Future Perfect: Indigenous Speculative Futures

Will Dawson  

In this episode, guest host Hannah Donnelly explores Indigenous speculative futures with Claire G Coleman, author of the recently released ‘Terra Nullius’, and Maddee Clark, who is writing their PhD on Indigenous speculative fiction and futurism.

Hannah Donnelly is a writer, DJ and the creator of Sovereign Trax. Her work experiments with future tense, speculative fiction and Indigenous responses to climate change through stories of cultural flows and water systems. Sovereign Trax is an online space promoting First Nations music through energising decolonization conversations and community in music. Hannah is currently working at Next Wave as an associate producer.

Claire G Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. Claire grew up in a Forestry’s settlement in the middle of a tree plantation – where her dad worked, not far out of Perth. She wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning manuscript Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan.

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh freelance writer living in the Kulin Nation. They are a Ph.D student researching Indigenous speculative fiction and futurism.

Links to works discussed and recommended

Claire G Coleman’s ‘Terra Nullius’, published with Hachette www.hachette.com.au/claire-coleman/terra-nullius

Maddee Clark’s ‘Coded Devices’, published on the Next Wave website 2016.nextwave.org.au/essays/coded-devices/

A review of Hannah Donnelly’s ‘Sovereign Apocalypse’ by Ellen van Neerven in the Lifted Brow www.theliftedbrow.com/liftedbrow/sov…eview-by-ellen

Claire recommends

Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara readingaustralia.com.au/essays/follow…-proof-fence/

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally

Benang by Kim Scott

Maddee recommends

Fiona Foley

The Tribe

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

Nicole Watson

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