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What is the future of First Nations literature?

This continent has the oldest continuous storytelling tradition in the world. But the Australian literary canon is, let’s face it, overwhelmingly white. And while First Nations literature is increasingly visible in bookshops and literary awards, are things really changing? Have the Black Lives Matter protests affected the publishing world? What role do schools and universities play in showcasing diverse voices? And why should Australians read more First Nations literature?

Hear from two of the country’s most respected and widely published authors and thinkers, writer Tony Birch and Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, and emerging Torres Strait Islander writer and editor Jasmin McGaughey. Together they examine how some stories are still excluded and look towards the future of First Nations literature. This event was hosted by broadcaster, curator and journalist Rhianna Patrick.

Presented by State Library of Queensland and The Conversation, the world's leading free, fact-based news source written by academics and edited by journalists. The Conversation is an online independent source of news and views, drawn from university, CSIRO and research institute experts and delivered direct to the public.

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