Writers Panel: Melbourne Conversations at the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, 2012





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Published on Mar 26, 2012

Melbourne Conversations Writers Talks as part of Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival 2012
11 February 2012, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Some of Australia's most talented storytellers - Contemporary poets, songwriters, rappers, playwrights, scriptwriters and novelists - read, perform and talk about their work. The talks celebrate Indigenous writing and the legacy and tradition of David Unaipon, Kevin Gilbert and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Writers Panel

Tjimba Possum-Burns & Patrick Mau (Maupower) form the Yung Warriors hip hop duo. The Yung Warriors are known for being "Australia's Hottest Indigenous Hip Hop Group", they are also known for being "Australia's leading Indigenous and cultural music ambassadors".

Richard Frankland is a filmmaker, musician, poet and activist. His songs, films and plays have the ability to make people think, reflect and dream. The first Aboriginal director to win an AFI award, Frankland has written, directed and produced more than 50 video, film and documentary projects, and is passionate about educating Australians about Aboriginal history.

Tony Briggs is an Australian actor, writer and producer. Tony wrote The Sapphires' a story of The Sapphires, a singing group of four Koori women who tour Vietnam during the war, which won two Helpmann Awards in 2005 - Best Play and Best New Australian work. Tony Brigss has also performed in TV shows such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers, The Man from Snowy Rivery, the Slap and performed in the play Stolen.

Jane Harrison (born 1960) is an indigenous Australian writer and playwright. She began her career as an advertising copywriter, before beginning work as a writer with Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Her best-known work is Stolen, which received critical claim and has toured nationally and internationally.

Host: John Harding is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, poet and film director. His work has been produced by Bangarra, Playbox, and several other companies and is a founding member of the Ilbijerri Aboriginal Theatre Company in Melbourne.


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