BLACK WALLABY INDIGENOUS WRITERS NIGHT 2017

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At their annual Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers Night, the South Coast Writers Centre launched Volume V of the anthology Dreaming Inside—Voices from Junee Correctional Facility with a spectacular crowd. Dr Tony Birch launched the anthology, and there were readings by Aunty Barbara Nicholson, John Muk Muk Burke, and SCWC Director Friederike Krishnabakdi-Vasilakis.

Volume V features contributions from Bruce Pascoe, winner of the Miles Franklin literary award in 2016, and the author, playwright and political activist Jim Everett. These writers have both conducted work in the revival and preservation of Indigenous languages. The uniqueness of this anthology comes from its raw dialogue and expression by its various contributors communicating their connection to place, identity and family as Aboriginal-Australians.

The night came to a conclusion with an auction of beautiful Aboriginal artworks, each with their own modern touch. Members of the audience were eager to hear the readings, partake in discussion about Aboriginal artists, and to bid on their favourite pieces of contemporary Aboriginal art. The Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers Night was fantastic, and you cannot afford to miss such a great event next year!

Photo: Adara Enthaler, South Coast Writers Centre

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