The South Coast Writers Centre presents a night of readings from Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre (Volume 7) and an Aboriginal art auction. This year’s anthology of writing by inmates includes special contributions from Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers’ Aunty Barbara Nicholson and Uncle John Muk Muk Burke. The night includes the launch of the anthology and readings by Jackie Huggins and Sharon Twyford/Ingram.

No bookings required. Entry is a gold coin donation upon arrival with 100 per cent of the funds raised going towards the Indigenous Program and future Dreaming Inside projects.

Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Australian)

Aunty Barbara Nicholson

Aunty Barbara Nicholson is an Elder of the Wadi Wadi people of the Illawarra region. She is project leader of the Black Wallaby Writers and Chief Editor of Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre. She is a poet, activist, recipient of numerous awards in Aboriginal Education, a published academic, university lecturer and has taught course work to inmate students at Goulburn Gaol and JCC. She holds a degree in English Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW).

John Muk Muk Burke (Australian)

John Muk Muk Burke

Mukky is a Wiradjuri Elder and Black Wallaby team member. His book Bridge of Triangles won the 1993 Unaipon Award and his poetry volume Night Song and Other Poems won the national Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2000. Mukky was a judge for the David Unaipon Awards for five years and has lectured at NTU and CSU. His book Late Poems from the Murrumbidgee will be published this year.

Jackie Huggins (Australian)

Jackie Huggins

Jackie Huggins is a Bidijara/Birri Gubba Juru Elder. Appointed Member of the Order of Australia 2001 and recipient of the Centenary Medal for promoting reconciliation in 2001, she has a long track record of service in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. She is the author of Auntie Rita, which won the 1996 Stanner Award, Aboriginal Workers and Sister Girl. Jackie has served on committees, advisory boards (government, non-government, academic, philanthropic and community), and inquiries and commissions across the social justice spectrum.

Sharon Twyford/Ingham (Australian)

Sharon Twyford/Ingham

Sharon Twyford/Ingham is a Wiradjuri woman and lives in Wollongong. She is an emerging writer and member of the Black Wallaby Writers. Sharon has worked at the University of Wollongong as the Global Communicators Program Coordinator, Student Support Project Officer, Woolyungah Indigenous Student Support Officer, Indigenous Team Advisor and as a Supervisor and Deputy Manager for many years. Prior to that she worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice as an Identified Youth Officer.