with Roma Yibiyung Winmar, Ken Hayward, Clint Bracknell, and Jarni McGuire

The first program in our new series, Ways of Being, which took place online on 6 April 2022.




Dr Roma Yibiyung Winmar is continuously promoting Noongar language and cultural activities. She first rose to prominence as an acclaimed painter and emu-egg carver. In recent years, she has been heavily involved with Perth Festival and a creative advisor and singer. A highly experienced Noongar language teacher, she holds positions at Moorditj Community College and Edith Cowan University, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work in education and the arts.


Ken Hayward is a senior Noongar man with a wealth of experience and knowledge of working on Country and engaging with Aboriginal communities. He has more than two decades of experience working across universities, government, and the private sector promoting Aboriginal culture and facilitating better relationships between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people. He holds degrees in anthropology, public health and tropical medicine and lectures across a wide spectrum of disciplines at Edith Cowan University.


Clint Bracknell is a Noongar musician, Professor of linguistics at the University of Queensland, and deputy chair of the AIATSIS council. A strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and creative practices, he co-translated both the first full adaptation of a Shakespearean work and the first dubbed feature film in a language of Australia.


Jarni McGuire is a Whadjuk, Ballardong, and Yued Noongar woman living in Boorloo (Perth). As a contemporary Noongar artist and designer, she loves bringing traditional stories and art to the forefront of contemporary practice with her digital and physical work via ‘Jarni Creative’. She finds inspiration in her culture, using language, and listening to senior people.







Image: Clint Bracknell, Noongar Country on the south coast of WA. Courtesy the artist.