HERE’S TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY
The highly-publicised Sydney gang rapes in 2000 were the inspiration behind this years’ ABC Fiction Award winning novel, Luck in The Greater West.
It was [Damian] McDonald’s time in Sydney’s underground music scene, living in housing commission flats and socialising with a few unsavoury characters that helped shape his first work.
“When I was at uni I was knocking about with these guys who had come from the Middle East, it was before the gang rapes hit the papers, and one night we were out and they pretty much suggested we do that,” McDonald said, referring to the violent sexual attacks by a group of now-jailed Muslim Lebanese men on young women in 2000.
McDonald, now 37, was a late enrolee at university. He’s likely discussing a night out that took place a few years prior to 2000. Read on, and prepare to be revolted:
“It never transpired, and of course, I found the whole suggestion totally abhorrent, but I thought it was definitely something I could write about,” he said.
“When that whole thing was all over the papers, I thought, these guys have a unique voice that represents a real diversity in values and cultures around us.”
(Via Paul W.) McDonald has won $10,000 for this celebration of diversity. ABC Books (funded by you) will publish Luck in The Greater West later this year.
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