The lack of political voice leads to disempowerment, disengagement and disadvantage. In this panel, authors Kirsty Eagar, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Alice Pung offer personal testimony on the politics that affect them. Their testimonies are followed by a panel discussion on the ways marginalised voices are silenced, hosted by Bec Kavanagh. These women are sure to challenge the way we think.

Presented with the Stella Schools Program.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Kirsty Eagar (Australian)

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Kirsty Eagar is an award-winning Young Adult author, economist and surfer. Her YA fiction has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Western Australia Premier’s Awards and the Gold Inky. Her novels include Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires, Night Beach and Summer Skin.

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

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Randa is the multi-award winning author of 11 books whose Young Adult and children’s works are published in over fifteen countries. Her debut novel Does My Head Look Big In This is currently being adapted as a feature film and her books have been adapted to the stage. Randa is also a postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University where she is undertaking a project comparing the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world.

Alice Pung (Australian)

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Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer whose latest book, On John Marsden, is a meditation on her biggest literary influence. She is the author of Laurinda, Her Father’s Daughter, and Unpolished Gem, and the Editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. She also wrote a children’s series, Our Australian Girl.

Bec Kavanagh (Australian)

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Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based freelance writer, reviewer and YA fiction specialist. Bec has appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, on ABC RN’s Books and Arts Daily and has judged a number of literary prizes, including for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her work has been published by Bookseller and Publisher, Australian Book Review, Killings, and a number of education publications. She has had fiction published by Seizure and the Review of Australian Fiction. Bec is currently the Manager of the Stella Schools Program and completing a Masters of Creative Writing at Melbourne University.