‘Show me the receipts where it says Hermione is white,’ says Indigenous activist and self-professed Blerd (Black Nerd) Nayuka Gorrie. From the newest incarnation of Marvel’s Spiderman to groundbreaking series such as Cleverman, the Blerd movement is gathering momentum. It’s recasting cultural themes and turning stereotypes on their head. Join Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen and an all-star cast including Roxane Gay, Nayuka Gorrie, Miranda Tapsell and Colson Whitehead for a not-to-be-missed celebration of the exciting Blerd movement.

Nayuka Gorrie (Australian)

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the third and fourth seasons of Black Comedy and provided additional writing on the second season of Get Krack!n. Nayuka’s writing can be found in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, VICE, Junkee, Archer Magazine, The Lifted Brow and NITV, among others. Nayuka contributed to the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia and is currently writing a book of essays as a previous recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter initiative.

Miranda Tapsell (Australian)

Miranda Tapsell

Miranda Tapsell is a proud Larrakia Tiwi woman from Darwin who grew up in Kakadu National Park. Recently, Miranda co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the film Top End Wedding that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2019 to stellar reviews and box office success. She will next be seen in the feature film, The Dry. Miranda is renowned for her stellar performance in the film The Sapphires as well as the television series Love Child for which she won two Logie Awards. Other television series include Doctor Doctor, Secret City, Get Krack!n, Mabo, Play School and the animation Little J & Big Cuz. Top End Girl is Miranda's entertaining and thought-provoking memoir.