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.
Meera Atkinson is the author of Traumata, published by UQP in 2018, and two academic books. She writes across literary genres appearing in many publications, including Salon.com, Best Australian Poems 2010, Best Australian Stories 2007, Meanjin, Southerly, and Griffith Review. Meera was the Varuna Dr Dark Flagship Fellowship recipient for 2017. She teaches creative writing and English literature.