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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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Leah Purcell

A proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland, Leah Purcell AM is one of Australia’s leading actors, with award-winning roles in theatre, film, and television.

Leah headlines the upcoming Foxtel drama series High Country on which she also serves as Executive Producer and Cultural Advisor. The series is produced by Curio Pictures in association with Rage Media.

Leah stars alongside Sigourney Weaver in the Amazon Studios miniseries The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. Other screen credits include: Shayda, Wentworth, Janet King, Redfern Now, The Proposition and Lantana.

Leah’s feature film directorial debut, The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson Рfor which she also starred in the lead role, wrote, and produced Рreceived 13 AACTA Award nominations, with Leah winning the 2022 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress, as well as an ADG Award for Best Debut Feature Film.

Throughout her career Leah has received 26 awards and 11 nominations for her work as an actor, writer, director, and producer as well as the 2021 Member of The Order of Australia (AM).