Melissa Lucashenko delivers the second public lecture in the 2008 series of Sydney PEN Voices: The 3 Writers Project. She speaks on the subject of SURVIVAL in Sydney (followed by a conversation with ABC presenter Fran Kelly).
Respected radio presenter, current affairs journalist and political correspondent, Fran Kelly hosts ABC Radio National's agenda-setting Breakfast program.
Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning novelist and essayist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation in northern NSW. Her writing explores the stories and passions of ordinary Australians, and has particular reference to Indigenous people, women and the marginalised of all descriptions. Melissaâ€™s novels â€“ including Steam Pigs, Killing Darcy and Hard Yards have won or been short-listed for numerous awards, including the Dobbie, Kibble, Courier Mail Book of the Year, and NSW Premierâ€™s and Commonwealth Writerâ€™s awards. Melissa also works for the prisoner support organisation Sisters Inside, which she helped to found in the early 90s.
Melissa Lucashenko describes how aborigines lived a life of comfort and leisure before colonization, a lifestyle taken over by the Protestant work ethic from Europe that promotes the struggle of daily life.