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 and actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She is a co-writer and star of Black Comedy on ABC TV and is a monthly columnist for the Australian Women's Weekly Online. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company and was playwright in residence at Belvoir from 2012–2014.