kht voices: in conversation – indigenous perspectives in the covid19 era

Join the Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) and Fed Square for an exclusive online event with Indigenous contributors to the Koorie Heritage Trust’s online project KHT Voices, KHT Voices: In Conversation – Indigenous perspectives in the COVID19 era, on Thursday 13 August, 1-2 pm. 

John Harding will guide a conversation with Claire G. Coleman, Monique Grbec and Ron Murray via Zoom around Indigenous perspectives on the Covid-19 experience. 

KHT Voices is a curated digital platform for the voice of our First Nations people.  During these unprecedented times in our collective history, KHT Voices presents a series of short essays, interviews and stories about how our communities are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. KHT Voices also includes video recordings from within communities.  Pls see here,

Details about each of the speakers and all are available for interview. 


John is a Meriam / Gu-Gu Yimidir man, born and bred in Melbourne. John has been writing in the mediums of theatre, television series, documentary and drama, film and poetry for over 35 years. He has produced thirteen staged theatrical productions, won several State and National awards (including the Human Rights Award) and has twice been published as a playwright by Currency Press. He specializes in creative writing, and has sat on Indigenous Advisory committees for Melbourne Arts Festival, Australian Arts Law Centre and the First Nations of Australia Writers Network. John is a founding member of Ilbijerri Aboriginal /TSI Theatre Company. Since Ilbijerri’s inception, John has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of Indigenous artistic expression in the arts and particularly theatre


Claire is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. Born in Perth, Claire has lived most of her life in Victoria, and most of that in and around Melbourne. Claire writes fiction, essays and poetry. Claire has won a Black&Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for her novel Terra Nullius.


Monique Grbec is a child of the Stolen Generations. With an interest in identity, the generational effects of institutionalisation, and the White Australia Policy, Monique’s lifework is fundamentally text based and addressed through the lens of Indigenous Standpoint Theory. A regular contributor to Witness Performance, her current visual work is multimedia installation and video


Uncle Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man who grew up surrounded by Aboriginal sacred country and sacred sites near Balranald, NSW (Muthi Muthi Country). He is an international didgeridoo soloist, having performed in Australia, New York, Jordan, Canada and New Zealand. Passionate about keeping Aboriginal stories, art and culture alive, Ron regularly gives lectures on Indigenous issues concerning employment, history, the environment, justice, cultural heritage, arts practice, and the positive contributions of Indigenous people to Australian society. Ron also teaches didgeridoo and boomerang making to Indigenous youth in Victoria’s youth justice centres, with a focus on cultural healing.

This event is in partnership with Fed Square.  We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia, Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family, and the Jon Faine Farewell Broadcast Fundraising Appeal

KHT Voices: In Conversation – Indigenous perspectives in the COVID19 era on Thursday 13 August, 1-2 pm.  Bookings:   This is a free event. 

Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Fed Square.