Melanie Cheng - Australia Day

Sunday 18 February 2018
The Warehouse, Clunes

Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common—no matter where they come from—is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before. 

Recognition for Australia Day
Award Winner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, 2016 
Award Shortlisted, Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, 2017 
Award Shortlisted, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, 2017 
Award Longlisted, Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, 2018 

‘Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian literature.’ - Christos Tsiolkas 

About the Author
Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Australia Day is her first book. 

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A FREE event sponsored by Dilmac Media, Creative Clunes and supported by Hepburn Shire Council.