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.

Stevie Wappett

I grew up on Bundjalung Country as a diasporic Biripi person. Not being connected to my Country or community, I began to make up worlds to heal via creative writing. My interest lies in Indigenous Futurism and its capacity to counter and transcend colonial narratives that inhibit Indigenous voices and experiences. The ultimate aim is to reach young Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers who deserve to learn about or see themselves in literature that explores Indigenous lived experience and Indigenous philosophies through the limitless space of futurism.



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