Acts of Reckoning at Avid Reader
Contributing Editor Teela Reid and contributor Merinda Dutton join Editor Ashley Hay to celebrate the launch of Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning.
Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning is a wide-ranging discussion of the multifaceted issues at play in Australia’s fraught journey towards a full settlement with Indigenous peoples. Can its leaders take up the generous offer from Australia’s Aboriginal nations to walk together to forge change through dialogue? What might be possible for Australia’s narrative when reconciliation between the world’s oldest continuing culture and one of its newest nation states is achieved? What actions are necessary to move beyond words and achieve real-world transformations in Indigenous-settler relations as in other crucial arenas of recalibration?
Examining questions of history, truth-telling and decolonisation and revisiting colonial figures and their ongoing legacies, Acts of Reckoning reframes the past in order to form new futures – and celebrates how much work is already underway.
The event will also include a poetry reading by rapper, singer and spoken-word poet Sachém Parkin-Owens.
About the panel:
Ashley Hay is Editor of Griffith Review, a former literary editor of The Bulletin, and a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of non-fiction.
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, a senior solicitor at Chalk & Behrendt and the inaugural First Nations Lawyer in Residence at the University of Sydney Law School. She is the co-founder of @blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours First Nations ancestors as the original storytellers.
Merinda Dutton is a Gumbaynggirr and Barkindi woman, co-founder of the Instagram account @blackfulla_bookclub, an emerging writer and a lawyer by day.
Sachém Parkin-Owens is a rapper, singer and spoken-word poet. He won the Brisbane City Council Best Original Song award in 2020 and the Oodgeroo Noonucal Poetry Prize at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2017.
Acts of Reckoning features new work from Teela Reid, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Tony Birch, Henry Reynolds, Melissa Lucashenko, Megan Davis and many others.