In 2016, the State Library of NSW presented the inaugural Mona Brand Award (recognising outstanding Australian female writers for the stage or screen) to Joanna Murray-Smith. The award was at the behest of author, playwright and poet Mona Brand who championed the role of women’s voices on stage and screen. Join Tracey Spicer and a panel of female stage and screen writers including Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachael Coopes and Jada Alberts as they discuss their experiences, inspirations and the reality of being a writer today.

Presented with the State Library of NSW.

Rachael Coopes (Australian)

Rachael Coopes is a writer for television and theatre whose work includes SBSÕs Life Support, ABCÕs Play School, and Drop Dead Weird. Her theatre work has been performed internationally. In 2016 her play Sugarland (with Wayne Blair) won the Sydney Theatre Award-Best Production for Young People and the Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production. This year Rachael has been nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Theatre Writing. She is currently working on a play based on Les Darcy.

Jada Alberts (Australian)

Jada Alberts is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wadaman and Yanuwa performer from the Top End of Australia. In 2007 Jada won the Adelaide CriticsÕ Circle Award for Best Emerging Artist. Jada has appeared extensively on stage and screen. In 2013 she won the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwrights Award. In 2015 she was nominated for numerous awards for BrotherÕs Wreck. In 2016 Jada won the Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers Emerging Writers.

Tracey Spicer (Australian)

Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer is an author, broadcaster and co-founder of Outspoken Women. Her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has been seen by more than 4 million people, and her memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare is a best-seller. Tracey is spearheading the #metoo investigation in Australia.