Candid, irreverent and woke AF, Pretty for an Aboriginal is a podcast that challenges traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and rigid mindsets of what women (and men) of colour can and cannot do. Join comedian and playwright Nakkiah Lui and festival guests Zinzi Clemmons, Cleo Wade and Glory Edim to talk about sex, relationships, ambition, success, power and race with their trademark honesty and wit for this Festival recording of the podcast.

Supported by the University of Sydney. 

Zinzi Clemmons (International)

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Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. She serves as Associate Editor at The Believer and as a Contributing Editor to Literary Hub. What We Lose, her first novel, is a finalist for the the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. Zinzi teaches creative writing at Occidental College, and is a Visiting Writer at Pitzer College.

Cleo Wade (International)

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Cleo Wade is an artist, poet and author of Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life. She contributes regularly to W Magazine, Teen Vogue and has presented at New York University, Columbia University and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been named one of America’s Most Influential Women by Marie Claire and ‘the Millenial Oprah’ by New York Magazine.

Glory Edim (International)

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Glory Okon Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, an online book club turned literary festival that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Brooklyn Magazine and Smart Girls called Glory the “future of reading”. She has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at start-ups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Webby Awards. Her first book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is an anthology of essays by high-profile black female writers, including Zinzi Clemmons, Morgan Jerkins, and Tayari Jones, and will be published in 2018.

Nakkiah Lui (Australian)

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Nakkiah Lui is the co-writer and star of Black Comedy, and co-host of the podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal. She has been a playwright-in-residence for Sydney's Belvoir Theatre and artist-in-residence for the Griffin Theatre. Most recently Nakkiah has appeared as a regular guest on Screen Time on ABC and her new six-part comedy series, Kiki & Kitty, premiered on ABC in 2017. She is a Gamilaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman, and a leader in the Australian Aboriginal community.