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Blak & Bright: Opening Address: 20 Reasons Why You Should Read Blak

In the opening address for the inaugural Blak & Bright Festival, Anita Heiss ‘unpacks the Blak’ – presenting 20 reasons why you should read Indigenous literature. She’s joined by two of our finest Indigenous actors, reading excerpts from 20 Blak books. Join us for a funny and challenging, rapid-fire event.

Featuring Anita Heiss, Pauline Whyman and Greg Fryer.


Portrait of Anita Heiss

Anita Heiss

Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She lives in Brisbane.

Portrait of Pauline Whyman

Pauline Whyman

Pauline Whyman is a proud Yorta Yorta and Kulin Nations woman.

Pauline’s work as an actor, writer and director includes verbatim theatre for La Mama’s Minutes of Evidence, proudly playing roles of the women of Coranderrk and their fight for structural justice. She played the role of Aunty Cath for the Australian/Canadian TV series Hard Rock Medical, and Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest for Black Swan State Theatre Company. In her Australian feature film debut, she played Skinny in Beck Cole’s feature film Here I Am.

Portrait of Greg Fryer

Greg Fryer

Greg Fryer is an actor, known for The SapphiresBilly and The Circuit.


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