The quest for settlement with Australia’s First Nations continues through personal, political and philosophical spheres. Thomas Mayor, Teela Reid and Kirli Saunders join Ashley Hay to reframe distinct and exciting versions of power, the past and time itself, as presented in Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning. What might be possible for Australia’s narrative when reconciliation between the world’s oldest continuing culture and one of its newest nation states is achieved? And how can a reframing of historical legacies and presumptions create new futures? 

Presented in partnership with Griffith Review.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Kirli Saunders (Australian)

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a Gunai woman, multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator and consultant. Her award-winning books include BindiKindred and The Incredible Freedom Machines, and her forthcoming books are Returning and Our Dreaming.

Thomas Mayor (Australian)

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia Country in Darwin. He is a union official with the Maritime Union of Australia and the author of four books. Two of his books are about the Uluru Statement from the Heart. His most recent book is Dear Son - Letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and sons.

Teela Reid (Australian)

Teela Reid

Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri/Wailwan woman, lawyer and storyteller. She is currently a Sydney based Senior Solicitor working in Aboriginal Land Rights and Native Title. She is also the co-founder of @blackfulla_bookclub a platform that celebrate First Nations Ancestors as the original Storytellers.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her novels include The Railwayman's Wife and A Hundred Small Lessons. A new edition of her non-fiction narrative, Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions, was published in 2021. She is the editor of Griffith Review.