Melissa Lucashenko

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Melissa Lucashenko
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Brisbane, Australia
Nationality Australian

adult literary fiction and

literary non-fiction, plus two novels for teenagers

Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of adult literary fiction and literary non-fiction who has also written two novels for teenagers.

In 2013 at The Walkley Awards, she won the Feature Writing Long ( Over 4000 words) award for her piece 'Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan'.


Lucashenko was born in 1967 in Brisbane, Australia. Her heritage is European and Murri Aboriginal. She is a graduate of Griffith University in 1990 with an honours degree in public policy.[1][2] Lucashenko's first work to be published was in 1997, with Steam Pigs which won the Dobbie Prize for Australian women's fiction. It was also a short-list nominee for the NSW Premier's Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.[2] In 1998 she released the novel Killing Darcy which won the Aurora Prize of the Royal Blind Society and was a finalist for the 1998 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel and named on the 1998 James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award long list.[3][4] In 1999 her third book, Hard Yards was released and in 2002 her fourth novel Too Flash was published. Hard Yards was a finalist in the 2001 Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the NSW Premier's Award. She is also an accomplished essayist. Lucashenko'sfifth novel, Mullumbimby, won the prestigious Deloitte Queensland Literary Fiction Prize in 2013. New South Wales.[2]

In March 2014 The Moth Radio Hour aired a recording of Lucashenko recounting the story of moving with her husband and daughter back to the Aboriginal lands in New South Wales (where her great-grandmother grew up), and subsequent divorce from her husband and mental illness of her daughter.[5]



  • Lucashenko, Melissa (1997). Steam pigs. University of Queensland Press. 
  • Killing Darcy University of Queensland Press, 1998, ISBN 9780702230417
  • Hard Yards University of Queensland Press, 1999, ISBN 9780702230806
  • Too Flash (2002)
  • Uptown Girl, University of Queensland Press, 2002, ISBN 9780702233340
  • Mullumbimby (2013)


  • Lucashenko, Melissa (June 2014). "Aborigines in the Australian literary tradition". Australian Author. 46 (1): 23–27. [6]
  • Globalisation, Kimberley Style in Our Global Face edition 6
  • How Green is My Valley? in Hot Air edition 12
  • Not Quite White in the Head
  • On the Same Page, right? in Stories for Today edition 26
  • Our Bodies in Making Perfect Bodies edition 4
  • The Silent Majority in Stories for Today edition 26
  • Whiteness
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?

Nominations and awards[edit]

Aurealis Awards

Aurora Prize of the Royal Blind Society

  • 1998: Won: Killing Darcy

Commonwealth Writers' Prize

  • 1997: Nomination: Steam Pigs

Courier-Mail Book of the Year

    • 2001: Nomination: Hard Yards

Nita Kibble Literary Award

James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award

  • 1998: Long list: Killing Darcy

NSW Premier's Award

  • 1997: Steam Pigs
  • 1999: Hard Yards


  1. ^ "Melissa Lucashenko". Griffith Review. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Home". Melissa Lucashenko. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1999 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1999 James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  5. ^ "The Moth Radio Hour: My Grandmother's Country". The Moth. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  6. ^ An edited version of her Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture, October 2013.

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