BL.INK @ the Brisbane Writers Festival…words across the water

We are ramping up for what will be a fantastic International BL.INK this Saturday at the State Library of Queensland Cafe.

Yvette Walker and Kaylah Tyson will be joined by Dr Anita Heiss, Déwé Gorode and  Chantal Spitz who are performing throughout the duration of the Brisbane Festival and have graciously given us one hour of their time to join us at the Library Café.

Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well known Indigenous authors.

Anita is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is the author of Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon, I’m not racist, but…, My Story: the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, and a series of chick lit novels including Not Meeting Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. Her work has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Young People’s History Prize and she has won the DEADLY award for writing a number of times. She is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of centralNew South Wales, but grew up in Matraville, Sydney.

Déwé Gorodé is the author of The Kanak Apple Season , a collection of short stories highlighting the ethnic complexities of the colonial past of New Caledonia. Déwé has been an elected representative to the New Caledonian Congress since 1999 and is currently in charge of the portfolios of Culture, Citizenship and Women’s Affairs.

The first volume in a new series presenting for the first time Francophone writers of the Pacific in English translation. This volume presents the collected short fiction of Dewe Gorode, the leading Kanak writer of New Caledonia.

Chantal Spitz is the best-known of Tahiti’s indigenous writers and the author of two novels and a collection of essays. She is a founding member of the literary review Litt rama’ohi, of which she is currently editor. Jean Anderson is Programme Director for French at Victoria University of Wellington. She has co-translated into French works by several New Zealand writers including Patricia Grace and Janet Frame.

Chantal Spitz

Chantal Spitz

Known for her no-nonsense political engagement, she is also one of the Pacific’s most innovative writers, stretching the limits of both literary genres and the French language in a range of thought-provoking ways.

So make sure you come along to BL.INK this Saturday evening at 5.30pm for what will be a wonderful celebration of international black writings

For more details go to: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/kd/blink/words

For information about the Brisbane Writers Festival go to: www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au