Australia prides itself on being a reading nation, but who’s reading what? What are our favourite genres? Do women read more than men? How do we choose our books? Where do we buy them? A recent survey of Australian readers conducted by Macquarie University and the Australia Council for the Arts investigates the preferences, behaviour and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australian’s literary editor Stephen Romei joins publisher Meredith Curnow, author Melissa Lucashenko, bookseller Fiona Stager and Professor David Throsby to discuss the findings.

Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a leading novelist from Queensland. A Bundjalung woman, her work has been awarded the Queensland Deloitte Literary Prize, the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing. In 2019, Too Much Lip won the Miles Franklin Award – Australia’s premier writing prize – and the Queensland Award for a Work of State Significance. Melissa also received a Walkley Award for her Griffith Review essay ‘Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan’, and is a founding member of prisoner human rights organisation, Sisters Inside. Melissa writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead.

Stephen Romei (Australian )

Stephen Romei

Stephen Romei is the literary editor and a film critic at The Australian and The Weekend Australian. His weekly literary column in The Weekend Australian is ‘A Pair of Ragged Claws’.