Tumbalong Gatherers – Because of her we can


Tumbalong Gatherers – Because of her we can

Follow the lights and sounds of the Eora poetic path with the Tumbalong Gatherers this July. From the 6 – 27th of July, Red Room Poetry will bring poetry to the streets of Darling Square and Daring Quarter to celebrate the NAIDOC Week’s theme ‘Because of her we can’.

Tumbalong Boulevard will be Illuminated by the profound words of the Red Room’s first nation poets. Their words will be presented alongside the visual work of artist, David Cragg.


Tumbalong Gatherers – Because of her we can

Follow the lights and sounds of the Eora poetic path with the Tumbalong Gatherers this July. From the 6 – 27th of July, Red Room Poetry will bring poetry to the streets of Darling Square and Daring Quarter to celebrate the NAIDOC Week’s theme ‘Because of her we can’.

Tumbalong Boulevard will be Illuminated by the profound words of the Red Room’s first nation poets. Their words will be presented alongside the visual work of artist, David Cragg.

Tumbalong Gatherers – Because of her we can (Story One)

Joel Davidson, a proud Gadigal man and Kirli Saunders from the Gunai nation will also be performing their poetic works from the Tumbalong Gatherers Exhibition at Darling Square and Darling Quarter over two nights on the 20th and 21st of July.

Red Room aims to make poetry a meaningful part of everyday life and has collaborated with award winning First Australian poets to amplify First Nation voices and languages in a place that holds a deep connection to country. Kirli Saunders, a Gunai and Gundungurra Custodian hopes to ‘encourage the audience and explore First Nations languages, to reach out to the local community to pause and acknowledge the wisdom embedded within this land’.

‘Because of her, we can’ celebrates the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and will continue to make to our families, our communities and our nation. Celebrating the first women of Australia who have been and inspired leaders, activists and advocates for justice, equal rights, rights to country, access to education, equal opportunity and the preservation and promotion of the culture of Australia’s first people.

We asked Jeanine Leane, a writer, poet, academic and proud Wiradjuri woman from South-West New South Wales a couple of questions about what it means to be involved with the Tumbalong Gatherers project and what this year’s theme ‘Because of her, we can’ means to her’

What does it mean for you to be involved in the Tumbalong Gatherers project, delivered by Red Room Poetry & Lendlease?

“The project gave me the opportunity to reflect on and write about connections and relationships to Country from a women’s perspective. In particular, it gave me the space and encouragement to use language and remembering how the women who raised me spoke about gathering all sorts of small things, like secrets, family stories and histories that connect us and make up the big picture of our story, past, present and future.”

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Because of her we can’, are there particular women in your life that have influenced you? Can you tell us a little about the Queens in your life?

“The Queens in my life are my Aunties who encouraged me to write with the hope that one day there’d be a space for our stories. So, because of them I have a voice and this project gives me an opportunity to use it!”

Artists to lookout for
Jeanine Leane (Wiradjuri), Kirli Saunders (Gunai & Gundungurra Custodian), Joel Davison (Gadigal), Ali Coby Eckermann (Yankunytatjara) and Lorna Munro (Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi).

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