at The Wheeler Centre

Blak & Bright: Treaty, Yeah

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.

Who?

Portrait of Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann

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. 

Portrait of Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and highly commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s highly anticipated second poetry collection.

Portrait of Lidia Thorpe

Lidia Thorpe

Lidia Thorpe is the former Greens MP for the Victorian seat of Northcote, Gunnai-Kurnai Gunditjmara mother and grandmother living on Wurundjeri Country.

Portrait of Jim Everett

Jim Everett

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.

Portrait of Marie Munkara

Marie Munkara

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.

Where?

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