Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. Since 1997 Melissa has been widely published as an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her recent work has appeared in The Moth: Fifty True Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and The Saturday Paper. Too Much Lip is her sixth novel and 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 the human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead.