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 which includes the multi-award winning Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. She has also written a fantasy trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles, as well as crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, which was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Her latest work is The Place on Dalhousie and the children's series What Zola Did on Monday. In 2020, the film adaptation of Looking For Alibrandi celebrated its 20th anniversary. It won the Australian Film Institute Award, an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Melina has also written for the award-winning TV series, Dance Academy. Melina's work has been translated into 18 languages and published in 20 countries.