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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How does living on Country inspire writing? Be immersed as writers and poets from language groups across the central desert share their work from their remote homelands.

A film series featuring Theresa Penangke Alice, Marie Elena Ellis, Maureen Nampijinpa O’Keefe, Tisha Perrurle Carter and Desmond and Stanley Byrne. Co-created with GARUWA co-founder Kieran Satour and Director of Photography Ryan Andrew Lee. This event will be moderated by Laniyuk.
A partnership by Running Water Community Press & GARUWA. Funded by the Readings Foundation & the Northern Territory Government of Australia


Tisha Carter

Tisha is an Anmatjere woman from Petyale outside Ti Tree remote community, around 230 kms north of Mparntwe Alice Springs. She has worked tirelessly for her local community for over a decade across many roles, including with Akeyulerre Healing Centre – a local Arrernte cultural centre. Her passion is organising cultural healing and poetry workshops…

Marie Elena Ellis

Marie Elena Ellis is an Arrernte Warlpiri woman from Amoonguna Community, 11km south-east of Mparntwe Alice Springs. She is a cultural adviser, educator, multi-linguist and interpreter. She was selected to be on the First Nations Advisory Board for Pearson Publishing, one of the largest publishers of education resources in Australia. Marie is a scriptwriter and a writer of short stories…


Laniyuk is a Larrakia, Kungarakan, Gurindji and French political creative whose art practise is grounded in cultural, language and land reclamation. She writes and performs poetry, speculative fiction, short memoir and is a visual artist. She gives lectures, moderates panels and runs workshops. Having recently completed Garuwa and Doc Society’s First Nations Impact Lab Laniyuk is interested in…