Melissa Lucashenko is an acclaimed Australian writer of Goorie (Aboriginal) and European heritage. Born in Brisbane in 1967, Melissa has worked as a barmaid, delivery driver and karate instructor and has an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University. Since 1997, she has been widely published as a novelist, essayist and short story writer, with occasional forays into the world of criminalised women through the ground-breaking organisation she helped establish in Brisbane, Sisters Inside.

Her books have won or been shortlisted for many major awards. Melissa’s multi-award winning novel, Mullumbimby, a story of romantic love and cultural warfare, was released to ecstatic reviews in 2013. Her first novel of urban Aboriginal Australia, Steam Pigs, was published by the University of Queensland Press in 1997 to critical acclaim. A story of racial identity and working class life, Steam Pigs won the Dobbie Prize for Australian women’s fiction, was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Awards, and was shortlisted for the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.


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