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Kindling is for the Fire: New and Established Aboriginal Voices
Code: SR18  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Indigenous, Fiction
Friday, May 18 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9839 6558
Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown Venue & Transport Info
Nicole Watson, Dub Leffler, Robyn Caughlan, Cathy Craigie (facilitator)
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Like kindle is to fire, so language is to story. New and established Aboriginal writers Nicole Watson, Dub Leffler and Robyn Caughlan, join chair Cathy Craigie to talk about writing from culture and across genres for readers young and old. DJ and bar open from 6pm. Presented by Blacktown Arts Centre.

Supported by University of Western Sydney.

Nicole Watson (Australian)

Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. Nicole was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1999. She has worked for Legal Aid Queensland, the National Native Title Tribunal, the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and as a columnist for the National Indigenous Times. Nicole is currently a senior research fellow at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney. Her first book, The Boundary, won the 2009 David Unaipon Award.

Cathy Craigie (Australian)

Cathy Craigie is a Gamilaroi and Anaiwan woman from northern NSW. She has worked in the arts and media for more than 15 years. A playwright and one of the original founders of Koori Radio, she has also been director of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts board and deputy director general of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, a member of the Arts Advisory Council of the NSW Ministry for the Arts and chair of its Indigenous Arts Reference Group. Most recently, Cathy curated Guwanyi, the third National Aboriginal Writers’ Festival.

Dub Leffler (Australian)

Dub (David) Leffler is one of 13 children and grew up in the small town of Quirindi, south of Tamworth. He is descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south-west Queensland. He began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher. He has illustrated several children’s books and has collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy. Once There Was a Boy is the first book that Dub has both written and illustrated.

Robyn Caughlin (Australian)

Robyn Caughlan is a Dharug and Darkinung woman from Western Sydney. She is a fashion and textile designer and painter and was nominated for Aboriginal artist of the year in 1990 and 1991. Her designs were showcased in New York and Milan and she helped choreograph her own fashion show during the 2000 Olympics. Robyn’s fashion work has included designs for the Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Teen Universe pageants. Her Aboriginal Wedding Dress and Miss Universe dress are held in the Powerhouse Museum.