Melbourne Writers Festival is committed to creating space for First Nations voices within the Festival program. We celebrate the breadth, depth, and diversity of Aboriginal authors, poets, journalists and commentators through appearances by many talented individuals. In 2018 MWF was proud to have Belong as a cultural partner for the first time, with a strong focus throughout the partnership on supporting Indigenous artists directly. The team at Belong have reflected on the experience, and have shared their MWF18 reading list that celebrates some of the best reads by Aboriginal women who appeared at MWF18.
At Belong, one of our key cultural tenets is to reimagine place and create space for First Nations People, first. To this end we have forged a cultural partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival to celebrate the vitally important voice of First Nations Peoples through their diverse narratives on a high profile platform such as Melbourne Writers Festival. With this partnership, we are taking our first step toward doing things the right and proper way with an Indigenous led collaboration.
The 2018 NAIDOC week theme was Because of Her, We Can. At Belong we have built on this message throughout the year to focus our actions and reflections. Because of the amazing writing by Indigenous women featured at MWF18, we got a glimpse of what is needed to listen deeply, what is gained when we suspend our disbelief, what it takes to imagine beyond the boundaries of our own experience, and what it means to Belong.
Check out our reading list from the Festival.
Claire G Coleman
Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines