An important new voice in Australian literature, Melanie Cheng talks about her debut collection of stories, Australia Day. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian and Muslim. What they have in common – no matter where they come from – is a desire to belong. The book touches on 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. Presented with Ku-ring-gai Gordon Library.

Melanie Cheng (Australian)

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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 with her family. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Meanjin and Overland among others. In 2016, she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Australia Day (2017) is her first book.