Our relationship with our environment determines the identity of every individual and every culture. If we shift where we are, can personal or spiritual revelation come more readily? Melissa Lucashenko (Mullumbimby) and Sue Woolfe (The Oldest Song In the World), discuss the power and influence of the Australian landscape on their writing with Walter Mason (Destination Saigon).
Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)
Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning Aboriginal novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Her writing explores the stories of ordinary Australians with particular reference to Aboriginal people and those living on the margins of the First World. Melissa’s forthcoming novel is Mullumbimby, a contemporary tale of romantic love and cultural warfare set in a remote NSW valley. melissalucashenko.com.au
Sue Woolfe is the author of four novels, including the internationally acclaimed Leaning Towards Infinity, which won the Christina Stead Award, the Asia-Pacific Region section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Tip Tree prize in the US. Her first novel, Painted Woman, was also nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. She has adapted both novels for ABC radio, for the professional stage, and Leaning Towards Infinity has been optioned for a film in the US. Her third novel, The Secret Cure, is currently being adapted for an opera and her fourth novel The Oldest Song in the World was published in 2012. Sue teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and is the author of The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: a Novelist looks at Neuroscience and Creativity and, with Kate Grenville, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written. suewoolfe.com.au
Walter Mason is a writer, blogger and former bookseller. Part of the Writing & Society Research Group at UWS, he is completing his doctoral thesis on the history of self-help books in Australia. His first book, Destination Saigon was named one of the 10 best travel books of 2010 by The Sydney Morning Herald. His new book, Destination Cambodia will be released by Allen & Unwin in September 2013.