Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander writer, director, actor Nakkiah Lui is an icon. She’s also a champion of new writers and voices making a creative career of “putting different voices out there … If you can read it, you can say it. If you can say it, you can do it. We don’t have to continue to negotiate for space, voice and freedom. We can just say it. We are enough.” Join Nakkiah Lui for a night of radical, inclusive, rebellious story-telling with writers who will be publishing work under her imprint, JOAN press, including Brooke Boney, Sarah Firth and Madison Godfrey.
Brooke Boney (Australian)
Brooke Boney is Today's Entertainment Presenter and a Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman known for her vibrant and informed opinion and reportage on everything from entertainment to politics. Formerly a journalist on triple j, ABC News, NITV and SBS, Brooke is an ambassador for UNICEF Australia, The GO Foundation and a member of the Indigenous Advisory Panel for the Museum of Contemporary Art. As the first Indigenous person on commercial breakfast television, Brooke believes we have arrived at a significant time in Australia. We are ready, as a nation, to start accepting and acknowledging our past - and perhaps re-evaluating who our national heroes are.
Madison Godfrey (Australian)
Madison 'Maddie' Godfrey is a writer, educator, and emotional feminist. They have performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, St Paul's Cathedral and Glastonbury Festival. Madison is a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship, the Varuna Poetry Flagship Fellowship and was recently rewarded a WA Youth Award for their 'Creative Contributions' to the state. Currently Madison is completing their PhD and living on Whadjuk Noongar land with a rescue cat named Sylvia.
Sarah Firth (Australian)
Sarah Firth is a comic artist/writer, animator and graphic recorder. She has animated for Comedy Central, and her short film Face to Face won the People's Choice Award at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. Her comic work was in the Eisner Award winning Drawing Power anthology, which was also listed in the New York Times and Washington Post's best comics of the year. She has received multiple Ledger Awards, a frankie magazine Good Stuff Award and The Immigration Museum's Talking Difference Fellowship. Her comic essay Dancing with Complexity was a finalist in the Incinerator Art Award for Social Change, along with being listed in The Conversation's ten best literary comics in Australia. Sarah's comics have been published by Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, ABRAMS Books, ABC Arts, Assemble Papers, Frankie Magazine, kuš!, Graphic Mundi, Penn State University Press, Picador, Allen & Unwin, The Nib, Black Inc, and Routledge. Her literary agent is Jacinta Di Mase. She is currently working on her debut graphic novel with JOAN press.
Nakkiah Lui (Australian)
Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. Amongst her stage and screen credits are ABC’s Black Comedy, her latest TV series Kiki & Kitty and her award-winning play Black is the New White. Nakkiah’s many accolades include The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council, the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award, the Malcolm Robertson Prize and a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production, the Patrick White Playwrights Award and Fellowship for 2018, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting. She has appeared on The Guardian, Junkee, Q&A and The Drum, and she co-hosted the BuzzFeed podcast series, Pretty For An Aboriginal, with Miranda Tapsell.