Acclaimed Festival guests discuss Indigenous participation in social media, and the art that comes from it. Panellists examine the poetry, literature, political resistance and cultural healing that comes from engaging with social media and contemporary activism. Alison Whittaker talks to Evelyn Araluen, a PhD candidate and educator who specialises in Indigenous literatures; and Nayuka Gorrie, a Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta woman who works with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy. 

Nayuka Gorrie (Australian)

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. Nayuka writes social commentary and television comedy.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. Her work has won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant.

Alison Whittaker (Australian)

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017-2018 Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork is a collection of poetry, essays and short stories.