Inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Blak & Bright, to launch in February 2016

by |January 19, 2016

Passionate or curious about Indigenous culture, stories or books?

Then this festival is for you!

Blak and Bright

Blak & Bright, the inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, will take over the Wheeler Centre for four days of panels, performances, workshops and more, from February 18-21.

The festival will feature more than 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander novelists, oral storytellers, poets, songwriters, playwrights and comedians, from Victoria and many other states and territories.

Blak & Bright aims to showcase Indigenous writing in all its forms and to help increase the profile and readership of all Indigenous writers and writing. The majority of sessions at the festival will be free and open to all.

The programme will include three workshops, led by acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Anita Heiss, Stella-shortlisted novelist and poet Ellen van Neerven, and Age Book of the Year memoirist, Kate Howarth.

Other programme highlights include a keynote speech, launches, oral storytelling, new writing, a ‘sampler’ of theatre writing, a stunning premiere performance entitled ‘Native Dignity’, and a gala event featuring singer-songwriters.

Upcoming Events


Anita-Heiss_headshot.jpg-e1453075743560Opening Address: 20 reasons why you should read Blak

The multi-talented Anita Heiss will ‘unpack the Blak’ and present 20 reasons why and how you should read Indigenous literature. She’ll be joined by two of our finest Indigenous actors, reading excerpts from 20 Blak books. Learn More





Keynote: Big Stories, Big Genres

What are the big stories that award-winning writers Tony Briggs and Bruce Pascoe are telling, and what are the big urgent stories that are yet to be told? Find out how our leading writers are re-storying our past, and penning new narratives.

Featuring Tony Briggs and Bruce Pascoe. Learn More.



Tammy-Anderson_Sistas Are Doing It…

How do you build and sustain a career as a Blak writer? Hear from three inspirational women who have lived extraordinary lives and shared them with the world through the written and performed word.

Featuring Tammy Anderson, Anita Heiss, and Kate Howarth. Learn More






View all upcoming events at Blak & Bright here


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