Jackie Huggins – Patron
Jackie Huggins, B.A. Hons (UQ), Dip.Ed. (Flinders), Doctor of the University Honoris Causa, AM, FAHA, is an author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples.
She is a former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the former Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, and has been a member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the AIATSIS Council, and Co-Commissioner for Queensland for the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children. In 2001 she was awarded an Australia Medal (AM) for her work with Indigenous people, particularly reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice. In 2007 Huggins was named University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year. She has published a wide range of essays and studies dealing with Indigenous history and identity. She is the author of Sistergirl (University of Queensland Press, 1998), and co-author, with Rita Huggins, of the critically acclaimed biography Auntie Rita (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994).
Kerry Reed-Gilbert – Chairperson
A Wiradjuri woman from Central New South Wales Kerry has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) 2012 – 2015.
In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works By Close of Business, with the Us Mob Writing (UMW) group and was FNAWN co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaboration between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers. 2015 saw Kerry shortlisted for the Story Wine Prize: In 2016 she edited a collection of First Nations voices from across Australia titled A Pocketful of Leadership in the ACT 2016.
Kerry is a former member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee and her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other non-English speaking languages.
Sharon Mununggurr is a Koorie from varied ancestry. Born in Echuca, Sharon is a Wamba Wamba woman who grew up on the Murray River. Currently based in Brisbane, Sharon previously spent 20 years in North East Arnhem Land.
Sharon has been involved in Aboriginal health and justice throughout her life. Sharon won the White Orchid International Haiku Award. She has a story published in the NT Anthology of Indigenous Writers, This Country Anytime Anywhere. Sharon is passionate about writing for healing for Indigenous people. In 2015 Sharon won the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Award for her poetry. Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia-United States in 2016 an International Writing Program published Sharon’s story The Owl and The Hollow Boned Hunter.