Fifty years after the 1967 referendum, works by First Nations writers continue to play a key role in activism and change in Australia. Evelyn Araluen, Hannah Donnelly, Nayuka Gorrie and Alison Whittaker are part of the next wave of First Nations women writers. In a not-to-be-missed event, these writers talk about community and courage, including a ‘live lit response’ honouring the matriarchal writers who have shaped their journeys. Hosted by guest curator Ellen van Neerven.

Supported by The Copyright Agency   

Curated by Ellen van Neervan. 

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born and raised in Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.

Alison Whittaker (Australian)

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017–18, Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her most recent book, Fire Front, is an anthology of, and about, First Nations published poetry.

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer and editor. Of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage, Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry called Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and was Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s second poetry collection.