Be among the first to hear from the winner of the 2022 Stella Prize Evelyn Araluen who took home the award for her groundbreaking poetry collection, Dropbear. Described by 2022 Stella Prize judge Melissa Lucashenko as "...a breathtaking collection of poetry and short prose which arrests key icons of mainstream Australian culture and turns them inside out," Dropbear has received broad praise for its fierce, witty critique of Australia's fantasy of its own racial and environmental innocence. Evelyn will be joined on stage by Melissa Lucashenko for what promises to be a rich, intimate discussion on poetry, connection to Country and the role of the arts in society.

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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, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Evelyn’s debut collection Dropbear won the 2022 Stella Prize. 


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.