Festival Program

City Program

Dear Son

Sat 4 Sep, 10am
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Curated by Torres Strait Islander writer and prominent Uluru Statement champion Thomas Mayor, Dear Son shares heartfelt letters written by First Nations men about life, masculinity, love, culture and racism. It features prose and poetry by Mayor alongside letters penned by 12 contributors to their sons, fathers and nephews. Shelley Ware speaks with Mayor and contributor Jack Latimore about a poignant and beautifully illustrated celebration of First Nations manhood.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 border restrictions, Stan Grant is no longer appearing in this event.


1 hour


Event artists

Jack Latimore is a journalist and writer. He has worked previously as the Managing Editor—Digital for NITV, daily editor for IndigenousX, state correspondent for Koori Mail, and a reporter and columnist for Guardian Australia. He is currently the Indigenous affairs journalist at The Age.

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander, a wharfie and National Indigenous Officer for the Maritime Union of Australia. He has tirelessly advocated for the proposals in the Uluru Statement since 2017, using the skills that he learnt as a union official and activist. Dear Son is his fourth book.

Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who currently lives in Melbourne. Shelley has worked in the media as a radio and television presenter on both local and national AFLM and AFLW news shows. She is a teacher, podcaster, author, MC and keynote speaker. 

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