Books and Ideas at Montalto
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Bri Lee’s Eggshell Skull is about our justice system; its deep-rooted tenets and its disastrous shortcomings.
The book is Lee’s first-person account of her year as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland, during which she watched endless cases of sexual assault and child abuse. Herself a survivor of childhood sexual assault, Lee was ultimately moved to bring her own case to court as a complainant. Her own journey through the justice system called for tremendous reserves of resilience and courage.
Praised by Helen Garner and Clementine Ford, Eggshell Skull is a meditation on power, abuse and institutional bias. It’s a clear-eyed examination of the toll our justice system takes on women and all survivors of abuse.
At Montalto, she joins Elizabeth McCarthy for a talk about power, justice and survival.
Note: This event includes discussion of sexual assault.
Books and Ideas at Montalto series sound design and music: Jon Tjhia.
Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer whose journalism has been published in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, Crikey, and elsewhere. Bri's first book, Eggshell Skull, won numerous awards including the ABIA Biography of the Year and the People's Choice at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and also made several other listings including the longlist for The Stella Prize and the shortlist at the Indie Book Awards. Her second book is an essay titled Beauty.
Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She produces the breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRR, and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. In 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and from 2013–2017 she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.
She regularly interviews writers at live events and public conversations for the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and more. She has previously worked as a music reviewer, and from 2002 – 2006 she was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.