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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 6, 2020

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Melissa Lucashenko ‘Mullumbimby’ launch, Avid Reader

Alinta Koh

If you’re looking for something to do tonight that you won’t be ashamed to tell your colleagues about on Monday, why not get your literary on?

Avid Reader, Brisbane institution/ bookshop/café/ site of many fantastic events, is hosting the launch of Melissa Lucashenko’s new novel ‘Mullumbimby’.

Ms Lucashenko has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, among others. This, her fifth book, is described as ‘a darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare’, and is being published by the University of Queensland Press.


When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter Ellen, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours, and a looming Native Title war among the local Bundjalung families. When Jo stumbles into love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.


As well as Ms. Lucashenko, the salon launch will also include reading by Matthew Condon and three emerging writers: Siv Parker, winner of the 2012 David Uniapon Award at the QLD Literary Awards; Ellen van Neerven Currie, shortlisted in the 2012 David Uniapon Award; and Yasmin Smith.

Going to literary readings is fun! And it sounds impressive. Plus, it finishes at 8pm, so you can always continue the night with a few beverages afterwards…

Date: Friday 22nd February.

Time: 6-8pm,

Address: Avid Reader – 193 Boundary St West End

(07) 3846 3422

Tickets: $7.50