In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?  Miles Franklin Award-winning writer, Alexis Wright, will deliver the 2020 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature.

The 2020 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature marks the centenary of the birth of the great Aboriginal poet, activist, and educator, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-1993). 

Acclaimed writer Alexis Wright will include her personal reflections on the difficult time for Aboriginal people in which Oodgeroo lived and worked, a period that Alexis' mother lived through in far North West Queensland. 

The lecture will discuss Oodgeroo's influence on Alexis, and others who shaped her artistic vision from the Aboriginal world and beyond. In considering the question, In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do? Alexis will consider the guidance that she herself would offer future writers - in times like these.

About the speaker

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader, Tracker Tilmouth.

Her books have been published widely overseas, including in China, the US, UK, Italy, France, and Poland. She holds the position of Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel Plains of Promise was published by UQP.

Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker).

About National NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in our Indigenous communities but also in increasing number of government agencies, community organisations, local councils, workplaces, schools and sporting groups.

UQ celebrates NAIDOC Week with our annual NAIDOC Festival early in Semester 2 each year, but this year we are also joining in with the rest of Australia and celebrating it during the officialy recognised week.

See how we celebrated earlier this year

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