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.

Neika Lehman

Neika Lehman is a writer & RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow in Creative Writing, School of Media & Communication.

Their poetry, essays and criticism appear in NANGAMAY dream MANA gather DJURALI grow: First Nations Australia LGBTQIA+ Poetry, Best Australian Poems 2023, un Mag, Art + Australia, The Saturday Paper, Cordite, Overland, Australian Poetry Journal among others. Neika descends from the Trawlwoolway Peoples of Tebrakunna Country, lutruwita (Tasmania) and currently resides in Narrm | Melbourne.