Indigenous literary festival a place to learn, laugh and participate

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Madeleine Dore

The inaugural Indigenous literary festival Blak & Bright will promote and celebrate a diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices from 18 – 21 February 2016.

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Playwright Maurial Spearim will appear in Fresh Blak Writers at Blak & Bright. Photography by Ziah Atahi. All images below via

‘We need diverse books because a lack of diversity is a failure of our humanity,’ writes Ambelin Kwaymullina for The Wheeler Centre.

‘Literature without diversity presents a false image of what it is to be human. It masks – and therefore contributes to – the continuation of existing inequities, and it widens the gulfs of understanding that are already swallowing our compassion for each other.’

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator