In this new series of events, join some of your most beloved writers as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. They may be your favourite writers, but they’re also some of our country’s most insightful and incisive readers – and these sessions reveal what they think makes a story extraordinary. Providing keen insights into the books they’re most excited about and the writers they’re tipping as new talents to watch, enjoy this special series of conversations between the authors you already love and the new writers they love.

“For decades Australia was told that Tasmanian Aboriginal people were ‘extinct’. With Born Into This, Adam Thompson is here, a burning talent with great yarns and short stories from his Pakana people’s grassroots lives. He’s completely alive – and totally unmissable.” – Melissa Lucashenko, Too Much Lip

Miles Franklin winner Melissa Lucashenko loved Adam Thompson’s Born Into This. In this special conversation, Melissa interviews Adam about his brilliant debut collection of short stories.

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.

Adam Thompson (Australian)

Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson is a Pakana writer from Launceston. He was one of the ten recipients of the inaugural The Next Chapter initiative through The Wheeler Centre. Adam has written for performance art and television. His writing has appeared in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Kill Your Darlings, and The Griffith Review. Adam's debut short-story collection, Born into This, was published by UQP in February 2021.