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Melissa Lucashenko: Torching the Colonial Myth

‘Edenglassie is an Aboriginal love story about staying human in the face of colonisation and trying to make a life that is adventurous and rich when everything is collapsing around you.’ – Melissa Lucashenko

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In her most ambitious work to date, acclaimed Goorie author and Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Melissa Lucashenko turns her hand to historical fiction. Edenglassie is a blazing epic set in colonial Queensland, spanning five generations to tell a story of legacy, love and resistance.

At this exclusive Spring Fling event, Lucashenko discusses the hidden histories that shaped her extraordinary new work, which takes a torch to colonial myths and grapples with the ongoing realities of resistance.

Lucashenko and host Evelyn Araluen consider how confronting the ugly truths of the past offers us a way to reimagine the future.



This event was recorded Friday 6th October 2023 at the Wheeler Centre as part of Spring Fling.

Featured music is ‘Different Days’ by Chill Cole.


Spring Fling was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund. Special thanks to official bookseller Readings and accommodation partner The Sofitel.

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