First Nations Writing in Australia and Aotearoa
Jasmin McGaughey + Larissa Behrendt + Tayi Tibble
kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library
Country of Focus / Free event
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
What is the state of Indigenous writing across two countries? From the David Unaipon-winning novel Home (2004) to the recently acclaimed After Story (2021) Larissa Behrendt is one of Australia’s most important voices. Tayi Tibble’s second collection, Rangikura (2021) is based in part on her own experiences growing up as a young Māori woman. The writers join editor Jasmin McGaughey in conversation.
Panel: Larissa Behrendt, Tayi Tibble
Chair: Jasmin McGaughey
Jasmin is a Torres Strait Islander and African American writer and editor. In 2019 she was lucky enough to be a black&write! editor intern and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient. She has been able to write for Overland, Kill Your Darlings, SBS Voices, & Griffith Review.
Larissa is the author of three novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book; Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and the bestselling After Story. She has published numerous books on Indigenous legal issues; her most recent non-fiction book is Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. In 2018 she won the Australian Directors' Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature and in 2020 the AACTA for Best Direction in Nonfiction Television. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC radio and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.
Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) was born in 1995 and lives in Wellington. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize. Her first book, Poūkahangatus won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award. Her second collection, Rangikura, is published in 2021 by Victoria University Press.