Celebrating Aboriginal Literature
This two day forum celebrated Aboriginal literature and was held at Jigamy, a property just north of Eden, NSW owned by Twofold Aboriginal Corporation,1–2 July 2017. The Giiyong Writers Forum was one of three lead-up events to the Giiyong Festival in September 2018, which will be the first all-encompassing Aboriginal cultural festival for South East NSW. The festival is being produced by South East Arts, in collaboration with Twofold Aboriginal Corporation and Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, and is made possible through funding from Create NSW.
The Giiyong Writers’ Forum will explored the progress of Indigenous writing within Australia and encouraged local writers to tell their stories, as well as building a new audience for future events at Jigamy, particularly the Giiyong Festival.
The Giiyong Writers’ Forum took place in the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Keeping Place.
The Beautiful Pambula lake surrounds the venue at Jigamy, north of Eden NSW.
Some of Australia’s leading Aboriginal authors gave presentations about their work and took part in panel discussions on Saturday 1 July. Workshops covering fiction writing, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and how to get published took place on Sunday 2 July and were booked out!
Authors and educators from across the country presented during the forum, including Ali Cobby Eckermann who recently won the prestigious international Wyndham-Campbell Prize for poetry. Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga woman, born on Kaurna land in South Australia. Her work has garnered her many invitations to national and international literary festivals, including the prestigious Ubud Writers and Readers Festival held each year in Indonesia.In 2017, she won the international Windham-Campbell Literary Prize for Poetry.
Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and a writer of theatre and fiction. Jared’s playFlash Red Fordtoured Uganda and Kenya in 1999 and his playLove, Land and Moneyfeatured during the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Jared’s young adult novel,Sweet Guy,was shortlisted for the 2009 South Australian People’s Choice Awards for Literature and his children’s book,Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kidsis published by the Oxford University Press Yarning Strong series. His Young Adult novels,Songs that Sounds Like Blood(2016) andCalypso Summer(2014) are published by Magabala Books. The ‘Game Day’ Series that Jared cowrote with NBA Basketballer Patty Mills will be released in July 2017. Jared isan ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live and pay our respect to Elders both past and present.