To mark 25 years of the classic Australian ‘coming of age’ novel, Looking for Alibrandi, our all-star panel lovingly recreates the central plot point when Josie Alibrandi makes a speech at Have a Say Day in Martin Place and meets Jacob Coote for the first time. Host Pia Miranda joins Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Mark Di Stefano, Gen Fricker, Brodie Lancaster and Rajith Savanadasa as they unleash their inner Josies and have their say.

Melina Marchetta (Australian)

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is the writer of ten novels, including Looking For Alibrandi and The Piper's Son which was longlisted for the Miles Franklin and The Prime MInister's Literary Award. Her latest, The Place on Dalhousie was released in 2019. She has also written for film and TV. Melina lives in Sydney.