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Country

It’s cold outside, but in the cosy surrounds of the Moat, we’re gathering for four consecutive Mondays of Indigenous storytelling.

Oral storytelling is almost a lost art in these days of blogs, high-speed broadband and e-books. But it’s a rare pleasure to pause in our busy lives and immerse ourselves in the magic and power of the spoken word. Australia has a rich oral tradition, which we’ll rekindle in these evenings, with the crackling atmosphere of fireside tales.

Bunjilaka curator Genevieve Grieves and Miles Franklin shortlisted writer Tony Birch will curate – and co-host – a series of intimate evenings around the themes of Country, Sky, Water and Fire.

These elements are rich sources for creating meaningful stories that engage with the Australian landscape, either personally or politically. The stories will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of concerns and inspirations for Indigenous writers today.

Our hosts will be joined by a hand-picked selection of superb storytellers, including both performers and writers.

For Country, we’ll be joined by Vicki Couzens, Ron Murray and Jane Harrison.


Country

Strong people, strong culture, strong country.
In speaking our language we awaken the spirit.

Language, story, song and dance resonate with
country and place. The voice of our land is heard
in our language and songs.

Vicki Couzens

Who?

Portrait of Genevieve Grieves

Genevieve Grieves

Genevieve Grieves is an Indigenous educator, curator, filmmaker, artist, oral historian, researcher and writer who has accumulated nearly 20 years experience in the arts and culture industries. She is Worimi – traditionally from mid-north coast New South Wales – but has lived and worked on Kulin Country for many years. 

 Genevieve has a role as a public intellectual and speaker and teaches at the University of Melbourne, where she is also undertaking her PhD.She was the lead curator of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum, which opened in November 2013.

 

Portrait of Ron Murray

Ron Murray

Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man (Swan Hill area) living at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria on Jaara country. He is a cultural educator, storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor.

Country Sky Water Fire

It’s cold outside, but inside the Wheeler Centre, we’re gathering for four consecutive Mondays of Indigenous storytelling.

Oral storytelling is almost a lost art in these days of blogs, high-speed broadband and e-books. But it’s a rare pleasure to pause in our busy lives and immerse ourselves in the magic and power of the spoken word. Australia has a rich oral tradition, which we’ll rekindle in these evenings, with the crackling atmosphere of fireside tales.

Bunjilaka curator Genevieve Grieves and Miles Franklin shortlisted writer Tony Birch will curate – and co-host – a series of intimate evenings around the themes of Country, Sky, Water and Fire.

These elements are rich sources for creating meaningful stories that engage with the Australian landscape, either personally or politically. The stories will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of concerns and inspirations for Indigenous writers today.

Our hosts will be joined by a hand-picked selection of superb storytellers, including both performers and writers.

Guests will include Alexis Wright, Larissa Behrendt, Bruce Pascoe and Daniel Browning.

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