Festival Program

First Nations Curators

The Art of Blak Critique

Sun 12 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Hear from a panel of First Nations critics, reviewers and essayists as they discuss the importance of Blak critique and peer review in a predominantly white review culture that continues to sideline or superficially engage with Indigenous stories. The event’s programmer, Jingili Mudburra writer and editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright, chats with critic, essayist and descendant of the Yorta Yorta Declan Fry, critic, researcher and a descendant of Numbulwar Tristen Harwood, and Gomeroi poet and legal researcher Alison Whittaker.

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


1 hour


Event artists

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.

Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, Declan Fry has written for The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Overland, Australian Book Review, Liminal, Sydney Review of Books, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings and Westerly. His Meanjin essay ‘Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue with Ziggy Ramo, Dancing’ received the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship.

Tristen Harwood is a writer, cultural critic and researcher, and a descendant of Numbulwar.

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and critic. Her latest works include the award-winning Blakwork (Magabala, 2018) and the curation of Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today (UQP, 2020). She is a senior researcher at the UTS Jumbunna Institute.

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