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Turning the Tide
Code: 8  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Fashion, Indigenous, History, Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Current Affairs
Thursday, May 17 2012 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Free, no bookings
The Great Hall, Sydney University, The Quadrangle, Off Science Road, Glebe Venue & Transport Info
Larissa Behrendt, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Lionel Fogarty, Peter Minter (facilitator)
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Join Larissa Behrendt, Peter Minter, Lionel Fogarty and Ali Cobby Eckermann for a lively discussion about the state of Indigenous literature today. What is the role of Indigenous women in literature? And what is the role of literature in literacy and education?

Change from printed program: The event has moved from Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17 May. The time of the event is the same.

Larissa Behrendt (Australian)

Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai and Kamilaroi woman. She is an academic and author, and is currently a professor of law and director of research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her first novel, Home, won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her most recent novel, Legacy, was released in 2009 and won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. In 2009 she was the NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year and NSW Australian of the Year 2011.

Lionel Fogarty (Australian)

Lionel Fogarty is an unabashedly political poet and author who has published nine collections since he first appeared on the scene in 1980. A Murri man, he was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in 1958. His collections include Minyung Woolah Binnung: What saying says and Dha'lan Djani Mitti: Collected poems. An activist, he has been at the forefront of the political struggles of Indigenous Australians, including literacy and using Aboriginal English innovatively to challenge readers to examine their cultural assumptions.

Peter Minter (Australian)

Dr Peter Minter is a leading contemporary Australian poet, editor and scholar. He is coordinator of the Indigenous Australian studies major at the University of Sydney and is an ARC chief investigator on the AustLit: The Australian literature resource consortium, contributing to the national BlackWords Aboriginal literature digital humanities infrastructure project. Peter was the co-editor of The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and is currently the poetry editor of Overland journal. His latest book of poetry is Blue Grass.

Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)

Ali Cobby Eckermann has enjoyed huge success with her first collection of poetry, little bit long time. Her poetry reflects her journey to reconnect with her Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha family. Her first verse novel, His Father’s Eyes, was published in 2011. Her second verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the inaugural Queensland State Library kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship and will be released in May 2012. Ali has established an Aboriginal writers retreat at her home in Koolunga.

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