Jerome Rothenberg spoke as part of the 2017 seminar program on Writing Through: Translation and Othering as Forms of Composition.

Our Next Seminar

Seminar series 2023 - a special in-person event:

Melissa Lucashenko in conversation with Associate Professor Sandra Phillips

Friday 20 October 2023

11:00am – 12:00pm, with morning tea at 10:30am  

The Writing & Society Research Centre  is delighted to host an informal, in-conversation event with the award-winning Goorie author Melissa Lucashenko. Melissa will be in conversation with Associate Professor Sandra Phillips, discussing and reading from her latest, highly anticipated novel Edenglassie.
Edenglassie is an  epic novel set in Brisbane when First Nations people still outnumber the colonists, that tells two extraordinary stories set five generations apart. When Mulanyin meets the beautiful Nita in Edenglassie, their saltwater people still outnumber the British. As colonial unrest peaks, Mulanyin dreams of taking his bride home to Yugambeh Country, but his plans for independence collide with white justice. Two centuries later, fiery activist Winona meets Dr Johnny. Together they care for obstinate centenarian Granny Eddie, and sparks fly, but not always in the right direction. What nobody knows is how far the legacies of the past will reach into their modern lives.

In this brilliant epic, Melissa Lucashenko torches Queensland’s colonial myths, while reimagining an Australian future.

'A literary epic... The tragedy, injustice and brutality of the British invasion are made visible in the historical setting as well as in the contemporary one, where we see its impact on the present-day characters, but Edenglassie also portrays deep hope, resistance and reverence, and is fierce in its commitment to building a rich life swelling with love'.  Books+Publishing

VENUE:  Female Orphan School, Parramatta South campus, Western Sydney University- room EZ.G.23 conference room

IN PERSON attendance only, morning tea provided. Free registration here:

All welcome!


MELISSA LUCASHENKO is a Goorie (Aboriginal) author of Bundjalung and European heritage. Her first novel was published in 1997 and since then her work has received acclaim in many literary awards. Killing Darcy won the Royal Blind Society Award and was shortlisted for an Aurealis award. Her sixth novel, Too Much Lip, won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance. It was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Stella Prize, two Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, two Queensland Literary Awards and two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Her latest book is Edenglassie.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SANDRA PHILLIPS is a Wakka Wakka woman, raised on the Country of her family's ancestors and is also proudly Gooreng Gooreng. Sandra is Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Program-funded research projects: Community Publishing in Regional Australia and Reading climate: Indigenous literatures, subject English, and Sustainability. Associate Professor Sandra Phillips is Associate Dean (Indigenous Education) at Western Sydney University. Sandra is also a member of the Writing & Society Research Centre with research interests in Indigenous writing and Australian publishing following a distinguished career in the Australian publishing industry.


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