In the wake of the Me Too movement, Virginia Trioli’s recently updated edition of Generation F speaks to the heart of sex, power and feminism today. Originally written as a response to The First Stone, Helen Garner’s polarising account of a Melbourne college master’s acquittal of sexual assault charges, Virginia’s book ignited a cultural firestorm upon its 1996 release. One of Australia’s most respected journalists, Virginia sits down with Bri Lee to revisit her compelling, celebrated and still unnervingly relevant defence of women.
Virginia Trioli (Australian)
Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with a wicked sense of humour. In 1995, she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting, and in 2001 Virginia won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former defence minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. Virginia has held senior positions at The Age and Bulletin Magazine. For eight years she hosted Drive on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Mornings program on ABC Radio Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs programs, 7.30 and Lateline, and also Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular host on Q+A and was the founding anchor of ABC News Breakfast on ABC TV, which she co-hosted for 11 years. She now presents the Mornings program on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Bri Lee (Australian)
Bri Lee is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her books are Eggshell Skull and Beauty, and her writing has appeared in The Monthly, Good Weekend, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Bri's legal research and advocacy around consent law saw her named a Financial Review "Woman of Influence" in 2019.