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.

Coral Reeve

Ngata, I’m Coral and I am a Gunditjmara woman living in Djilang (Geelong), I’m currently completing my Master of Arts, Writing and Literature. After 10 years of studying, writing and publishing work I will aim to run an Editing/publishing business as well as tutoring. I’m a mother to a beautiful boy and love to go hiking, camping and exploring the natural world. My son and I had a bit of a rough start with having to flee Melbourne due to DV, which meant leaving all our family there and starting new in Geelong. What I’ve learned from writing is it is an outlet that offers so much more than words on a paper, that every punctuation, letter and word has its own impact.



Yarn Bombers

Three minute ‘bonus’ yarns from emerging community storytellers will pop up at the start of many sessions. See the future of Blak writing here first. Thank you to the Victorian Women’s Trust: Christine Friday and Kathleen Dooley Sub-Fund for giving us the opportunity to hold free masterclasses with award winning writer Jeanine Leane; and also…

March 19March 20, 2022   10.00am—6.15pm