Uncle Larry Walsh

Uncle Larry Walsh is a local Aboriginal cultural leader and storyteller. He particularly loves working with the younger generation as he sees them as the torchbearers of the future. Inspired by his local Aboriginal community, plus his own Kulin ancestral blood connections to his country, Uncle is one of the only senior Elders in Melbourne who focuses specifically on storytelling, ensuring the cultural continuity of his ancient oral traditions.

He has contributed to many organisations and cultural events over the years – Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC); the First Peoples exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum; and the Tanderrum celebration at the Melbourne Festival, to name just a few.

Uncle Larry describes himself as a pure storyteller. He sees his focus being on the oral tradition – the story as an important expression and element of Aboriginal culture. He wishes to display that Aboriginal people live in the modern world as intimately as they are connected to their past.



Opening Address: 20 Reasons Why You Should Read Blak

The multi-talented Anita Heiss will ‘unpack the Blak’ and present 20 reasons why and how you should read Indigenous literature. She’ll be joined by two of our finest Indigenous actors, reading excerpts from 20 Blak books. Join us for a funny and challenging, rapid-fire event. Featuring Anita Heiss, Pauline Whyman and Greg Fryer. Presented by…

September 8, 2019

Blak Gala: Stories Behind the Songs

With heartfelt musical performances alongside the tales behind the tunes, you’ll hear powerful and honest narratives connecting country, community and family. Uncover pitch-perfect musical perspectives – from the poignant to the playful – in this most sweet-sounding of literary parties. Featuring James Henry, Monica Weightman and Kutcha Edwards with special guests MC Tammy Anderson. Presented…

September 5, 2019