Can you have your smashed avo on toast and eat it too? As they attempt to navigate a world beset by political instability, climate change and economic insecurity, it turns out the best-educated, most connected generation ever isn’t getting it all handed to them on a platter. Griffith Review co-editor Julianne Schultz talks to Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Brigid Delaney, Briohny Doyle and Jack Manning Bancroft about a system stacked against the younger generation.

Briohny Doyle (Australian)

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Briohny Doyle is a writer and academic, and an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Endeavour Fellowship for research based at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was nominated for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. Her debut novel, The Island Will Sink, was published to acclaim in 2016. Her first work of nonfiction, Adult Fantasy, is out in May and explores adulthood for a generation of millennials.

Brigid Delaney (Australian)

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Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for The Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of three books: Wellmania, This Restless Life and Wild Things.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)

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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.

Jack Manning Bancroft (Australian)

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Jack Manning Bancroft is the founder of AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. In recognition of AIME’s impact, in 2015 AIME was voted ninth in the BRW Best Places to Work list. Jack is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Stanford University, a board member of the Advertising Standards Bureau and the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled board. He is also a published children’s author.

Julianne Schultz (Australian)

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Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith Review, the award-winning literary and public affairs quarterly journal.