Episode 4 available Wednesday 4 August 2022



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.

Follow outLOUD on:

Meet your host
Gavin Ivey

Born in Lismore NSW, Gavin (aka NAIAN) is a proud Bundjalung Aboriginal South Sea Islander man with an extensive background in community radio and arts, having been involved with the community radio sector for over 20+ years. Gavin produces The Drift Zone Podcasts including The Drift Zone at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day 2021 available via Spotify. He has been a board member of the Community Media Training Organization, First Nations Media Australia (FMNA) and Positive Life NSW and Gadigal Information Services Aboriginal Corporation. In 2021, Gavin founded The Current Motion, a volunteer online LGBTIQA+ Radio Station that broadcasts across Australia.

outLOUD merch coming soon!

Episode 4: Elijah Manis

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. 


EPISODE 3: Gary lee & Maurice O’Riordan

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.

Episode 2: Melissa Lucashenko

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.

Episode 1: ELLEN O’BRIEN

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.

Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited celebrating 65 years