The Salon Series: Country and Culture

The Salon Series: Country and Culture

On Friday 9 July, commencing a new series of seasonal creative salons in partnership with State Library of Victoria, we presented Country and Culture: a special celebration of the power of Indigenous storytelling, poetry and music, honouring the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme of ‘Heal Country’.

Performances include writer and poet Susie Anderson reading from her 2021 black&write! Fellowship winning poetry collection the body country, exploring land, memory, love and art. And David Unaipon Award-winning author and Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt discusses her extraordinary new novel After Story, which movingly fuses Western literature and Indigenous storytelling, with Yorta Yorta writer and broadcaster Daniel James.

Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria

Who?

Portrait of Larissa Behrendt

Larissa Behrendt

Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian and has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is also the author of two novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (South-East Asia and South Pacific); and Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. She is the Ambassador of the Gawura Aboriginal Campus at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and a board member of the Sydney Story Factory, a literacy program in Redfern. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. After Story is her latest novel, coming out July 2021 with UQP.

Portrait of Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson writes from the nexus of compassion and resistance. Her poetry and nonfiction are widely published online and in print, such as in Archer, Artist Profile, Artlink, un magazine, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and in many poetry anthologies.

In 2018, she was runner-up in the Overland Poetry Prize and awarded the Emerging Writer's Fellowship at State Library Victoria; in 2019, she was awarded a Writer's Victoria Neilma Sidney Grant and a recipient of the Overland Writers Residency. In 2020, she edited the online journal, Tell Me Like You Mean It Volume 4, for Australian Poetry and Cordite Poetry Review. She is a 2021 black&write! Fellow.

Her professional practice is as a digital producer in the arts and creative industries ranging from Sydney, London and Melbourne. Leveraging her position within institutions, she attempts to bring about change by uncovering and amplifying stories from her own and other communities. Descended from the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba peoples of Western Victoria, she currently lives on Boon Wurrung land in Melbourne. 

Portrait of Daniel James

Daniel James

Daniel is an award-winning Yorta Yorta Melbourne based writer and broadcaster. He hosts the Mission on 3RRR and is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days.