Event Melanie Saward: Little Stories

Melanie Saward: Little Stories


25 November 2023

Hear author Melanie Saward (Bigambul, Wakka Wakka) present a new story written in response to our current exhibition, Rainbow Serpent (Version).

Saward’s debut novel, Burn, was published to critical acclaim in 2023, and her second novel, Love Unleashed, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2024. Her writing has been published in Griffith Review, Meanjin, and Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now alongside leading Aboriginal writers, and shortlisted for numerous awards.



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Guest Info
  • Melanie Saward (Bigambul, Wakka Wakka) is a writer, editor, and academic based in Tulmur/Ipswich. Her debut novel Burn (2023) was published by Affirm Press and her she has been published in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now, and New Australian Fiction. In 2024, her first romantic comedy novel, Love Unleashed, will be published by Penguin Random House.

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09 Sep–16 Dec 2023

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