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 is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the third and fourth seasons of Black Comedy and provided additional writing on the second season of Get Krack!n. Nayuka’s writing can be found in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, VICE, Junkee, Archer Magazine, The Lifted Brow and NITV, among others. Nayuka contributed to the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia and is currently writing a book of essays as a previous recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter initiative.
Evelyn Araluen (Australian)
Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Evelyn’s debut is Dropbear.
Alison Whittaker (Australian)
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017–18, 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 was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her most recent book, Fire Front, is an anthology of, and about, First Nations published poetry.