outLOUD is an initiative of BLACKBOOKS® a division of Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited. In 2022 Tranby celebrates 65 years (established 1957) as Australia’s oldest not-for-profit community-led Indigenous education provider.
Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited through BLACKBOOKS® is committed to sharing and amplifying the voices and stories of First Nations LGBTQIA+SB people from across Australia.
We are committed to valuing the richness and diversity of First Nations people and communities.
outLOUD provides a platform for our First Nations LGBTQIA+SB community members, storytellers, poets, song writers and writers to step up and share on their terms what is important and gives meaning in their lives and their practice. We are committed to inviting and engaging across the diversity of First Nations LGBTQIA+SB Peoples and Communities.
Hosted by Gavin Ivey we will each week share an interview with a First Nations LGBTQIA+SB person active in the story making and writing space. Hear about their lives as a First Nations LGBTQIA+SB person, their practice as a writer and story maker and their tips for telling and sharing your story.
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On Episode 10 of outLOUD’s Season 1, our awesome guest is Jazz Money.
Jazz Money is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri and Irish heritage producing works that encompass installation, digital, performance, film and print.
Their writing has been widely published nationally and internationally, and performed on stages around the world, including: TEDx Sydney, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Sydney Opera House, PEN International, and a wide range of arts and literary festivals in every Australian state and territory.
Jazz’s first poetry collection, the best-selling how to make a basket (UQP, 2021) was the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award. In 2022 Jazz was a recipient of the prestigious Dreaming Award from the Australia Council for the Arts for her work with poetry.
As a cross-disciplinary artist their work has been presented at: HeK Basel, Switzerland; The Shed, New York; Pivô, São Paulo; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; ACMI, Melbourne; Powerhouse, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney; Carriageworks, Sydney; Fremantle Biennale; Hyphenated Biennale; and others.
Working across different mediums, Jazz’s practice is centered around questions of narrative and story – place memory, First Nations memory, colonial memory and the stories that we tell to construct national and personal identity.
Learn more about our very special guest Jazz Money via their website https://www.jazz.money
Welcome to outLOUD and our 9th Episode of Season 1.
Our very special guest in this episode of outLOUD is Bebe Backhouse.
Bebe is a Bardi Jawi creator who’s called Narrm home for over ten years.
Bebe began his creative practice as a classical pianist and composer, and was awarded a West Australian Youth Award at twenty-one for his work as a music teacher to young Indigenous people.
He later made a name for himself as a creative producer and director of youth theatre, festivals, and public art projects across Australia, including international dance and theatre projects in New Zealand, France and Belgium.
While holding senior positions at leading public arts organisations in Melbourne, Bebe successfully fostered many artistic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives to showcase their work in mainstream platforms, allowing Traditional Culture to thrive in the public realm.
Again, big thanks to Bebe, the outLOUD team, and to all of you for listening to each episode.
Catch us again in a fortnight for our final episode of outLOUD’s Season 1, where we’ll be yarning up bigtime with the amazing Jazz Money.
OutLOUD is Proudly Supported by Dr. Elizabeth Harris AM and Prof Mark Harris AO, The Pride Foundation, and The City of Sydney.
*Language warning on this episode*
Welcome to episode 8 of outLOUD where our incredibly special guest is Mukky, also known as John Mukky Burke.
David Unaipon Award Winning writer Mukky is a Wiradjuri man who has studied and taught all around The Planet.
He has also taught music and art in schools in New Zealand, Darwin and out in the outback of the Northern Territory.
Mukky gained a degree in English and Philosophy and lectured at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Northern Territory University and Charles Sturt University and has been a guest editor of Northern Perspective and served as a Unaipon judge from 1998-2001.
In addition to his volume of poetry and novel, Mukky has co-edited Ngara: living in this place now with Martin Langford and contributed to Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre where he was a tutor.
Hope you enjoy our conversation, and we send a massive thank you to Mukky for sharing his story and knowledge with us all, and to the outLOUD team as well.
Welcome to Episode 7 of outLOUD, where we’re catching up with the wonderful Lay Maloney.
Lay is a Gumbaynggirr and Gunggandji First Nations, and South Sea Islander genderfluid person who was born in Far North Queensland, and grew up on the Mid North Coast. They are finishing a Bachelor of Arts (Extended) at the University of Melbourne and working as the project officer at the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC). They are a passionate storyteller with a massive commitment to truth-telling.
Big Love to Lay for sharing their story and their poem with us all on outLOUD.
Welcome to Episode 6 of outLOUD, where we’re yarning up bigtime with Luke Patterson, and he also shares his poem ‘Double Brick Dream’ with us all too!
Luke was featured in the anthologies Active Aesthetics, Firefront: first nation’s poetry and power today and Best of Australian Poems 2021.
He is currently a Wheeler Center Next Chapter fellow and Sydney Review of Books Juncture fellow for 2022. His research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.
Big thank you to Luke for sharing his story and work with us all on outLOUD.
*Language warning on this episode*
In this episode of outLOUD, we catch up with Dominic Guerrera.
Dominic is of Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian descent and has extensive experience as an Aboriginal health educator, with a focus on sexual health.
Dominic’s poetry has been published in Cordite Poetry Review and fine print and he was also the recipient of the 2021 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize.
In this episode of outLOUD, we catch up with NAIDOC Week 2022 Youth Award Winner Elijah Manis. Elijah is from from the Kulkalgal Nations of Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait) Poruma and Masig Island.
Elijah graduated from the Murri School in 2021 and is also an actor, dancer, poet, wrestler, public speaker and activist.
Elijah shares his journey and also reads two of his stunning poems as well, so stay tuned, and thanks again for listening to outLOUD.
Gary Lee is a Larrakia artist, born in 1952 and raised in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia.
Gary is an anthropologist, artist, photographer, fashion designer, writer and curator, and has been an active participant in and promoter of Aboriginal arts since the early 1980s.
In this episode of outLOUD, Gary is joined by his long term partner, Maurice O’Riordan.
Maurice is a Darwin-based arts writer and was also the Director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin. Maurice was also the former editor of Art Monthly Australia magazine from 2008 to 2013. Maurice is currently working at Batchelor Institute Press.
Melissa is an acclaimed Aboriginal writer of Goorie and European heritage. Since 1997 Melissa has been widely published as an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her recent work has appeared in The Moth: Fifty True Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and The Saturday Paper.
In 2019, Melissa also received Australia’s foremost literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award for her work, Too Much Lip.
Ellen O’Brien is a Garigal/Walkeloa writer living on Gadigal land.
Ellen’s prose and poetry has been published in Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, Cordite and un Magazine and Ellen herself was a previous facilitator for the Feminist Killjoys Reading Group.
In our very first episode of outLOUD, Ellen shares her story, some inspirational writing tips, and, also reads her poem ‘Comfort Call’.
For more information, you can visit her website at ellenmobrien.com.
outLOUD acknowledges financial support from the PRIDE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA, Dr Elizabeth Harris AM and Prof. Mark Harris AO.