Four leading Indigenous writers and thinkers discuss what the idea of being ‘after midnight’ means in relation to colonisation, blak pessimism and reckoning with loss. Considering the past and present in a time of escalating climate crises, they examine what nihilism offers where hope fails, how to rethink notions of dread and optimism, and how history can provide a roadmap out of despair. Featuring Koorie poet and researcher Evelyn Araluen; Munanjahli and South Sea Islander health worker and researcher Chelsea Bond; Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri actor, writer and director Leah Purcell; with Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal researcher Alison Whittaker.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

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, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born and raised in Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.

Leah Purcell (Australian)

Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell is a multi-award winning and self-made author, playwright, actor, director, film-maker, producer, screenwriter and showrunner. At the heart of her work are female and First Nations themes, characters and issues. The Drover’s Wife was first a play before being written by and starring Leah, which premiered at Belvoir in late 2016 and has swept the board during the 2017 awards season, winning both the Victorian and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards for Best Play, Best Book and Prize for Literature; The Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Play, Major Work and the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre; The Helpmann Awards for Best Play and Best New Australian Work; and the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. The novel The Drover's Wife was published in late 2019, and the feature film adaptation written, directed and starring Leah is slated for a 2020 release. She is a proud Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.

Chelsea Bond (Australian)

Chelsea Bond

Associate Professor Chelsea Bond is a Munanjali and South Sea Islander researcher at the University of Queensland, examining the roles of race and racism in the production of Indigenous health inequality. She is a regular contributor to IndigenousX and The Conversation, a keen tweeter, mother of five and one half of the popular Wild Black Women podcast streamed on 98.9FM and featured on NITV's The Point.

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 2017–18, 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.