First Nations voices featured at Byron Writers Festival 2022 – The Echo


The Byron Writers Festival is expected to feature more than 20 Indigenous writers and storytellers this year, leading discussions focused on healing and learning.

The stories of Australia’s prominent and emerging First Nations writers will be at the forefront of the festival, which kicks off on August 26.

“The Byron Writers Festival has again delivered a robust and well-organized program that features leading First Nations thinkers, writers and poets from across the continent – ​​a wide range of voices who are at the forefront of our dialogue national,” said the Byron Writers Festival board member. , and Bundjalung man Daniel Browning said.

Clockwise from top left: Evelyn Araluen, Bruce Pascoe, Marcia Langton,
Paul Callaghan, Jackie Huggins, Aaron Fa’Aoso. Image: Byron Writers Festival

The ongoing impacts of colonization will be among the topics explored at the main festival site, with some of the country’s leading intellectuals, including Marcia Langton, Jackie Huggins, Chelsea Watego and Veronica Gorrie, on stage.

Thea Astley’s talk will be delivered by Professor Judy Atkinson on the healing power of stories.

Black comedy stars Steven Oliver and Aaron Fa’aoso will also be part of a lineup that will include Bronwyn and Ella Noah Bancroft, Danny Teece-Johnson and up-and-coming authors Megan Albany and Mykaela Saunders.

The program will also feature First Nations science experts including Bruce Pascoe, Corey Tutt and Krystal De Napoli and Karlie Noon, whose book sky country explores Indigenous astronomy.

Mia Thom, an emerging Bundjalung leader who was a co-organizer of the School Strike for Climate movement within the Byron Shire, will participate in the “Leaders for the New Age” panel and the Saturday evening “Radical Hope” event.

Paul Callaghan will share how Indigenous thinking can change your life in sessions focused on healing and wellness.

“No writers festival in Australia would be complete without a strong representation of First Nations voices,” said artistic director Zoe Pollock.

“Particularly at this time, as we face the climate crisis head-on, more space needs to be created for Indigenous peoples to share their knowledge and lead discussions on the way forward.”

In the evening, the Brunswick Picture House will become a hub of signature events including “Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise” presented in association with the NORPA theater company and hosted by Rhoda Roberts featuring Bundjalung stories written by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Melissa Lucashenko and Daniel Browning.

The festival is also associated with Black and bright curator Jane Harrison will present “The Bogong,” a black version of “The Moth,” featuring award-winning poet Evelyn Araluen among six brilliant First Nations authors in spoken word form.

Each year, the Byron Writers Festival raises funds for the important work undertaken by the Aboriginal Literary Foundation. Festival patrons are encouraged to donate to one of the orange boxes that will be circulating around the festival site with volunteers or to the ILF tent.


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