Join three of Australia’s most exciting, fearless voices for a conversation with Sarah Ayoub about bringing the stories of second-generation immigrants to the mainstream. Omar Musa offers his perspective as a Malaysian-born rapper and poet whose debut novel explores the lives of multicultural youth. Fellow panellist Melanie Cheng was born in Adelaide and grew up in Hong Kong, and has written a fresh take on our multiculturalism in her debut collection of stories Australia Day. And Arab-Australian novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad provides insight into the cultural identity of young people in Sydney’s west.
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Melanie Cheng (Australian)
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. Her short story collection Australia Day won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Room for a Stranger is her second book.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Australian)
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founder and director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His debut novel The Tribe received the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. He latest novel is The Lebs.
Sarah Ayoub (Australian)
Sarah Ayoub is a freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, The Sun-Herald, ELLE, SBS, Marie-Claire, and the Sunday Telegraph. Sarah teaches journalism at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney, where she is currently researching the representations of culturally diverse female teens in Australian Young Adult literature. She is the author of Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee and is passionate about empowering young people to see the value in their own personal stories.