Set across the far-flung reaches of the universe, The Old Lie, by Stella Prize–shortlisted novelist Claire G. Coleman, examines Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers after World War II. Hailed by Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker as “a hoot [and] a rollick through both sci-fi and speculative fiction”, The Old Lie takes us to a futuristic yet familiar world to ask what we have learned from the past. It holds a mirror up to colonialism and the erasure of Indigenous peoples’ stories from history. Claire speaks with Evelyn Araluen about her ambitious follow-up to the prize-winning Terra Nullius.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius won a black&write! Fellowship and a Norma K. Hemming Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Aurealis Science Fiction Award. She writes poetry, short-fiction and essay and has been published widely. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born and raised in Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.