Victoria is embarking on a Treaty process, the first of the states to do so. How do writers from other states respond – in a creative way – to the idea of a Treaty? We’ve asked some of our most lyrical and expressive poets and writers to pen their responses.
Featuring Ali Cobby Eckermann, Uncle Jim Everett, Marie Munkara and Ellen van Neerven, and host Lidia Thorpe.
This event is presented in partnership with Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Ali Cobby Eckermann is the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2014. Her verse novel Ruby Moonlight was published in the USA in 2015 and a collection of poems translated and published in Kolkata, India. She returned home and launched her seventh book Inside My Mother in Alice Springs. In 2017, Ali was the first Indigenous poet to receive the Windham Campbell Prize for poetry from Yale University.
Ellen van Neerven is Mununjali from the Yugambeh language group of South East Queensland on her mother’s side. Her first book Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.
Lidia Thorpe is the former Greens MP for the Victorian seat of Northcote, Gunnai-Kurnai Gunditjmara mother and grandmother living on Wurundjeri Country.
Jim Everett – puralia meenamatta. A plangermairreenner man, Turbuna-Meenamatta, Tasmania. Jim worked for 15 years as a fisherman, merchant seaman, at the Australian Regular Army, in Aboriginal organisations and the public service. He wrote We Are Survivors (1984) and produced, directed, and acted in it. His written works include plays, papers and short stories. He also produced One People Sing Freedom (ABC 1988) and has been an associate producer on documentaries.
Born on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhemland, Marie Munkara has written two novels, two children’s books and a memoir which is currently being made into a film. Marie is currently working on two TV mini-series and is completing a PhD.