“If we can just hold the line, wrest back some control over the stories told about us, and replace them with our own, then we can exert power too,” Melissa Lucashenko writes. “We can reshape the ideas of what it is to be Aboriginal.” Melissa joins three outstanding writers from the Wheeler Centre’s The Next Chapter scheme – Evelyn Araluen, Adam Thompson and Nayuka Gorrie – to discuss the politics, pressures and prerogatives of Blak storytelling in Australia today.

Presented with the Wheeler Centre.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. Her work has won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant.

Adam Thompson (Australian)

Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson is an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Launceston, who writes contemporary, Aboriginal themed short-fiction. Adam has received writing awards through the Tamar Valley Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival. In 2018, Adam was awarded a First Nations Fellowship at Varuna Writers House, and was one of ten recipients of The Next Chapter initiative through the Wheeler Centre. Adam has had fiction published by Kill Your Darlings. He works full-time at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

Nayuka Gorrie (Australian)

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. Nayuka writes social commentary and television comedy.

Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is an acclaimed Aboriginal novelist from Queensland. She is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and has won numerous prizes for her novels about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Melissa is a founding member of the prisoner rights group, Sisters Inside. Her latest book is Too Much Lip.