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Celebrating the Voice: National and International Indigenous Writers
Code: SR33  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Fiction, Indigenous
Thursday, May 17 2012 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Free, bookings essential 4228 0151
Wollongong City Gallery, Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong Venue & Transport Info
Anita Heiss, Bruce Sinclair, John Muk Muk Burke, Barbara Nicholson, Paul Sharrad (facilitator)
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Celebrating the Voice returns, bringing together national and international Indigenous and Aboriginal writers. John Muk Muk Burke and Aunty Barbara Nicholson are joined by Métis theatre artist, poet and playwright Bruce Sinclair, from Canada, and Anita Heiss, launching her new book Am I Black Enough for You?. Hosted by Paul Sharrad.

Presented by South Coast Writers’ Centre and supported by Arts NSW, Wollongong City Council and Wollongong City Gallery.

Bruce Sinclair (International)

Bruce Sinclair is a Métis theatre artist, teacher and arts administrator who has created and developed professional and community theatre in the Aboriginal community for 25 years. Originally from Saskatchewan in Western Canada, Bruce has performed, directed, written and facilitated theatre workshops and productions throughout Canada, the United States, Colombia and South America, Australia and the UK. He is focusing on the revitalisation of his mother tongue, Michif-Cree and the intersections of First Languages and arts practice.

Barbara Nicholson (Australian)

Barbara Nicholson is a senior Wadi Wadi woman from the Illawarra district. Primarily a poet, Barbara has also published academically in text books, journals and anthologies. She has lectured in Aboriginal studies at UNSW and the University of Wollongong, and for the last 12 years held a senior honorary research fellowship in the faculty of law at the University of Wollongong. She sits on the university’s Human Research Ethics Committee and the Ethics Committee for the Australian Institute Of Criminology in Canberra.

Paul Sharrad (Australian)

Paul Sharrad is associate professor of English literatures at the University of Wollongong. He specialises in postcolonial writing, particularly Indian English and Pacific Islands, but also looks at the internationalising of Australian literature. Paul has books on Raja Rao, Albert Wendt and postcolonial library history, has edited New Literatures Review and currently edits the New Literatures section of The Year's Work in English Studies. He has organised the regional section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and been a judge for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

Anita Heiss (Australian)

Dr Anita Heiss has published non-fiction, historical fiction, children's and commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day ambassador, patron of WEAVE and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation. She co-edited, with Peter Minter, The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and her most recent adult novels are Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. Her latest book is Am I Black Enough For You?. She lives in Sydney.

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John Muk Muk Burke (Australian)

John Muk Muk Burke was born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in l946 of a Wiradjuri mother and an Irish father. His novel, {Bridge of Triangles}, won the 1993 Unaipon Award and his poetry volume, {Night Song and Other Poems}, won the national Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2000. John now lives in Wagga Wagga and spends time each day writing, patting his cat Mimi and drinking red wine – not always in that order.