Three-minute ‘bonus’ yarns from community storytellers will pop up at the start of many sessions. Happening throughout Saturday. Writers include Bridget Caldwell, Monique Grbec, Maurial Spearim, Den the Fish, Mark Nannup, Ryan Prehn, Bryan Andy.
Picture Tells A Thousand Words kids workshop
We’ve sharpened a set of Sharpie pens for this fabulous workshop with 2019 Children’s Book Award winning illustrator Dub Leffler and the irrepressible Gregg Driese. This one’s for the youngins – Dub and Greff are heading to Kathleen Syme to share their skills with your little ones! All materials are provided. Suitable for ages 7…
Aboriginal Philosophies and Healing
In a world dominated by Western philosophies hear three extraordinary Blak thinkers in conversation. Victoria Grieve-Williams will speak to the concept of Makarrata, a peacemaking process after a conflict, which begins with truth-telling. Dr Gregory Phillips established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and has a PhD in Psychology. Uncle Jim Everett, puralia…
Picture tells a thousand words
Gregg has authored and illustrated many delightful and fun children’s books, including Silly Birds and Mad Magpies, and Dub has illustrated the whimsical Once There was a Boy, among a heap of books, and has even collaborated with Banksy. Together they will provide a real insight into the craft of visual storytelling. With Gregg Driese,…
Sistas are doing it
These amazing Blak women are blazing a path in their creative practices, with hard work, new approaches and grit. Let them tell it how it is. With Liza-Mare Syron, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Marie Munkara. Moderated by Julia Hurst. Presented in partnership with The Stella Prize. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.
Heard a Blak Book read to children?
The divine Maurial Spearim, actor and playwright, will read a selection of adorable, funny, poignant and thoughtful Blak children’s books at Ngarara Willim. Two sessions suitable for different ages. From 12.15 to 1pm, stories for children aged 3 to 5. From 1.15 to 2pm, stories for children aged 6 to 8. Presented in partnership with…
Of the approximate 250 traditional languages spoken in 1788 only 13 are still actively being acquired by children. Hear from a local cultural warrior who is relearning, reclaiming and re-educating in her own language. With Vicki Couzens. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.
The craft of writing
Our panellists work in a variety of genres and have vastly different styles. So how do they create? This session will delve into the how, when, where and most importantly why writers write. With Drew Hayden Taylor (NZ), Raelee Lancaster, Laniyuk. Moderator: Bridget Caldwell. Presented in partnership with Writers Victoria. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education…
Yung, Blak & Bold
The meek might inherit the world, but the bold are going to ensure there is an equitable world to inherit. Hear them talk about the things that matter now. With Tarneen Onus, Georgia Mae and Carissa Lee. Moderator Nayuka Gorrie. Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and…
Big Blak Poetry Read
Seven of the best poets read three of their best poems in a mellifluous hour of power. With Ali Cobby Eckermann, Uncle Jim Everett, Raelee Lancaster, Yvette Holt, Selina Tusitala Marsh (NZ), Melanie Mununggurr-Williams and Ellen van Neerven. Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.