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Get a glimpse into the minds of young writers who are shaping the future of Blak literature. With John Morrissey, Stone Motherless Cold, Susie Anderson and moderated by Neika Lehman.

In partnership with Emerging Writers Festival.


John Morrissey

John Morrissey is a Melbourne writer of Kalkadoon descent. His work has been published in Overland, Voiceworks, Meanjin and the anthology This All Come Back Now. He was the winner of the 2020 Boundless Mentorship and the runner-up for the 2018 Nakata Brophy Prize. His first collection of stories, Firelight, was published in 2023.

Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a proud Wergaia & Wemba Wemba woman from Western Victoria. A writer of poetry and nonfiction, her work reflects on the hidden layers of visual arts practice, Country, memory and place. In 2010 Susie became part of the Editorial Committee of Voiceworks Magazine, where she developed and honed her poetry practice. Over…

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…

Neika Lehman

Neika Lehman is a writer & RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow in Creative Writing, School of Media & Communication. Their poetry, essays and criticism appear in NANGAMAY dream MANA gather DJURALI grow: First Nations Australia LGBTQIA+ Poetry, Best Australian Poems 2023, un Mag, Art + Australia, The Saturday Paper, Cordite, Overland, Australian Poetry Journal among others….