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Cover Girls Uncovered
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do the covers of books by female authors say? Headless torsos, giant lips, 50 shades of pink and pastel … why are the covers of books by women usually feminine, even when the content is not?
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Managing Editor of Crikey, writing mainly on politics and the media. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at the Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including An Uncertain Grace, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
She has written and directed broadcast television documentaries and is the current Copyright Agency Ltd Non-fiction Fellow. The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen is her latest book.
Lefa Singleton Norton is a writer and activist in the fields of feminism and disability. She has been a creative producer at Express Media, an award-winning producer of live performances, and appeared at festivals including the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival and the Symposium on Emerging Media. You can find her writing in publications such as The Noobs, The Emerging Writer, SBS, the Big Issue and Green magazine.