North Farm resident elder and living treasure Aunty Bea Ballangarry will share her knowledge with others at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
North Farm resident elder and living treasure Aunty Bea Ballangarry will share her knowledge with others at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. Trevor Veale

Saltwater Freshwater brings Indigenous stories to Bellingen

SALTWATER Freshwater Arts Alliance supported by Arts NSW will present highlights of the Guunumba Project on Monday as part of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. Starting at 9.30am, writer and poet Aunty Bea Ballangarry OAM will link up with three emerging writers to create contemporary Aboriginal stories. Following great success at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Kempsey, Joan McDonald, Eden Davis and Lee Townsend will share their stories embedded with cultural meaning. Aunty Bea said the writers will have visitors smiling, laughing, crying and reflecting on our local, thriving and diverse Indigenous culture. "As soon as I heard the stories I knew I was listening to legends in the making," Aunty Bea said. The session runs for three hours and bookings are recommended. Visit saltwaterfreshwater.com.au for details



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