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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Showcasing a series of monologues from recent First Nations plays staged around Australia.

This event will give you on a captivating taste First Nations plays where gritty, funny, and poignant narratives take centre stage. These plays, enriched with strong characters and dynamic dialogue, showcase the power of the monologue at various script junctures – be it the opening gambit, the turning point, or the poignant denouement.

Actors Shontane Farmer and Nelson Baker will deliver monologues from the following playwrights: Kodie Bedford, Anita Heiss, Nathan Maynard, Kirli Saunders, Jane Harrison, Nakkiah Lui, Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine, Andrea James, Daniel Riley, Amy Sole and Richard Frankland

In partnership with Currency Press.


Shontane Farmer

Shontane is a Noongar and Yamatji woman who was born and raised in Perth. The performing arts was something Shontane was always interested in but never knew this passion could become a career. In 2019 Shontane completed the Aboriginal Performance course at WAAPA. She then auditioned for the Bachelor of Arts (Acting) and was accepted…

Nelson Baker

After graduating from WAAPA, Nelson Baker immediately landed a lead role in the ABC’s television comedy-drama series, The Warriors.