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Colonial Truths

Literary legends expose bloody truths of national history

Melissa Lucashenko
David Marr (photo credit Christopher Ireland)
Friday 24 May 2024
Event Code: 78

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Two icons of Australian writing, novelist Melissa Lucashenko and journalist David Marr, confront our nation's horrific past.

Melissa follows up her Miles Franklin–winning Too Much Lip with Edenglassie, a multigenerational epic beginning in Brisbane when First Nations people still outnumber the colonists.

David's soul-searching history Killing for Country grapples with politics and power in the colonial world, after discovering that his forebears served with the brutal Native Police.

Unpack the legacies of Australia's frontier wars with Melissa and David, discussing these groundbreaking books with journalist Matthew Condon.

Carriageworks, Bay 20, The ARA Stage
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015