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.

Maylene Yinarr

Experience the soulful melodies of Maylene Yinarr, a singer-songwriter who delves deep into the themes of vulnerability and connection. As a descendant of the First Peoples of Australia and Melonesia, Maylene Yinarr’s music is a perfect blend of emotive lyrics and captivating melodies. Her soulful voice has the power to transport you to a world of raw emotions and heartfelt sentiments as a reminder that we are only human.

Beginning a beautiful collaboration with Melbourne-based band, The Deans of Soul in 2023 and released her debut single, This Is For Us as part of the Singing Our Futures Program presented by the Archie Roach Foundation. Away from performances, Maylene is the founder and Director of Mindful Mob Wellness and Coaching and First Nations Women In Music Victoria. If you’re looking for an artist who will make you feel something real, then look no further than Maylene Yinarr.