By Ruth Dawkins
Last Sunday saw the second of our two Hidden Stories events take place at Moonah Arts Centre. As with the first event, which took place on Indigenous Literacy Day, we had a fantastic line-up of Indigenous writers, animators, musicians and academics, and we were thrilled to have another engaged and excited audience.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Sunday sessions: event MC Jim Everett, Craig Everett and his dance troupe, Bruce Pascoe, Greg Lehman, Tony Thorne, Patsy Cameron, and Kartanya.
We would also like to thank our event partners, supporters and sponsors: The Children’s Book Council of Australia (Tasmanian branch), Fullers Bookshop, DPaC, Moonah Arts Centre, Flinders Island Council, Early Childhood Australia (Tasmanian branch) and Les Lees.
Please enjoy these photos from the event, from Ruth Dawkins and Stephanie Eslake.
Sunny day, signs out… we’re ready for you!
Some last minute checks from our Director Chris, and Project Manager Danielle.
The volunteers on the ticket counter were kept busy from the get-go!
Did you spot The Mercury‘s photographer taking some shots for their coverage?
With the audience all seated, it was time to make a start. Our MC Jim Everett did a fantastic job and kept the event running smoothly.
What a welcome! Craig Everett and his dance troupe performed three dances to start the event: a cleansing dance, a welcome dance, and a mutton bird dance.
Up next was Bruce Pascoe, in conversation with Greg Lehman about the book Dark Emu.
A quick break gave the audience a chance to browse the Fullers bookstall.
Bruce Pascoe was very generous with his time and set up a signing table.
It wasn’t long until Dark Emu was sold out!
After the break, Bruce was back up on stage, this time with the animator and designer Tony Thorne, to discuss Tony’s new animated series Little J and Big Cuz, to be screened on NITV in 2017.
After the break, we heard some beautiful singing from Kartanya Maynard. Kartanya opened the 2012 National NAIDOC ball and the takayna book launch for the Bob Brown Foundation, singing in palawa kani for both. So hearing her perform at Hidden Stories was certainly a treat.
Our Director Chris shares the stage with Jenni Connor from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Tasmania branch).
More dancing and music from Craig Everett’s dance troupe…
…this time, closing the event with some audience participation!
Thank you for being part of Hidden Stories!