Eminent First Nations writers Jackie Huggins and Chelsea Watego discuss their seminal collections that confront vital questions about this country’s past and present. Jackie’s anthology Sister Girl represents decades of writing by the historian and activist, offering deep insight into the history, values and struggles of Indigenous peoples, and her biography of her father Jack of Hearts: QX11594 is a moving account of the sacrifices made by this country’s soldiers. Chelsea’s fierce, funny and unsparing Another Day in the Colony draws from other great Black thinkers to argue for a future based not on inclusion and hope, but on self-determination. They are joined in conversation by Larissa Behrendt (After Story).
Jackie Huggins (Australian)
Jackie Huggins is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru from Queensland. Her involvement in Aboriginal affairs spans four decades in community, non-government and government spheres, namely reconciliation, women's issues, social justice and education. Currently she is working on Treaty for Queensland. She is also a trained historian. Her new edition of Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation, first published in 1998, was released in January and her biography of her father Jack of Hearts QX11594 is released in April.
Chelsea Watego (Australian)
Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and Associate Lecturer within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at The University of Queensland. With over 20 years’ experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher, she is a prolific writer and public intellectual. She is a founding Board member of Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous community development association within her community, and was one half of the Wild Black Women radio/podcast show. Her forthcoming book Another Day in the Colony is to be released in November 2021.
Larissa Behrendt (Australian)
Larissa Behrendt is a filmmaker, broadcaster, academic and the author of three novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book; Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and the bestselling After Story. She has published numerous books on Indigenous legal issues and the influential history book Finding Eliza: Power and colonial storytelling. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC person of the Year Award and the 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.