Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko

Q&A

Hi, what’s your name?

Melissa Lucashenko

Where do you hail from?

The greater Brisbane area

Who do you work for?

I’m a self employed author

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I’m from a working class family, the first in my immediate family to go to university.  I did a degree in politics and economics at Griffith, tried being a bureaucrat – did a very brief stint in the federal Cabinet office – and am an academic, but ended up drifting into fiction because it seemed the only possible way to write the Aboriginal stories that were burning me up.

What are your career highlights?

My novel Mullumbimby won the 2013 Qld Lit Awards DeLoitte Prize for Fiction and 2014 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was long-listed for the Miles Franklin 2014.  I also won the 2013 Walkley Award for long-form journalism, for my Griffith Review piece “Sinking Below Sight”.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

An urgent need for caffeine, plus the idea that each day you never know what is around the corner, what might happen in the world. I find that pretty exciting.

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Oh, God, there are so many…Alexis Wright. Bruce Pascoe. Richard Flanagan. Toni Morrison. Ken Burns. How long have you got?

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

Yarning about the essay form mainly. And talking about black stuff too – the serious potholes to avoid, and what’s best practise in Indigenous story-telling.

Where can we find you?

Website/blog: www.melissalucashenko.com.au