Celebrating the power of black writing

State Library of Queensland is celebrating Indigenous writers from Australia and around the globe in a new monthly performance series.

BL.INK: black ink, hosted by Brisbane artist Steven Oliver, takes audiences on an exploration of black words – introducing well known, emerging and sometimes anonymous Indigenous writers using the power of the pen to influence and inspire.

SLQ’s kuril dhagun Program Coordinator, Nadine McDonald-Dowd, said Indigenous creators will share their stories, new works and dealings of blackness in a deadly night of black ink at The Library Café.

The next BL.INK event – first and foremost – on Thursday 16 August, will feature the works of Maori poet Hone Tuawhane, Canadian writer Drew Hayden Taylor, Papua New Guinean poet Jeffrey Fiey and Native American performer songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Works from other first nations writers living in Australia will also feature, including Arigon Starr (USA), Hone Kouka (NZ), Albert Bellz (NZ) and Louyaya Toni (PNG).

"Selected writers are the storytellers of their country and their works tell tales of passion, hate, survival and honor,” Nadine said.

“There may be oceans between us as nations but our similarities can be heard in every word. “This BL.INK event is a night not to miss, with performances from local Indigenous artists Yvette Walker, Kaylah Tyson and Barbara Baugh.”

BL.INK: black ink events will be held on the third Thursday of each month until Christmas at The Library Café at SLQ. Entry is free. For details visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on or phone 3842 9061.

BL.INK: black ink
Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm
The Library Cafe, level 1
State Library of Queensland


For images and interviews, contact: Mel Geltch, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9832 | mel.geltch@slq.qld.gov.au

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