How should artists and writers respond to the intersecting issues around climate change, water rights and refugees? Join Festival guest curator Ellen van Neerven as she talks to three visionaries about what motivates their work. Wiradjuri woman Hannah Donnelly’s innovative work looks at Indigenous responses to climate change. Author of the popular Whale Rider and Maori Boy, Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers. In her award-winning book Overturning aqua nullius Virginia Marshall argues that Aboriginal water rights require legal recognition as property rights.

Supported by The Copyright Agency.

Curated by Ellen van Neervan. 

Hannah Donnelly (Australian)

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah is an award-winning Wiradjuri writer, curator and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. She is currently producer of First Nations Programs at Information + Cultural Exchange, a curatorium member for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney 2022 and chief editor of BLACKLIGHT, a forthcoming Sweatshop anthology of First Nations storytelling. Hannah is Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, her recent publications include essays and poetry in After Australia, Sovereign Words, Artlink, Acclaim Magazine, Writers Victoria and Cordite Poetry Review.

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven belongs to the Mununjali Yugambeh people of South East Queensland. Ellen is an award-winning writer, editor and literary activist. They have authored three books including a new poetry collection Throat, which explores different ways to be heard, and edited the anthology Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now.