Talks@Willoughby Online presents Claire G. Coleman - Lies, Damned Lies


In her non-fiction debut, Lies, Damned Lies, Coleman wields the truths unseen in Australia’s history to highlight the wrongs that underpin the very foundations of this nation. Coleman has long used her writing as a vehicle for truth-telling and Lies, Damned Lies is the ultimate exemplar of this. By layering her experiences against the realities of Australia’s past and present Coleman demonstrates the ongoing impacts of colonisation on the individual, and on Country, to devastating effect.   

‘I am furious about colonisation, that fury is perhaps all the qualification I need to write a book excoriating it’  

Coleman has laid bare the repercussions of genocide, dispossession, of pervasive misconceptions such as Terra Nullius, of stolen land, stolen culture, loss of heritage and so much more. She has exposed the stories the colony tells itself and the ongoing damage they inflict until nothing but the truth remains.   

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. She writes fiction, essays, poetry and art writing. Her novel, Terra Nullius, won the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and was listed for 8 awards including a shortlisting for The Stella Prize.  

Available now on Borrowbox and from all good booksellers such as the Constant Reader.

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  • Thursday, 14 October 2021 | 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM


Online event.