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In this special NAIDOC edition of the New Writer’s Room podcast exploring the idea of ”literature as resistance,” SBS Voices speaks to Dr Larisa Behrendt and Jazz money.
The episode is an extension of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, “Get Up, Get Up, Show Up,” as the two First Nations writers discuss how literature can be used to refocus experiences of black people, capturing forgotten stories, asserting sovereignty, and how writing and truth are an essential part of their work.
“When I was growing up, there weren’t as many First Nations writers as there are today,” says Dr. Behrendt. “I knew political history that wasn’t taught and I understood concepts like land rights and sovereignty that weren’t taught in school. I started to feel the disconnect between oral histories and conversations and my family and my community, and what was available to me in the classroom.”
And for Money, telling the truth is one of the motivations of his poetry. “There are so many truth writings here that come from First Nations people,” she says. “I realized that if I was going to write, it had to be to honor my family and my heritage and to honor the truth. And it’s as a First Nations and queer, both communities that there is had very concerted attempts to write these legacies out of the history books.”
The two writers also share what sparked their love of reading, their relationship with literature, the importance of storytelling, and the challenges of writing prose versus writing poetry.
The episode will also dive into their latest literary works, Dr Behrendt’s after the story and Jazz Money’s how to make a basket. We explore love, family, history and power; and even futurism and ask our guests what inspires them; and who their favorite writers and influences are.
This episode features a special poetry reading by Money of his poem ‘Gadi’ from how to make a basket.
Dr Larisa Behrendt
Larissa Behrendt is a filmmaker, animator, academic and author of three novels: Housewhich won the 2002 David Unaipon Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first book; Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and the bestseller after the story. She has published numerous books on Indigenous legal issues and the influential history book Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Narrative. She received the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year Award and the 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio and is Professor Emeritus at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.
Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet, artist and filmmaker currently based in the sovereign land of Gadigal. Her practice centers on storytelling while producing works that span installation, digital, film and print. Jazz writing has been widely performed and published nationally and internationally. His first collection of poetry winner of the David Unaipon prize hhow to make a basket was published in 2021 by University of Queensland Press. A trained filmmaker, Jazz is currently working on WINHANGANHA, a feature-length cinematic journey through the visual archive, commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive.