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

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie author from Brisbane. Her latest novel is Edenglassie, a narrative of colonial Moreton Bay in the 1850s.

Melissa is a Miles Franklin winner for Too Much Lip, a Walkley Award winner for non-fiction, and a founding member of Sisters Inside.