First Nation’s Writers Program

24 – 28 June 2019

This week-long program for up to 6 First Nation writers from the NT was held at Brown’s Mart precinct from Monday 24 June this year, led by Moogahlin Performing Arts Co-Artistic Director Frederick Copperwaite..

Writers worked alongside Frederick to develop their ideas through discussion, exercises and readings of their scripts, assisting them to advance their ideas to the next stage of development.

The 2019 program included:

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion.

Melanie is a Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolnu-Matha. Her first poetry book will be published by Penguin in 2020.  

Melanie recently toured North America including Banff Art Centre, Blue Metroplois Festival, Montreal and the Nuyorican Poets Café.

In 2019, she will tour to festivals in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Ubud, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.

Melanie spent the last decade working with families, young people and children involved with juvenile justice and department of children and families. She works as a mentor for young Indigenous women in programs across the Northern Territory. Other publications include “Greya short story in the anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia in 2018 and two poems, I Run and Double Threat, both of which will be performed soon at the Sydney Opera House.

Eddie Kitching

The artist, Eddie Janama Kitching was born in Darwin, and comes from a large family of eight sisters and two brothers. Eddie’s extended family live in the remote communities of Daguragu, Kalkarindji, Pidgeon Hill and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Eddie’s grandmother was born at Cattle Creek on Wave Hill station, his mother at Brock’s Creek station. Both were removed by Government authorities (Stolen Generations) to Darwin in about 1924.  The Wave Hill area is famous in Australia’s history for it’s “walk off” in 1966, where Aboriginal stockmen walked off in protest for better working conditions, better pay and the struggle for land rights. The “walk off” is recognised as the first fight for land rights in Australia. Eddie’s artwork hang in many galleries and personal collections around Australia and the World.

Rachael Chisholm

Rachael Chisholm is a Darwin actress who is returning to acting after a long hiatus, when she appeared at Brown’s Mart Theatre in Cosi by Louis Nowra.

Rachael is an acting graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and during her 3 years at NIDA performed in many plays, including A Winter’s Tale and the Last Days of Judas Iscariot. During her time off from acting Rachael worked in radio, television and films, as an actor, news presenter, writer, voice over artist and editor.

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