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.

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Shauntai Sherree Abdul-Rahman

Multi-faceted vocalist and composer Shauntai Sherree Abdul-Rahman effortlessly inhabits the worlds of opera, inspirational soul and gospel, classical composition, and theatre making. Shauntai has appeared as a soloist for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Opera House, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Short Black Opera, and Arts Centre Melbourne.

She was the featured composer at the 2019 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival premiering her critically acclaimed song cycles drawing on Wiradjuri heritage and First Nations languages. She is a principal artist with Short Black Opera and was nominated best actress and best supporting actress in an opera in the 2016 at the Australian Broadwayworld awards.

In 2021 Shauntai made her Victorian Opera Debut as Mrs Waa in 2021 and 2023 she played the role of “Winsome” in Christopher Sainsbury and Jane Harrisons’s ‘The Visitors’. Shauntai is currently in the process of writing her first Australian Musical which is supported by Creative Victoria, inspired by the life of her late father Wally ‘Wait a While’ Carr an Indigenous boxer who held twelve titles across six different divisions across his 15-year career as a boxer and is inducted in the boxing Hall of Fame in Melbourne.