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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Melissa Lucashenko

ML is a multi-award winning novelist, essayist and short fiction writer from Brisbane. A Bundjalung woman, her work for three decades has centered the experiences of poor, Blak and underclass women. In her twenties ML was part of a feminist collective which established Sisters Inside, a human rights organisation supporting criminalised women of all backgrounds in se qld. Her 2019 novel Too Much Lip won the Miles Franklin Award and the Qld Literary Prize for Fiction. Her previous novels have won or been shortlisted for many other Australian and international awards. She is currently working on a novel of historical Maganchin-Brisbane, set in 1854. Her hobbies include bushwalking, reading, and swearing at the television.



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

Words in Progress

The how, when, where, what and why of their writing practices. With Melissa Lucashenko, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Claire G. Coleman and moderated Declan Fry. Due to circumstances Tara June Winch can no longer participate in this event.

March 20, 2022