Festival Program

First Nations Curators

First Nations Poets: Tell Us How It Ends

Sat 11 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

An incredible line-up of First Nations poets perform works speaking to this year’s Festival theme Tell Me How It Ends, traversing the end of empire, celebrating Country and cultural resistance, and considering what comes next. Programmed and hosted by Jingili Mudburra writer and editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright, the event showcases pieces by acclaimed Dropbear author Evelyn Araluen, who was born and raised on Dharug country, and is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation; artist, poet and Lardil and Yangkaal woman Maya Hodge; and Wiradjuri poet and filmmaker Jazz Money.


1 hour

Event artists

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Born and raised on Dharug Country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.

Bridget Caldwell-Bright is a Jingili and Mudburra editor based in Melbourne. She is currently working as an editorial policies advisor at the ABC as well as co-editor for weekly news digest SUBTEXT(E). She was previously co-editor for Archer Magazine’s First Nations Edition and managing editor for Blak Brow.

Maya Hodge is a poet, curator and artist based on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Her poetry has been published by the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Black Wattle, Cordite Poetry Review and Overland. Maya is a co-winner of the Mildura Writers Festival PEN Mildura Indigenous Writers Award (2018).

Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet currently based on Gadigal land. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published nationally and internationally, and reimagined as murals, installation, digital interventions and film. Jazz’s debut collection how to make a basket is available from September 2021 with University of Queensland Press.

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