Terri Janke + Gina Cole + Larissa Behrendt
Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library
Country of Focus / Main Festival
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Lore contains a body of traditions and knowledge held by a community, stories learned and passed on across generations. How does the power of lore translate into legal landscapes? Join Gina Cole and Terri Janke in conversation with Larissa Behrendt about their dual work in writing and legal spaces.
Panel: Gina Cole, Terri Janke
Chair: Larissa Behrendt
Terri Janke is an Indigenous lawyer of Meriam and Wuthathi heritage. In 2000 she set up a law firm, Terri Janke and Company, focusing on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) law and commercial law. She has acted for Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients, artists, community-controlled organisations, government and corporates.
Novelist and short story writer Gina Cole lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She won the Best First Book Award at the 2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards for her story collection Black Ice Matter. Her forthcoming science fiction fantasy novel Na Viro is a work of Pasifikafuturism.
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.