Writing Blak Legacies: A First Nations Literature Gala [Melbourne]
Writing Blak Legacies: A First Nations Literature Gala [Melbourne]

Event Information


Thursday July 6, 2023
7:00 PM


The Capitol
113 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Nay King & Celeste Di Pietro

Language/ Cultural Consultant


Tickets for First Nations audiences $20.00, other tickets start at $40.00

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This year, the University of Queensland Press released the first instalment of its First Nations Classics series, recognising the brilliant and vital literary contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers across the decades.

To mark the publication of this landmark series, the Wheeler Centre and Blak & Bright present a vibrant evening of reflections, readings and performance featuring many of the series authors and contributors, hosted by acclaimed author Tony Birch. Hear from Evelyn Araluen, Larissa Behrendt, Ellen van Neerven, Alison Whittaker, Jeanine Leane, Archie Weller, Kev Carmody and Tara June Winch, alongside series editor Yasmin Smith and series designer Jenna Lee, with a special musical performance by Nardi Simpson and Yarn Bomb by Zerene Jaadwa.

Together they will celebrate the 2023 NAIDOC theme ‘For Our Elders’, recognising the importance of intergenerational knowledge and storytelling and bringing renewed attention to timeless works of literature that are as important, engaging and relevant today as they were on first publication.

Kev Carmody and Tara June Winch will appear via video.

Artwork by Jenna Lee.

Presented in partnership with Blak & Bright. Supported by RMIT Culture. 

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