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Blak & Bright: Treaty, Yeah

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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.

Featuring

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 l... Read more

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Their books include Heat and Light, Comfort Food and Throat.

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. Some of her roles include: Managing director of Clan Corporation, a sustainable housing and renewable energy business catering to remote Aboriginal... Read more

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 ... Read more

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.

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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