UNSWriting presents: Aboriginal Crime Writing

When:15 May 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Aboriginal novelist Nicole Watson interviewed by Aboriginal poet Alison Whittaker.
Nicole Watson

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Novelist Nicole Watson in conversation with poet Alison Whittaker

Nicole Watson is interviewed by Alison Whittaker on her first novel, The Boundary, and about writing Indigenous crime fiction and thrillers.

What are the aspirations of Indigenous writers of crime and thrillers, and what challenges face them? What do these genres offer indigenous writers?

Brisbane's "The Boundary" still exists in the West End. These days it's called Boundary Street, but it used to mark the dividing line between the local Indigenous community and the whites.

During the day, blacks could enter the town; indeed, they were expected to. Most white families employed black domestics, gardeners, cooks. But as night descended, West End’s streets emptied of the Corrowa. Only the domestics stayed, quietly eating their dinner by the woodpile …

Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. She has published a large body of work in relation to legal issues that affect Indigenous communities. She is a former editor of the Indigenous Law Bulletin and a former columnist with the National Indigenous Times. Her first book, a crime novel titled The Boundary, won the David Unaipon Award for Australian indigenous literature.

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and essayist from the NSW floodplain fringe. Alison’s writing links the visceral with the political, drawing from her scholarship and work in cultural studies and Aboriginal women’s law and policy. She has words in Meanjin, Colouring the Rainbow, Archer, Tincture and the UTS anthology Seeds and Skeletons. Her debut verse novella, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, winner of the State Library of Queensland’s 2015 black&write! Fellowship, was released by Magabala Books in March 2016.

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Nicole Watson's book The Boundary will be available at 10% off the RRP courtesy of the UNSW Bookshop on the night.

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