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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Sit down with First Nations Elders and bear witness to their sacred knowledge of country and community. With Aunty Di Kerr, Uncle Herb Patten, Uncle Dave Wandin and moderated by Isobel Morphy-Walsh.


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….

Uncle Herb Patten

Herb Patten (Ganai-Kurnai, Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri) is a painter and gum leaf player. He is widely known throughout Australia as a professional gum leaf player and has released two CDs – How to Play the Gumleaf and Born an Aussie Son. Patten has a Diploma in Visual Art and his painting, Five Shields, which consists of five separate objects,…

Uncle David Wandin

Uncle David Wandin is a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder and Cultural Practices Manager (Fire and Water) at the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. He is a recognised leader in the promotion and execution of cultural (cool) burns in Victoria. Prior to this role, Uncle Dave was instrumental in the establishment of the Corporation’s Narrap Team,…

Isobel Morphy-Walsh

Isobel Morphy-Walsh, a proud Nirim Baluk woman from the Taun Wurrung (Taungurung) people. Isobel is a mutli-disciplinary artist and writer spanning both visual art and performance art. Isobel is a weaver, a curator, a producer, an activist and an educator, a programmer, a singer and soon a playwright. Isobel has spent her life working with her community and our…