On Saturday, I attended Boundless, a festival focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers! The lineup of artists was incredible and it was really nice to see friends (including Annie, Glaiza and Wai) again ^_^ My eyes and fingers were slightly dying at the end of the day from live-tweeting for Pencilled In, but it was worth it!
Events I attended:
- Deadly and Hectic: a conversation between Indigenous Australian and migrant writers from Sweatshop, a Western Sydney literary movement. Some really thoughtful discussion regarding representation. Thread of live-tweets here.
- Shaping the Horizon: a discussion of diverse new voices and the future of the Australian literary landscape with Benjamin Law, Ellen van Neerven, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Julie Koh and Peter Polites (!!!). Really enjoyable discussion; I wish I’d caught more of their recommendations! Thread of live-tweets here.
- All in the Family: discussion of how to write family stories, seeking permission and how to represent them. Loved all of the panellists’ thoughts but as always, Benjamin Law was amazing. Thread of live-tweets here.
Overall, it was really refreshing to see so many diverse artists, with thoughtful discussions about representation which I learned a lot from. Definitely hoping that this is just the first of many festivals.