The South Coast Writers Centre presents a night of readings from the anniversary edition of Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre (Volume 6). This anthology of writing by inmates includes special contributions from Black Wallaby Writers Aunty Barbara Nicholson and John Muk Muk Burke. The night includes readings from the anthology by Gabrielle Journey Jones, Lachlan MacPherson and Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis. With a special fundraising art auction. South Coast Writers Centre’s Indigenous program is kindly supported by the Wollongong Art Gallery and Create NSW.

Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Australian)

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Aunty Barbara Nicholson is a senior Wadi Wadi woman from the Illawarra and project leader of the Black Wallaby Writers. A poet, activist, lecturer in Aboriginal Studies at University of NSW and University of Woolongong, she has taught course work to inmate students at Goulburn Gaol and Junee Correctional Centre. She is part of both the Human Research Ethics Committee at UOW and the Ethics Committee for the Australian Institute Of Criminology in Canberra. She has published academic writing and is the chief editor of the Dreaming Inside anthology.

John Muk Muk Burke (Australian)

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John Muk Muk Burke is a Wiradjuri man, born in Narrandera. He travelled for 40 odd years as an itinerant labourer, factory worker, bottle washer, student, teacher and lecturer at the Northern Territory University and Charles Sturt University. His fiction Bridge of Triangles won the 1993 Unaipon Award and his poetry volume Night Song and Other Poems won the national Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2000. He is in the steering committee of the Black Wallaby Writers project.

Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis (Australian)

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Friederike is the director of the South Coast Writers Centre, as well as an editor, publisher and author of fiction and non-fiction. She has worked as a journalist in Germany and taught at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of On the Reception of Aboriginal Art in German Art Space. Her young adult novella is near completion and set to be published in 2017.

Gabrielle Journey Jones (Australian)

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Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, drummer and CEO (Creativity Encouragement Officer) of Creative Womyn Down Under. Gabrielle was born on Gadigal Land, Sydney and is from Maori and African American bloodlines. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first poetry collection is Spoken Medicine. Intersectional feminism underpins Gabrielle’s spoken word poetry.

Lachlan McPherson (Australian)

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Former editor of Sutherland-based publication Rugby League Player Magazine, Lachlan McPherson is now working as an intern at the South Coast Writers’ Centre, assisting with the Black Wallaby Indigenous Literary Program. Having previously completed a Bachelor Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Lachlan is now undertaking his Master of Teaching (Primary) at UOW.