Paper and Talk is BACK in 2023!


Expression of Interest for the program OPEN NOW.

Living Languages and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) are running another Paper and Talk workshop in October 2023. 

The two-week workshop will be held in Canberra at AIATSIS from 16 to 27 October. It will provide five groups of two to three Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to access and recover language materials from AIATSIS and other collecting institutions. 

Our 2023 participants will receive training and one-on-one support to understand, interpret and use these materials in their language revitalisation efforts.  

AIATSIS is now calling for expressions of interest from groups of two to three people working together on their language via the website: 

If selected, your group will: 

  • Receive training before and during the workshop in searching the archives and retrieving your language materials. 
  • Receive training in linguistics and other skills/knowledge to understand the materials you uncover and use them in your language work. 
  • Visit other important archives located in Canberra.  
  • Be supported to use your materials to work towards a specific language project of your choice or to develop a language resource you can take home to your community. 
  • Be paired with a Linguist Partner who will support your group during the workshop. This will be an experienced linguist or language worker who can provide support and advice as needed. 
  • Have access to linguists, language workers, language work trainers, and archivists to answer questions and support you in your language work. 
  • Network and share with four other groups from around the country who are also working on strengthening their languages. 

Learn more about the Paper to Talk program for 2023 and register your interest here: LINK  
For all questions, please email the team at  

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