Melissa Lucashenko launches Dreaming Inside Volume Ten – creative writing from First Nations inmates in Junee Correctional Centre. This annual publication is overseen by Aunty Barbara Nicholson and will celebrate its tenth year in 2022. Known as Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby), it assists inmates to improve their literacy skills, but also results in higher self-esteem, greater cultural awareness and an increased ability to understand their own feelings.

Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Australian)

Aunty Barbara Nicholson

Aunty Barbara Nicholson is a Wadi Wadi Elder from the Illawarra who holds a degree in English Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW). She began the Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) project which has collected and published writing from First Australian inmates in Junee Jail for the last ten years. Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre Volume Ten is a unique collection of the authentic voices of its contributors.

Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. She has written six novels, including Too Much Lip which won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction and founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Melissa’s next novel Edenglassie will be published in 2023.