Opening Address - Listen
Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar, Alison Whittaker, takes us through the work of First Nations writers who would have joined us this week as she addresses the 2020 Sydney Writers’ Festival theme, Almost Midnight. She considers our fates – both personal and collective – in a world that feels like it's ending. She looks to the role of hope in our eleventh hour, discussing how storytelling charts triumphs and tragedies while the clock ticks on.
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Alison Whittaker (Australian)
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017–18, Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her most recent book, Fire Front, is an anthology of, and about, First Nations published poetry.