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Online Event at The Salon Series - Country and Culture
09 Jul / 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hansen Hall and Conversation Quarter, State Library Victoria

Online Event at The Salon Series - Country and Culture

Join us for a special celebration of the power of Indigenous storytelling, poetry and music.

This event will honour the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme of ‘Heal Country’, and is the first in a new series of seasonal creative salons presented in partnership with State Library Victoria.

Following a Welcome to Country, acclaimed activist and Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch will share selected poems from his new collection Whisper Songs, which traverses the personal and political, and challenges the past to speak up by interrogating the archive.

Then, Birch will speak with David Unaipon Award-winning author and Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, about her extraordinary new novel After Story, which fuses Western literature and Indigenous storytelling in a moving exploration of love and familial secrets.

Rounding out a unique and powerful evening, 22-year-old Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island songbird Kee’ahn will share a striking performance of her soulful melodies of identity, heartbreak and healing.

Please note Larissa Behrendt will be appearing via videolink.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Tickets: $35 and $30 concession and State Library Victoria Cultural Members, plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order. Tickets for First Nations people are free.


Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions The Wheeler Centre will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.