The Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) program has published an annual volume of poetry by First Nations inmates in Junee Correctional Centre for a decade. Cathy Craigie hosts a panel of Wadi Elder Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Program Director), Simon Luckhurst (Coordinator), Sharon Ingram-Twyford and Luke Patterson (Tutors) as they describe the successes of the program and why contributing to these books is important for the inmates – for their art, their culture and their personal experience.
This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Australian)
Aunty Barbara Nicholson is a Wadi Wadi Elder from the Illawarra who holds a degree in English Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW). She began the Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) project which has collected and published writing from First Australian inmates in Junee Jail for the last ten years. Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre Volume Ten is a unique collection of the authentic voices of its contributors.
Simon Luckhurst (Australian)
Simon Luckhurst is the project coordinator of Ngana Barangarai. He's the author of Eddie's Country, described by John Pilger as one of the most important Australian books of his lifetime. In addition to his other books and plays, Simon is the writer and producer of the Ear-Movies.com podcast.
Sharon Ingram-Twyford (Australian)
Sharon Ingram-Twyford is a proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal Woman born on Dharawal land, with strong connections to the Wodi-Wodi people. She works in Woolyungah Indigenous Centre in Wollongong encouraging Indigenous people into higher education and is a writer, mentor and long-term supporter of Ngana Barangarai.
Luke Patterson (Australian)
Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands. Grounded in extensive work with Aboriginal and other community-based organisations across Australia, his creative pursuits focus on the ways bioregional identities and consciousness are expressed through localised and vernacular forms. Luke is currently a Juncture fellow with Sydney Review of Books and a member of the 2022 Emerging Writers Festival advisory board. He has written poetry for in journals including Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit and Running Dog.
Cathy Craigie (Australian)
Cathy Craigie is a Gamilaraay woman who is passionate about Aboriginal community development utilising literature. She is a founding member of Sydney’s Koori Radio, the first Executive Director of First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) and former Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Arts Board at the Australia Council. Her writing includes plays, short stories, writing for children and essays.