Join us on Tuesday 2 April, 6.30-8:00pm, as we celebrate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages with a special Talking Writing event. This night of readings and discussion will include Gamilaroi and Anaiwon playwright Cathy Craigie, Gamilaraay author and linguist Donna Gayford McLaren, Gunai children’s book author Kirli Saunders, Darug singer and songwriter Jacinta Tobin, and Yuwaalaraay songwriter Nardi Simpson.
Cathy Craigie is a Gamilaroi and Anaiwon woman from northern NSW and has worked in media and the arts for over 20 years. Cathy’s experience ranges across disciplines and she has worked in health, housing, environmental, legal, media and the arts. She is particularly interested in First Nations’ stories and their relevance today, and is currently developing a play transforming the Gamilaroi traditional […]
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman. She is a children’s author, poet, educator and motorcycle enthusiast. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book, The Incredible Freedom Machines, has been published in French and English. Her forthcoming titles include Our Dreaming (Scholastic), Happy Ever After (Scholastic), and poetry collection, Kindred (May, 2019, Magabala).
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay songwriter, storyteller and performer. One half of Stiff Gins, Nardi has performed at TEDxSydney and was the 2018 winner of Queensland’s Black&Write! Indigenous Writer’s Fellowship.
Jacinta Tobin is an Indigenous singer/songwriter from the Darug tribe, who believes music is a wonderful form of education and life. Jacinta began her studies and community work in 1997 with a Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology. Since then she has worked with schools, universities, community and government events using her music and […]
Donna Gayford McLaren
Donna Gayford McLaren is an author, linguist and teacher. Donna teaches Gamilaraay language and language teaching methods at Eora College and Charles Sturt University. She also provides linguistic support to Awabakal and Dhanggati languages. Donna writes poetry, children’s books, short stories, plays and novels and runs a variety of community based creative writing workshops. She has […]
Talking Writing: India
India has long been the subject of literary fascination, from within and without. But what does it mean to write about a country, particularly when your sense of belonging may be complicated or compromised? And as far as muses go, what particular appeal or challenges does India present as a place and culture? Manisha Jolie Amin (Dancing […]