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Festival Program

First Nations Curators

Flock: First Nations Stories

Sat 11 Sep, 6pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Flock is a brilliant new anthology showcasing some of the finest short stories by First Nations writers from the last 25 years. A tableau of narratives spanning elegies for Country and reflections on colonial dispossession, it calls to attention the ongoing resonance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling across generations. Bryan Andy speaks with Tony Birch, Mykaela Saunders and Adam Thompson about their contributions to a vital new collection.

Duration

1 hour

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Bryan Andy is a Yorta Yorta man from Cummeragunja, NSW. Bryan is a freelance writer, radio broadcaster, dramaturg and Aboriginal cultural consultant. He has been published by Lonely Planet, NITV, ABC Online, IndigenousX, the Guardian, Witness Performance and Meanjin. Bryan is the host of ACMI's First Nations Film Club. He identifies as gay.

Tony Birch’s releases for 2021 are the poetry collection, Whisper Songs and the short story collection, Dark As Last Night. His previous books are the novels The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood, and the short story collections Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Mykaela Saunders is a writer of Dharug and Lebanese descent who belongs to the Tweed Goori community. Mykaela has won prizes for fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and research. She has worked in Aboriginal education since 2003, and her research explores trans-generational trauma and healing in her community.

Adam Thompson is a pakana writer from Launceston, Tasmania. He has been published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Griffith Review and Kill Your Darlings. Adam’s debut short story collection, Born Into This, was published by UQP in February 2021.

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