Norpa production features Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Melissa Lucashenko

Updated August 9 2022 - 11:49pm, first published August 4 2022 - 1:10am

Theatre company NORPA will bring Bundjalung stories to the fore at Byron Writers Festival with Bundjalung Nghari (meaning: story), a special evening of theatrical readings of stories, poems and essays penned by Bundjalung writers.

NORPA will bring Bundjalung stories to the fore at Byron Writers Festival with Bundjalung Nghari. Picture: Kristopher Cook

Leading Bundjalung director and curator, Rhoda Roberts AO has commissioned four Bundjalung writers, Steven Oliver, Daniel Browning, Kylie Caldwell and Ella Noah Bancroft, to reflect on homelands, clan and kinship, and the legacy that lives on in the everyday. Award-winning Bundjalung writer Melissa Lucashenko has also contributed a piece to Bundjalung Nghari - Indigenise. Musician Kauri Munro-Greentree will provide a live score.



"These multi-disciplinary, creative thinkers and writers share thought-provoking stories, reflecting on the collisions and intersections of belonging in two worlds with opposed philosophies and perceptions of what land and ownership truly means," Creative Director First Nations at NORPA, Rhoda Roberts said.

"We are still here, with the same voice and language of our ancestors." "Bundjalung Nghari-Indigenise enables a new amplification of the continued truth telling in the 21st century. The authorship and control of this project is Aboriginal led and will focus on Bundjalung artists and practitioners across all disciplines either living on and or off country."

Don't miss this powerful celebration of Bundjalung stories presented by NORPA in association with Byron Writers Festival on Saturday August 27, 4pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday 28 at 4pm. Tickets at

About the writers:

Kylie Caldwell is a Bundjalung artist, writer, weaver and fibre artist, interested in reviving and pursuing traditional cultural practices that her ancestors have used over thousands of years.

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples, best known for his work as a writer/actor/associate producer on the ABC's hit sketch show Black Comedy.

Bundjalung and Kullilli man Daniel Browning is host of Radio National's The Art Show. His first book, an anthology of essays on Indigenous art, cultural criticism and memoir, is forthcoming.

Ella Noah Bancroft is a Bundjalung artist and storyteller. She is the author of Sun Moon, and a participant in NORPA's creative development program Bundjalung Nghari-Indigenise.

Melissa Lucashenko is an acclaimed Aboriginal writer of Goorie and European heritage. Since 1997 Melissa has been widely published as an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her novel 'Too Much Lip' won the 2019 Miles Franklin prize.

The actors:

Rhoda Roberts and Sarah Roberts Field will be reading Kylie Caldwell's piece.

Steven Oliver and Ella Noah Bancroft will be reading their own pieces.

Tom Davies and Billy McPherson will be reading Daniel Browning's piece.

Rhoda Roberts will be reading Melissa Lucashenko's piece.

Event Details:

Bundjalung Nghari - Indigenise

Presented by NORPA in Association with Byron Writers Festival



Saturday 27 August, 4pm and 7:30pm

Sunday 28, 4pm

Cost: $20 - $45

Tickets at