Melissa Fagan

Melissa Fagan is the author of What Will Be Worn: a McWhirters story,for all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan it is also the starting point for this remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, and a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across decades.

Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Fagan discovers both what has been lost and continues to shine. Ultimately this tender exploration of self and family, so exquisitely written, speaks of the ways in which life so often surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives.

Melissa is a writer and editor based in Brisbane. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, Q Weekend, and others. She has taught and lectured in creative writing courses at the University of Queensland and QUT, and is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University and the University of Aberdeen.

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