This year, PEN Melbourne’s annual International Women’s Day event features a conversation with the bestselling author Alice Pung, the celebrated author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia.
Alice will talk about south-east Asian women’s rights in a developing and developed world, drawing on her Chinese-Cambodian family background. She’ll also talk about women’s rights in south-east Asia, in the context of her extensive experience working with refugee school-aged girls – and her personal link to Burma through a pen-pal relationship of over 12 years.
Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series (2015). Her latest book is the novel One Hundred Days (2021).