Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Mariah Sweetman

Mariah is a proud descendant of Ugarapul people. She is a creative enneagram nine who loves to write and paint. She is passionate about local history and engaging young people in local stories.

Mariah is a teacher by trade and lives with her family and a golden retriever. In her free time, she enjoys running along the waterfront, attending church, and supporting the local coffee shop by indulging in numerous long black coffees.

Mariah’s perfect night would involve enjoying takeout on the couch with her husband, playing a round of cards, and ending the evening with a great book in bed.