2018 FNAWN National Workshop

2018 National Workshop will be held in Canberra at the Gorman House Arts Centre from 23 to 26 August 2018 to share and celebrate our stories and our culture as expressed through the written and spoken word.

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.

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, and featuring award winning First Nations Australia Network authors Alexis Wright (via Skype), Kim Scott and Melissa Lucashenko in discussion and exploration of the idea of Sovereign People – Sovereign Stories. This event is being presented as a fundraiser for FNAWN.

The National Workshop is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers, poets and storytellers, and invited guests.

Literacy and publishing organisations interested in supporting the workshop, please contact Tony Duke fnawnworkshop2018@gmail.com

If you have any questions or require more information please contact Tony Duke.