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Melanie Cheng Melanie Cheng i(6847988 works by)
Born: Established: Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Chinese
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Author and general practitioner.

Born in Adelaide, Cheng lived in Hong Kong from 1986 until 1998, when she returned to Australia for university. As of 2018, she was based in Melbourne.

In 2017, Cheng published her first book, Australia Day, a collection of short stories. It won two Victorian Premier's Awards: the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016 and the Prize for Fiction in 2018. Her previous short fiction has been shortlisted for awards including the Hal Porter Short Story Competition and the Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Australia Day 2017 selected work short story

'Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes abut are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common—no matter where they come from—is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal 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.' (Introduction)

2018 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2018 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2017 shortlisted The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
2016 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer
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