On Friday 10 July, Kerry Reed-Gilbert (FNAWN Chairperson) and Samantha Faulkner (Us Mob Writing) joined staff at the Department of Health to celebrate NAIDOC Week. This was the third NAIDOC Week event that the Department of Health, based at Woden, held.
Kerry and Samantha both read their work from By Close of Business and other publications. They shared their personal perspectives, experiences and background to the poems and engaged in discussion with the audience. One of the staff members also shared his poetry which was well received by the small and intimate audience.
Copies of By Close of Business were also given to the Department’s staff who expressed interest in doing something similar in the near future. The poetry reading was a great way to finish NAIDOC Week and was appreciated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff.