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LGBTQIA+ writers share their words and the stories that inspired them. With Laniyuk, Kirli Saunders, Stone Motherless Cold and moderated by Nayuka Gorrie.



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…

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders (OAM) is a proud Gunai Woman who rarely stays in her lane. She’s an award winning multidisciplinary artist, writer, singer-songwriter and consultant. Kirli creates, to connect, to make change. She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to the arts (2022). Kirli has partnered with global organisations including Google, Fender, Sydney…

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wriadjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. They are writing a book about colonialism, death and living in Australia.

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…