Us Mob Writers (UMW) recently participated in Canberra’s first ever experimental writing festival, Noted held from 20-22 March. UMW held a workshop session on Sunday 22 March in the Mabo Room at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
The workshop – Where the Deadly Words Are: Us Mob, began with an ochre ceremony by Kerry Reed-Gilbert. UMW members also participating included: Lisa Fuller, Michelle Bedford, Samia Goudie, Jeanine Leane, Marissa McDowell, Joyce Graham and Samantha Faulkner.
About 50 people attended and participated in writing exercises, sharing their poetry and listening to readings from By Close of Business by UMW.
Thanks go to Russell Taylor, Principal of AIATSIS for providing the venue and Rita Metzenrath for her assistance with the workshop.
Dr Jeanine Leane also spoke during Noted Festival on Indigenous Literature Today.