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.

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia Country in Darwin. A father of five children, he is a wharfie and union official for the Maritime Union of Australia. He has tirelessly advocated for the proposals in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and is the author of four bestselling books. His First book, Finding the Heart of the Nation: The journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth, tells his story, the story of the Uluru Statement, and the stories of the remarkable people he met on his campaigning journey. A children’s version, Finding Our Heart, was published in June 2020. In 2021, Thomas released a children’s book, Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walk-Off, published by Bright Light; and Dear Son – Letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and Sons. Thomas has also published numerous articles and essays with The Guardian, Griffith Review, Crikey and The Sydney Morning Herald.



Blak & White & Read (& Heard) All Over

Unpacking the importance of Blak voices in the media with Daniel Browning, Declan Fry and Thomas Mayor moderated by Merinda Dutton.

March 19, 2022

Education Day

Explore the rich history of First Nations storytelling through a special education event at State Library Victoria. Blak & Bright is hosting our first-ever education day at State Library Victoria for secondary students in years 9 -10. Featuring award-winning authors Kirli Saunders (Bindi), Jared Thomas (Songs that sound like blood), Thomas Mayor (Freedom Day) and…

March 17, 2022

Teacher Personal Development

Teachers are invited to a special professional development event at State Library Victoria. Blak & Bright  is hosting its first-ever teacher PD event.  Join writers Bruce Pascoe and Thomas Mayor, along with our talented panel of First Nations educators, to discuss and explore ‘how to teach Blak literature’.  Educators from Beaconhills College will also discuss…