Sovereign People: Sovereign Stories
First Nations Australia Writers Network 3rd National Workshop
Please join us in Canberra at the Gorman House Arts Centre from August 23rd to August 26th 2018 to share and celebrate our stories and our culture as expressed through the written and spoken word.
As First Nations Peoples of Australia we have never ceded our Sovereignty, and to date there has been no Treaty settlement. Sovereignty embodies the freedom of a Peoples to self-determine and self-management of their lives and their futures. In Australia in 2018 the issues facing us all as First Nations Peoples and our communities are grounded in the denial of our sovereign rights and the refusal to negotiate and agree a Treaty settlement. The theme for the 2018 First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) national workshop is: Sovereign People: Sovereign Stories.
The 2018 FNAWN Workshop program brings together some of our leading writers, poets and storytellers to share their insights, understandings and skills.
We will again be hosting the Literary Sector and Publishing Industry Roundtable with invited guests to strategise on ways to improve access, visibility and professional development for our First Nations Australia Writers. A highlight of this year’s program is An evening with First Nations Australia Writers on Saturday August 25th at the National Library of Australia (6pm to 8pm). Join First Nations Australia authors and poets Ellen van Neerven, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Yvette Holt and Jeanine Leane who will read from their poetry on the 2018 NAIDOC theme of Because of her, we can. Followed by a panel discussion hosted by Cathy Craigie featuring award winning First Nations Australia authors Kim Scott and Melissa Lucashenko and via skype from Melbourne Alexis Wright in discussion and exploration of the idea of Sovereign People – Sovereign Stories. This event is being presented as a fundraiser for FNAWN.
We acknowledged the Ngunnawal People on whose land we will be celebrating and sharing and we thank the Us Mob Writing group for their support in hosting this event.