Join us for a unique educational experience at State Library Victoria, where students in Years 9-10 and their teachers can engage in panel discussions, author workshops, and a special performance featuring monologues created and presented by talented First Nations artists. Tickets are limited and free for Victorian students. In partnership with State Library Victoria. …
This forum, specifically for LGBTQIA+ Blak writers, will have a focus on navigating the literature industry, facilitated by Ellen van Neerven. Lunch is provided by Mabu Mabu, however dietary requests are limited. This event is reserved for LGBTQIA First Nations people only. Limited spaces available so book in quick.
Pitch Blak Afternoon Tea
The First Nations Australia Writers Network hosts our industry event where you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your work in progress to publishing industry experts.. Representatives from Allen & Unwin, Black Inc, Hachette, Hardie Grant, Harper Collins, Magabala Books, Penguin Random House, Text Publishers, UQP, Jacinta di Mase Management and more! Afternoon tea is supplied…
Keynote: State of the Nations
John Paul Janke will present an overview of how First Nations’ communities are faring, with startling insights into progress made and where more improvement is needed.
Blak & Bright Festival Opening Event
Join us to celebrate the official opening of the 2022 Blak & Bright Literary Festival! Witness, Solace, the commissioned performance by Jackie Sheppard, Bryan Andy, James Henry and Steven Rhall, exploring mental health. Followed by special guest, Melissa Lucashenko, talking to the theme, ‘What’s Changed? What’s Stayed the Same?’, with spotlight on writers Jazz Money, …
A Big Life
These first time authors have written captivating memoirs of their extraordinary lives. We hear from Aunty Veronica Gorrie, Aunty Pattie Lees, and Adam Lees. Moderator Aunty Bev Murray.
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.