2019 Colin Roderick Memorial Lecture
How we keep our pens mighty: Writing against power
Bri Lee, the author of the fierce and eloquent memoir Eggshell Skull, will speak about the power and importance of writing in shaping modern Australia.Her book and advocacy exposed and challenged the criminal justice system, and she discusses this alongside what is needed to keep pens mightier than swords.
Lee is a freelance writer whose writing on legal, social, and cultural issues has been published in The Monthly, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, and elsewhere. She uses her legal qualifications to advocate for criminal law and procedural reform. Eggshell Skull was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards in two categories, shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in non-fiction, winning the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and also won the 2018 People’s Choice at the Nib Awards for research in writing.