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Writers Weekend

First Voices

With Brenda Matthews, Jack Collard & Isobel Bevis

First Voices Sat 24 Feb Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia $24
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Sat 24 Feb at Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

Luminaries Brenda Matthews (The Last Daughter), Jack Collard and Isobel Bevis (Nedingar) dive deep into the heart of Australian culture, exploring the profound significance of First Nations storytelling. Come along for an extraordinary conversation facilitated by Luisa Mitchell.

Brenda Matthews 

Brenda is a proud Wiradjuri woman. She lives with her husband, Mark, in Bundjalung country, Queensland. Brenda is a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, an aunty, a storyteller, a speaker, co-founder and Indigenous director of Learning Circle Australia and co-director of the feature film, The Last Daughter, a documentary of her life.


Jack Collard

Jack is Noongar man with cultural and ancestral ties that span from the sandy wetlands of Whadjuk Boodjar to the granite outcrops that are home to the Mungart trees on Ballardong Boodjar. He finds grasps on reality through poetry. Transmuting trauma into hope following ancient threads for this doomed civilisation in the paths of what is far too widely considered the doomed civilisation.


Isobel Bevis

Isobel is a Wilman, Ballardong Noongar woman, born and raised in Collie, south-west of Western Australia and currently living on Bindjareb Boodjar with her husband and three daughters. Raised in a large Noongar family, Isobel grew up on Wilman Country with strong connection to Minninup River where her Ancestors are resting.


Luisa Mitchell

Luisa is a Broome-born author descended from Whadjuk Noongar and European settlers. She lives and works as a writer, filmmaker and arts producer in Boorloo/Perth. Her poetry and prose have been published in Westerly (2023), Liquid Amber Press (2023), Kimberley Stories from Fremantle Press (2012) and more. She won the Highly Commended Poem and Best Emerging Poet Awards from Liquid Amber Press in 2023 and her manuscript about her family heritage was Shortlisted for the Richelle Prize for Emerging Writers 2023.

Time & Location

Sat 24 Feb

3pm Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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