Acclaimed Festival guests discuss Indigenous participation in social media, and the art that comes from it. Panellists examine the poetry, literature, political resistance and cultural healing that comes from engaging with social media and contemporary activism. Alison Whittaker talks to Evelyn Araluen, a PhD candidate and educator who specialises in Indigenous literatures; and Nayuka Gorrie, a Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta woman who works with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy.
Nayuka Gorrie (Australian)
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)
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)
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.