Whose Country Is It Anyway?

Literature has played a significant role in the colonial imagination and the domination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Bundjalung author and Miles Franklin Award winner Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip) and Yuwaalaraay musician and author Nardi Simpson (Song of the Crocodile) have a profound discussion on writing Country with Festival Guest Curator, Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer, Nayuka Gorrie. As Nayuka reflects, “The way our land and non-human kin have been written formed part of the justification for the control and brutalisation of Country. This is in stark contrast to the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people write of Country. No one writes Country like we do.”