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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Join us as incredible poets of now share their hopes, love and learnings with our future generations through spoken word and movement. From Elders to emerging artists, don’t miss this opportunity to dream into the future. With Aunty Di Kerr, ENOKI, Nayook, Jada Narkle.

In partnership with Yirramboi.


Aunty Di Kerr

Aunty Diane Kerr is a respected Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe, and a Mother, Grandmother and Aunty to many across several generations. Born in Melbourne in 1954, Aunty Di identifies with the Ganun Willam Balak clan of the Wurundjeri and save for one year where she resided in Canberra has always lived on Wurundjeri country….


ENOKi (they/them) is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Blak Fulla based on Wurundjeri Country (Melbourne). They’re a multi-media artist with a focus on digital media. ENOKi’s previous work includes the First People’s RISING art tram “My Aunty Once Told Me” (Routes 58 & 59) and Apple’s 2023 World Pride Campaign. They also…


Naynook (Nirae Baluk, of the Hamilton/Walsh line) is a professionally awkward, Deaf/Disabled storyteller.

Jada Narkle

Jada Narkle is a multidisciplinary, collaborative artist and Noongar yorga, from the Wiilman and Yued tribes of Western Australia. Jada’s practise prefaces the deep and intricate understanding and exploration of interconnectivity. Through this knowledge they are re-contextualising their understanding of time and space, the body’s interaction and endless navigation of these as non-linear concepts. As a Blak…