Two deep thinkers and fine writers turn their minds to contemporary Australia. In Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation, Claire G. Coleman gives us insight into the stark reality of the ongoing trauma of Australia’s violent colonisation. Julianne Schultz’s The Idea of Australia: A Search for the Soul of the Nation interrogates what defines us as a country. It tracks the contest between an imaginative and defensive country, and what we must do to become our best selves.
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Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman and writer of fiction, essays, poetry and art writing. Her debut novel, Terra Nullius, won the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and was listed for eight awards, including a shortlisting for the Stella Prize. Her latest book is Lies, Damned Lies.
Julianne Schultz AM is an author and was the founding editor of Griffith Review. She is a Professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council.