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Writing the portrait

Saturday 29 May 2021
Ada Bird Petyarre
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka. © Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2021

Join Wuilli Wuilli woman Lisa Fuller in the Gallery as she explores slow looking and how art can open up your writing. Lisa will guide you through writing exercises which challenge you to look closely, make connections and investigate storytelling by using portraits on display for inspiration.

Please bring along a notebook, pen and pencil. Laptops are welcome, but remember to charge them! (power cords can only be plugged in if they've been tagged and tested)

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland who is also descended from Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng peoples. She’s lived in Canberra since 2006 and is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra.

Lisa won a 2019 black&write! Fellowship (2019), the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and a 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers. Her debut novel, Ghost Bird, won the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020, and was joint winner of the Norma K Hemming Award, long form category. It was also an honour book in the 2020 CBCAs Book of the Year Older Reader category, and shortlisted for the 2019 Aurealis Awards.

Lisa teaches creative writing at the University of Canberra and works as a freelance writer, editor and publishing consultant. She has work in Kill Your Darlings, the Sydney Review of Books Writers, and Feminartsy. She also has poetry and short fiction in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty (2011), By Close of Business (Us Mob Writing 2013), VerityLa’s Ochre Lines (2017) and Too Deadly: our voice, our way, our business (2017). She has been a member of Us Mob Writing since 2011.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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