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.
Rajith Savanadasa (Australian)
Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. His first novel Ruins was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Rajith also runs Open City Stories, an oral history project documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne. Rajith is currently working on a follow-up to Ruins as well as the next phase of Open City Stories.
Mark Di Stefano (Australian)
Mark Di Stefano is BuzzFeed's political editor. Mark regularly appears as a political commentator on the Channel 7's Sunrise, Channel 10's The Project and on both ABC and Sky News. In 2016, Mark was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Publish Awards.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of Yassmin’s Story.
Melina Marchetta (Australian)
Melina Marchetta is an award-winning author who has been published in over twenty countries. Melina has also written for film and television. In 2000 she adapted her classic novel, Looking For Alibrandi for film, and won a number of scriptwriting awards including an AFI and The NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Melina has also wrtten for the award-winning TV series, Dance Academy. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, is her first adult crime novel.
Genevieve Fricker (Australian)
Gen Fricker has quickly become one of the brightest young stars on the national comedy circuit, with her unique blend of sassy stand up and dark musical experimentation. Since making her comedy debut in 2011, as a national finalist in the Triple J Raw Comedy competition, Fricker has sold out seasons of solo shows at the Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals. Gen is heard every week day by listeners on Triple J after recently taking over as the station's lunchtime presenter.
Brodie Lancaster (Australian)
Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne-based editor and writer whose work explores pop culture, feminism and feelings. She is a managing editor at The Good Copy and the editor of Filmme Fatales, an independent publication exploring the places where film and feminism intersect. Her writing has been featured in Rookie, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, Jezebel, The Walkley Magazine and Junkee. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine, will be published by Hachette in July 2017.
Pia Miranda (Australian)
Pia Miranda is a critically acclaimed actor. Since bursting onto the big screen in the title role of the AFI award-winning and much loved film Looking For Alibrandi in 2000, she has worked extensively across Australian film, television and theatre. She is currently shooting Mustangs FC, a girl-skewed teenage drama series for the ABC.