RHODA ROBERTS AO, STEVEN OLIVER, KYLIE CALDWELL, ELLA NOAH BANCROFT, DANIEL BROWNING
Presented by BLEACH* and NORPA
Bundjalung Nghari (meaning: story) is theatrical readings of a collection of stories, poems and essays, penned by First Nations Writers.
Five Bundjalung writers, Steven Oliver, Melissa Lucashenko, Daniel Browning, Kylie Caldwell and Ella Noah Bancroft, explore the healing and resurgence of being back home on country. We are still here, with the same voice and language of our ancestors, Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise enables a new amplification of the continued truth telling in the 21st century. Featuring live music by Kauri.
A journalist, broadcaster, actor, producer, writer, arts advisor and artistic director, Rhoda Roberts has made a substantial contribution to the media, performing and Indigenous arts in Australia. Rhoda is a proud member of Bundjalung Nation, Wiyebal Clan of northern NSW and south east Queensland.
Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study. He has worked with numerous theatre companies, festivals and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s Logie/AACTA nominated sketch comedy show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer.
Other ABC Film/TV roles include Tiger Cops for iView and A Very Sexy Xmas. He is co-creator/writer/presenter for Indigenous Arts Quiz Show Faboriginal as well as the documentary Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky (SBS/NITV). He was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Blackspace Initiative for his premiere web series A Chance Affair, that was nominated for best web series at both the 2018 LGBTIQ Australian Awards and Screen Producers Australia Awards. He has done voice work on Australia's first Indigenous Superhero animation, Zero Point and cameoed as Cousin Carlo in Marvel Studio’s Thor; Ragnarok under the direction of Taika Waititi.
His poetry is published in both national and international poetry journals such as Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air and Firefront. His plays Proppa Solid (Jute Theatre) and From Darkness (La Boite Theatre) are also published (Playlab) with both plays receiving audience and critical acclaim. His poetry videos and comedic work has millions of views online.
His one-man cabaret show Bigger & Blacker. Premiering at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, was listed as an AdCabFave and has since played La Boite Theatre Brisbane, Sydney Opera House, Perth International Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, A 19 town Queensland Regional Tour with more shows planned for Canberra, Darwin and the Sunshine Coast.
Kylie is an experimental Bundjalung emerging writer and inter-disciplinary artist based in Northern Rivers, NSW. Her writings and art explore themes that reverberate around her. Her attentions lie in reviving and pursuing traditional cultural practices and values whilst delving deeper into present-day issues and themes interconnected to her interests and lived familiarities. In 2020 Kylie participated in a First Nations Writers / Illustrators Residential Retreat; reigniting, connecting and encouraging the writer in Kylie to venture out.
Ella Noah Bancroft a descendent of the peoples of the Bundjalung nation and has bloodlines to England, Poland and Scotland. Indigenous change-maker, artist, storyteller, mentor and founder of “The Returning” and Yhi Collective, Ella Noah Bancroft is active advocate for The Decolonisation movement. Through her writing and work Ella has been promoting re-wilding, the return of the black matriarchy, a remembering to deep relationship nature and decolonizing of personal, social and ecological well-being for 10 years. A current theme she has been exploring in her current world is “It takes courage to tell the truth”, the title of her podcast and first published book. Ella has just published her first Children's book with Hardie Grant titled "Sun and The Moon" Ella is the founder and director of The Returning a Indigenous Charity that offers opportunities of reconnection for our jarjums and dubays. She is currently on the board for Women Up North, which is a service for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic or family violence or abuse.
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, sound artist and writer.
His paternal Bundjalung family is from Fingal on the mouth of the Tweed River, and he grew up there and across the river in South Tweed and later Cabarita. His mother’s family is from south-eastern and south-western Queensland, extending from Yugambeh country north to Kabi Kabi country and west to Kullilli country. Currently, he is the ABC’s Editor of Indigenous Radio, overseeing the flagship programs Awaye! and Speaking Out. Daniel also presents The Art Show on ABC Radio National, the specialist arts and journalism network. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely published freelance writer on the arts and culture.
He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal and is the inaugural curator of Blak Box, an award-winning, architect-designed sound pavilion commissioned by UTP, the multiform arts organisation based in western Sydney.
Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. Her first novel, Steam Pigs, was published in 1997 and since then her work has received acclaim in many literary awards. Too Much Lip is her sixth novel and won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. It was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Stella Prize, two Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, two Queensland Literary Awards and two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead.
|Photo Credit||Kristopher Cook Photography|
|Acknowledgement||This project is supported by the Koori Mail, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.|
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Ed Hardy Park, The EsplanadeNorth Burleigh QLD 4220
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Yugambeh Language Region and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Gold Coast. We recognise their continuing connection and contributions to country and culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.