In conversation with Melissa Lucashenko

Common People

Tony Birch

Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

Contemporary Storytelling / Urban



#About the event


Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University. His latest novel is The White Girl.


Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie novelist from Brisbane. Her work has been awarded the Miles Franklin Award, the Queensland Deloitte Literary Prize, the Nita B. Kibble Award, The Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Melissa has been short or longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Award, the DUBLIN Impact Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. Her most recent novel, Too Much Lip (UQP) won the 2019 Miles Franklin Award and 2019 Qld Literary Awards for Best Novel. She is currently working on a new novel. 

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.

For 2015-2016 he hosted Blueprint for Living and now hosts Talkfest on RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere. 

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