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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Stone Motherless Cold

Stone Motherless Cold (she/they/re) is an Arrernte gem, currently based in Naarm. A crystalline being posing as human, With drag as their main medium, the queer artform centres their other art practices, combining them to create multi-disciplinary projects. These projects are used to explore Blak futurism, gender and sexuality, their experiences with colonialism and living away from Country.

They are part of MoCo (the Motherless Collective), a VIC NAIDOC LGBTQIA+ 2019 title winner and 1st-Runner Up Miss First Nations 2021. Stone has previously worked on ‘Alluvium’ Yirramboi Festival 2023, ”A Rainbow of Tomorrows Melbourne Fringe Festival 2022, ‘SMASH: the Drag Show’ Midsumma 2022, ‘The Fae’ Yirramboi Festival 2021, ‘The Kingdom’ Midsumma 2020, ‘Drag of Kwatye’ 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival, ‘Dis Rupt’ Yirramboi 2019 and ‘Lets Take Over presents: The Reveillon’ at Northcote Town Hall 2019 to name a few…