Festival Program

First Nations Curators

Uncomfortable Truths from Unceded Land

Sat 4 Sep, 6pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Some 250 years since the invasion of the land now known as Australia, writers, reporters and thinkers are continuing to tell uncomfortable truths about our past, asking tough questions of our modern-day leaders, and championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at home and afar. Prominent Aboriginal researcher and writer Professor Marcia Langton speaks with some of the country’s most respected non-fiction writers to discuss how First Nations ideas, histories and politics inform their work. Hear from Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi journalist Stan Grant (With the Falling of the Dusk); Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country, who is an Uluru Statement from the Heart signatory and author of Dear Son and Finding the Heart of the Nation; and prolific historian and author Henry Reynolds (Truth-Telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement).

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


1 hour


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Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network, Sky News Australia and CNN. In 2015, his bestselling book Talking to My Country won the Walkley Book Award. He is currently International Affairs Analyst at the ABC.

Professor Marcia Langton AO is one of Australia's most important voices for Indigenous Australia. As an anthropologist and geographer, she has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies, native title and resource management, art and culture, and women's rights. 

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.

Henry Reynolds has published 20 books and over 60 chapters and articles in books and journals. Among his best known books are: The Other Side of the Frontier, The Law of the Land, This Whispering in Our Hearts, Fate of a Free People, Why Weren’t We Told, North of Capricorn and Forgotten War.

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