Big Blak Poetry Read
Six of the fiercely best poets read three of their best poems. With Jazz Money, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Tony Birch, Kirli Saunders, Ellen van Neerven, plus International poet Tusiata Avia.
Sistas Are Doin’ It
Four fabulous Blak women with extraordinary lives; Aunty Ronnie Gorrie, Chelsea Watego, Nardi Simpson and moderated by Sonia Cooper. How do they juggle writing lives and busy lives? They have some stories to tell …
Yung, Blak & Bold
Three young writers, Jazz Money, Teela May Reid and Davey Thompson, have been corresponding in the months leading up to the Festival. They’ll share snippets of their correspondence and the things that matter now. Moderated by Bebe Backhouse.
LGBTQIA+ writers share their words and the stories behind them. With Ellen van Neerven, SJ Norman, Jazz Money. Moderator Daniel Browning
Yung Tent Embassy
Across two hours six activists from a range of social justice sites, curated by Crystal McKinnon, including Elder Activist Aunty Ronnie Gorrie, will present their curated, passionate ten-minute talks with time for audience responses. Please note: There has been a time change for this event. Yung Tent Embassy will now begin at 3:00 PM
Hear the best monologues to come from Blak playwrights including Kodie Bedford, Richard Frankland, Jane Harrison, Anita Heiss, Andrea James (with Catherine Ryan), Nakkiah Lui, Maryanne Sam, Dylan Van Den Berg, Ursula Yovich (with Alana Valentine). Read by two of our finest actors.
Walkin Country, Walkin Birrarung
Walk in the footsteps of 60,000 years of culture. Oral historian Dean Stewart will challenge and inspire you with hidden stories of our river, now called the Yarra. Bookings essential. Tours are approximately 2 hours, requires low impact walking and no bathroom available during the tour. Kids 5 years and under are free, but…
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…