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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Elijah Money

Elijah Money is a queer Wiradjuri brotherboy who was raised on Kulin Nations where he continues to reside. His practice includes visual art, writing, MC, workshop facilitator, drag performance and more. These are all ingrained with strong recurring themes of colonialism, assimilation, skin colour, gender, mental illness, sexuality, climate change, stolen generations, identity as well as critiquing the Eurocentric western idealised structure that each person in so called “Australia” is forced to maintain.

Notable highlights include:

Opened for Alison Whittaker’s book “Blak Work” 2018 (Wheelers Centre); participant for Writing Residency and hosted “Deadly Poets Yarn” 2020 (MPavilion); digital artwork and written work 2020 (Archer Magazine); visual artist and participant “Poetry and the Political” 2020 (NextWave); given lectures (ViewPoint Secondary 2019 & Melbourne University 2020 & Writing & Concepts X Signal 2022); published 2017, 2018, 2020 & 2021 (Rabbit Journal); reading & publication 2021 (Heide Art Museum X Rabbit Journal); review of Archie Moore’s “Dwelling-Victorian Issue”, 2022 (Memo Review); review of Arthur Jafa’s “Unrest”, 2023 (un Extended). https://archermagazine.com.au/2020/06/gender-performance-and-drag/ https://mpavilion.org/writers-elijah-money/ https://mpavilion.org/qa-with-elijah-money/ https://memoreview.net/reviews/dwelling-victorian-issue-at-gertrude-contemporary-by-elijah-money https://unprojects.org.au/article/movement-of-unrest/