This year Brisbane Writers Festival held two events in kuril dhagun; A night by the fire with Anita Heiss and Things I Carry Around with Troy Casser-Daley. It was wonderful to host these events in kuril dhagun’s Talking Circle on the eve and the day of Indigenous Literacy Day. We had donation tins out and managed to raise $140 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which is enough to provide a Book Buzz early literacy pack for a family. Many thanks to visitors and staff who contributed.
On Tuesday night, well-known Indigenous writer, Dr Anita Heiss was the guest speaker and shared some insights into her new book Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms. Anita is a life time ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and spoke briefly about the important work they do for remote Indigenous communities across Australia, before beginning her talk. I was privileged to join Anita as the MC for the evening and was there to ask questions and encourage audience engagement throughout the conversation.
On Wednesday night, well-known Indigenous musician and writer, Troy Casser-Daley was the guest speaker and shared some insights into his new book Things I Carry Around. Anita Heiss returned but this time to MC. The entertaining duo had a great night of yarning and sharing stories. Troy brought along his guitar and the audience was treated to a few songs and some entertaining anecdotes from the book.
Read more about this event on Anita Heiss’ 52 weeks of Gratefulness blog.