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. 

Hannah Donnelly (Australian)

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Hannah Donnelly is a writer and the creator of Sovereign Trax. Her work experiments with future tense, speculative fiction and Indigenous responses to climate trauma through stories of cultural flows and water. Sovereign Trax is an online platform promoting First Nations music through energising decolonisation conversations and community in music. Hannah is currently working at Next Wave as an associate producer.

Nayuka Gorrie (Australian)

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Nayuka is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She is passionate about climate justice, the rights of women and the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Nayuka works across the youth sector as a program manager, facilitator and consultant.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

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Evelyn Araluen is a poet, activist, and PhD candidate teaching and researching Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney, Eora country. Born and raised on Dharug country with Bundjalung ancestry, her poetry and criticism can be found in Southerly, Overland, and The Best Australian Poems of 2016.

Alison Whittaker (Australian)

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Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and researcher, and winner of the 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She has words in major literary journals and online platforms. Her debut collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire received the State Library of Queensland's 2015 black&write! Fellowship and was shortlisted for the 2016 Scanlon Prize.

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

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Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman from South East Queensland. She is the author of Comfort Food and Heat and Light which won the 2013 David Unaipon Award, the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize.