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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Aunty Pam Pedersen

Aunty Pam Pedersen as an Elder sits on the various Courts in Melbourne and Shepparton a position which she has held since 2005. Whilst living in Shepparton, Aunty Pam worked at Berry Street for many years working with young Aboriginal children and their families who came in contact with the criminal justice system as well as working in a capacity building role. She was also a Community Member of the Adult Parole Board for some six years. At the age of 50 Aunty Pam started looking at herself and thinking about our Aboriginal people who suffer diabetes and heart problems. She decided to take up walking to try and be a role model for them. By doing this she achieved as some of her people started to follow in her footsteps which made her feel proud. She remembers one year when the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service organised some 100 community people to take part in the Royal Children’s Hospital Easter fun run/walk over the Bolte Bridge. It was such a joy for her. Aunty Pam is a passionate person for her community and young people and is always willing to help whenever needed. She is a keen sportsperson taking part in half marathons and has represented Victoria in the World Masters Games in swimming and running and was also a crew member on a yacht named “Stilletto” winning the Devonport to Melbourne yacht race. Last year during COVID she participated in two half marathons which she is very proud of. Aunty Pam’s motto “If you dream it, you can achieve it”


Borrow a Living Book

Sit down with an Elder who will share a story of their lived experience. Immerse yourself in rich stories from four fabulous and fascinating Elders in an intimate and personal setting. With Uncle Larry Walsh, Aunty Pattie Lees, Aunty Pam Pederson and Uncle Talgium Edwards. The setting, Big Esso (Mabu Mabu), is an Indigenous bar…

This event has multiple sessions:
March 19: 3.00pm
March 19: 4.00pm