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.

Tracey Spicer (Australian)

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Tracey Spicer is the author of the frank and funny 'femoir', The Good Girl Stripped Bare. Over the past 30 years, the award-winning journalist has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs on Network Ten, Sky News, and ABC TV. She's also brought her sassy style to radio shows on 702 ABC Sydney and 2UE. The 49-year-old is a weekly columnist for Fairfax Media, TV presentation trainer at AFTRS, and co-founder of Women in Media, a national mentoring and networking initiative. Her TEDx Talk has been seen by almost 1.5 million people.