Gomeroi writer and Fulbright scholar Alison Whittaker melds memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique in her fearless collection Blakwork, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. She speaks with ABC RN’s Daniel Browning about her collection, which touches on urgent topics including social justice, feminism, class, incarceration and the erasure of Aboriginal peoples in settler history and policy. It also contains poignant and humorous recollections of her childhood in Sydney and rural Australia.
Alison Whittaker (Australian)
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017-2018 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 is a collection of poetry, essays and short stories.
Daniel Browning (Australian)
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN. Awaye! surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer. He is currently the curator of Blak Box, an immersive sound installation commissioned by performing arts company Urban Theatre Projects. He studied English and Art History at the University of Queensland before graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Queensland University of Technology. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.