The Early Words: Decolonial Narratives and the Diaspora

In the words of Audre Lorde, ‘the master’s tools cannot dismantle the master’s house.’ As writers who inherit multiple cultural legacies, how do we write within spaces that are structured predominantly for Eurocentric voices and perspectives? How do we navigate the spaces and identities ‘in-between’ — between cultures, languages, geographies, and boundaries?

How do we incorporate decolonial practice within the aesthetics of language? Is it possible? What does it mean to be diasporic on a settler-colonial state? This panel explores writing as a form of resistance.

Events in the ‘The Early Words’ series are designed as a conversation over breakfast, rather than a formal panel. Please come prepared to engage, and be mindful of the privileges and politics you are bringing to this space.

With: Roj Amedi, Nayuka Gorrie, Bobuq Sayed

Supported by Gippsland Dairy, Byron Bay Muesli, Wide Open Road.

Tuesday 20 June, 2017, 8.30am

Free (bookings essential)

Sold out

The Wheeler Centre (Performance Space)
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000