Bri Lee


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Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer.
She is also an editor, speaker, academic, and photographer who is qualified to practice law (but doesn't).

Bri Lee is a writer and editor whose work has been published in The Monthly, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, The GuardianGriffith Review, i-DVAULT Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She regularly appears on The Drum on ABC TV, various ABC Radio National programs, and often gives talks on writing, law, feminism, fashion, pop culture, and art. As the Founding Editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Bri commissioned and published diverse non-fiction about women and their work from 2015 to 2018.

Her first book, Eggshell Skull, was published by Allen & Unwin in June 2018. It was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in non-fiction, winning the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and also won the 2018 People’s Choice at the Nib Awards for research in writing.

In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review's Queensland writing fellows. In 2018 Bri received a Commonwealth Government of Australia scholarship and stipend to work on her second book at the University of Queensland. For this work she also received a Lord Mayor's Emerging Artist Fellowship to spend 4-6 weeks in New York City in early 2019. She has received numerous other fellowships, residencies, and mentorships. Most recently the 2018 Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.



Praise for Eggshell Skull

'Scorching, self-scouring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to wield it'
- Helen Garner

'Bri Lee’s story of standing up for herself and braving a biased, underfunded, incompetent legal system to demand justice is beautifully written, tender and powerful. Accompanying Lee through her transformation from a frightened girl into a blazingly formidable adult - whose courage comes from her determination to stand up for all women – was moving, gut-churning, and ultimately triumphant.' 
- Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of Things

'Eggshell Skull is not an easy read. But it's an important reflection of the reality we live in. If you struggle to understand what rape culture is, this book will give you a clarity that might shock you.'
- Clementine Ford

'Lee’s story has the addictive quality of any car crash in slow motion. She has a talent for making the often dreary practice of law seem electric with weirdness and ­submerged drama, and a particular flair for the one-liner. We should feel gratitude and optimism that women of talent and intelligence are writing brave, self-aware, excoriating books such as these.'
- The Australian (Geordie Williamson)

'Brutal, brave and utterly compelling . . . I can't remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly' 
- Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings

'Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful'
- Liam Pieper, author of The Toymaker

'Sensitive and clear-eyed'
- Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped

'A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down'
- Krissy Kneen, author of An Uncertain Grace


Bri Lee was the Founding Editor of Hot Chicks with Big Brains - the quarterly print publication all about women and work. Visit the website here.