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.

Jackie Sheppard

Jackie Sheppard (She/Her/They) is of the Tagalaka Clan Group, Far North Queensland. She lives and works on Kulin Land, in so called Victoria. Jackie is a mixed medium performer, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. Their creations and works are inspired by the multilayered narratives of Sovereign peoples. She attempts to identify and interrogate Ancestral, Inter-generational and meta-physical narratives that are relative to Blak lived experiences. Focusing on the aspects of our Physical, Spiritual and Sub-conscious bodies, Jackie seeks to shed light in dark places, promoting the opportunity to explore and present story in a way which nurtures the storyteller. They is studying Somatic Movement Therapy (SMT) and are working towards a reclamation process of Embodied practices by engaging with and remaining curious of decolonial philosophies & practices. Jackie has extensive experience in community engagement and has worked in a diverse range of spaces nationally. Her work has focuses on cultivating creative well-being spaces within the intersections of Bla(c)k, and People of Colour communities, inclusive of diverse LGBTQI+ communities.



Blak & Bright Festival Opening Event

Join us to celebrate the official opening of the 2022 Blak & Bright Literary Festival! Witness, Solace, the commissioned performance by Jackie Sheppard, Bryan Andy, James Henry and Steven Rhall, exploring mental health. Followed by special guest, Melissa Lucashenko, talking to the theme, ‘What’s Changed? What’s Stayed the Same?’, with spotlight on writers Jazz Money, …

March 18, 2022