On 1 August 2022, on Norfolk Island, we held the Opening Ceremony for National Family History Month.

Topic: Fictionalising the Family history 
History is full of silences and there are often gaps in the family history. This is particularly so for First Nations families given the impact of the removal policy. So how can those blank spaces be filled, what can be 'imagined' and what can be reclaimed? How can the process of creative writing help find the forgotten stories and missing links? Author of After Story, Home and Legacy talks about using the family history as inspiration.

Larissa Behrendt is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent novel is Afer Story. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa is an award-winning filmmaker, having written and directed several feature documentary films including Araatka! Rise Up, Maralinga Tjarutka, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed. She has written and directed for television. She won the AACTA for Best Direction in Television Factual in 2020 for Maralinga Tjarutja and the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary for After the Apology. For more on Larissa’s film work: www.lavarchproductons.com. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. 

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