The National Aboriginal Writers’ Festival 2011


Saturday 19 March 2011

Words play an important role in Aboriginal cultures. A long oral tradition meant that storytelling was a vital and significant form of communication in everyday life. That tradition continues today but now stories are told through many different mediums. Although visual and performing arts are probably the most recognised and accepted Aboriginal art forms, there is a growing number of Indigenous writers who are using their craft to tell stories that are unique to Australia.

Cathy Craigie, Festival Curator

Guwanyi (meaning to tell) was a day of stories, yarns, intellectual discussion, readings and like most Aboriginal gatherings lots of laughter and inspiration. Our guest speakers included Wayne Blair, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jim Everett, Lionel Fogarty, Dr Anita Heiss, Melissa Lucashenko, Philip McLaren, Ricky Macourt, Peter Minter, Bruce Pascoe, Kerry Reed Gilbert, Kim Scott, Leanne Tobin, Marcus Waters and Goie Wymarra

Download the full program: Guwanyi Program

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Ali Cobby Eckermann










Lisa Fuller, AIATSIS










Goie Wymarra










Harold Hunt, Poets in the Park










Jenny Munro, Poets in the Park

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