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The Indigenous Story Project hosts Indigenous stories across many forms. It aims to provide an opportunity to gather, (re)generate, and host stories, and thus knowledges, through spoken word, in music, in film, in visual arts, writing, and all dynamic multimedia forms. 

The Indigenous Story project welcomes contributions—large-scale to small, including independent creativity captured on mobile phones and other hand-held devices, and other technologies. All contributions are moderated.  

Nathaniel Andrew

Panel Judge

Nathaniel is an internationally recognised musician, performer and music educator who has had an extensive music career as a Bassist, Guitarist and vocalist.  He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (with Distinction) from Central Queensland Conservatorium (CQCM) before completing a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of Cincinnati (UC).

 

Nathaniel began his professional performing career in 2003 as a session musician for local recording studios and festivals before being accepted into the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music 2004.  In 2008 he was accepted on a full scholarship into a Masters of Music at The University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA. During his time in the USA, Nathaniel had the opportunity to perform and work with artists including Bootsy Collins, Mel Carter, Wilbert Longmire and Jeff Coffin.

 

From 2014 to 2019 Nathaniel was the Head of Music at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts where founded the ACPA Gospel choir, which under his leadership went on to, perform with artists including Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Isaiah Firebrace, Troy Cassar Daley, Kate Cerebrano, Katie Noonan and John Farnham at events including QMF’s 2017 “You’re the Voice” concert and at the closing ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  From 2014 to 2018 Nathaniel was the musical director for ACPA Productions “Black Electric” (2014), Knock Knock (2015), Flight (2016), Awakening (2017) and Eclipse (2018) which premiered at the Queensland Performance Arts Centre.  In 2016 he was announced as VET Trainer of the Year at the Queensland Training Regional Awards.

 

In 2019 Nathaniel was the music director for “The Sapphires” presented by Hit Productions, which is currently traveling to over 140 venues around Australia.  In this position he worked closely with award winning actor Tony Briggs and lighting designer Mark Howett.  He also provided opening music for the 2019 Birraranga Film Festival, which premiered award-winning films from around the world.

 

Nathaniel’s performing credits include Macy’s Jazz Festival in Cincinnati, USA alongside acts including Jasmine Sullivan, Robin Thicke, The O’Jays and Anita Baker (2009), Festival of Voices in Hobart, AUS (2016 as bassist), Opening for Chrissette Michelle and Frankie Beverly and MAZE, Opening for Al Jarreau (2008), Latrobe University’s Hyllus Maris Lecture and QMF’s “You’re the Voice” events accompanying Isaiah Firebrace (2016 X Factor winner), Aboriginal Tourism Expo at the Sydney Opera House (2015), Guest Lecturer on Bootsy Collins Funk University, Numerous performances with “All Together Now” 2018 winner Lai, Freelance bassist, guitarist and vocalist with numerous Brisbane musical groups, Yamaha Music endorsee, Elixir Strings endorsee, Sponsored by Mark Bass amplifiers

 

Nathaniel is a proud Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri, Ngarrindjeri, Wadi Wadi, Wiradjuri and South Sea Islander man

Tony Birch

Panel Judge

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin literary prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012.

He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature.

In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night. Both books will be published by University of Queensland Press. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist. His website is: tony-birch.com

Evelyn Araluen

Panel Judge

Evelyn Araluen is Co-Editor of Overland, as well as a poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. Her work has won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Her debut poetry collection DROPBEAR is forthcoming with the University of Queensland Press. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant.