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.

Lenora Thaker

Lenora is a Mabuiag-laig and Meriam woman, born and raised on Yidinji and Yirrganydji country in far north Queensland.  Her passion has been documenting her family’s history over many years, working with Elders to help bring their stories to life in DVD and television documentaries and working on her own fiction and non-fiction writing.  

She was awarded the 2021 Boundless Indigenous Writers Mentorship for her draft manuscript about a fictional family of Torres Strait Islanders living on the mainland during World War 2.  Her current major work explores themes of mid-twentieth century race relations, kinship expectations and personal desire.

Lenora believes that Zenardth Kes voices are too few and far between on the literary landscape and that (to quote Toni Morrison): if you cannot find the book you want to read, you must write it



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