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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Gregg Dreise

Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician; and he features the didgeridoo and guitar in his high energy performances. He uses music and laughter to take audiences on a story telling journey – that just might sneak in a lesson or two. Gregg is a touring Author/Musician/Entertainer who continually performs in schools, libraries, community events and even the Sydney Opera House with his didgeridoo and guitar. He always aims to educate an audience filled with smiles.

He is a guest presenter on ABC’s Play School and on Mugu Kids on NITV. He designed the Indigenous Jersey for the QLD Maroons 2019, plus the QLD Murris all Indigenous NRL team jersey. He created all of the Aboriginal Art in the Sets of the reality TV show I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Outta Here Australia. As a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales his storytelling addresses self-image, friendship, kindness, bullying and indigenous culture.

The latest books he wrote and illustrated include Common Wealth a Slam Poetry Persuasive about change and unity, plus Hello and Welcome a companion to My Culture and Me, and his Bird series Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra, Mad Magpie, Cunning Crow and Awesome Emu. There are also two Board Books for young readers Today’s Sun and Where’s My Baby?

His latest book is in collaboration with NRL player Alex Johnston with A Footy Tail, and a collaboration with his niece Kristy Dreise with the book Firehawk.