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We explore the themes of two recent publications, Edenglassie and The Visitors, with insight from the authors. With Jane Harrison, Melissa Lucashenko and moderated by Daniel Browning.


Jane Harrison

Jane¬†Harrison¬†is descended from the Muruwari people of NSW. Her first play¬†Stolen¬†had productions across Australia and toured internationally. She was co-winner of the 2012 RAKA Kate Challis Award for¬†Stolen.¬†Rainbow‚Äôs End¬†(2003) has had numerous productions and won the 2012 Drovers Award for best touring production.¬†The Visitors play¬†(2020) premiered at Sydney Festival and won the Sydney Critics Award…

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie author from Brisbane. Her latest novel is Edenglassie, a narrative of colonial Moreton Bay in the 1850s. Melissa is a Miles Franklin winner for Too Much Lip, a Walkley Award winner for non-fiction, and a founding member of Sisters Inside.

Daniel Browning

Daniel Browning (he/him) is a Bundjalung and Kullilli journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he is Editor Indigenous Radio with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and produces and presents The Art Show for ABC RN, the ABC‚Äôs specialist arts and journalism network. He also presented Awaye! for many years, an RN…