What would you say to your 13-year-old self? ‘Stick with STEM subjects’, ‘Don’t quit the bassoon’ or maybe, ‘Stop using bronzer, you look like a chicken nugget.’
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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).
Maureen Matthews grew up an English Vicar’s daughter. At 23, she was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and is now legally blind. In 1996, Maureen opened Bliss for Women, Melbourne’s only adult store and bookshop for women. Next year, bliss4women.com turns 20.
For a decade, Maureen has written for Melbourne's Sunday Age. In her popular column, About Last Night, Maureen responds to a wide range of questions about sex and relationships.
Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, the most recent of which is City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death & the Need for a Forest. She is a former publisher, former editor of Meanjin, former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was a co-founder of The Stella Prize. She is an Adjunct Professor with RMIT's Non/fiction lab.
Kylie Maslen is a writer and events producer from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. Her writing is focussed on sense of place and feminism, covering topics including literary criticism, food writing and her love of Australian Rules football. In her spare time she writes about what she’s been reading and what she’s been eating at book-plate.com