Gala Night of Storytelling 2016: The Book that Changed Me: Nakkiah Lui

The Book that Changed Nakkiah Lui: Dutchman, by Amiri Baraka

At the 2016 Gala Night of Storytelling, writer and comedian Nakkiah Lui shares the story of the book that changed her life: Dutchman, by Amiri Baraka.

When I read this … my heart started beating too hard, and I dropped the book. It scared me, because I know what it’s like to hate. I know what it feels like to feel desperate … Dutchman changed my life, because I thought I had it all figured out. That empathy and stories could change the world ... but it’s so much more complicated than that. Dutchman made me realise that I would trade all my work – to have my grandmother back. I’d trade it back in an instant.

Nakkiah Lui


Portrait of Nakkiah Lui

Nakkiah Lui

Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She is a co-writer and star of ABC's Black Comedy. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company (2013) and was playwright in residence at Belvoir Theatre from 2012–14. In 2012, Nakkiah was the first recipient of The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council. The same year, Nakkiah was also the inaugural recipient of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award. In 2014, Nakkiah was the recipient of the Malcolm Robertson Prize and a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production. Most recently Nakkiah won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2018, Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting for Black is the New White.