Gabriel Stroud In Conversation with Nikki Gemmell

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Conference Room
National Library of Australia

This is a powerful and moving memoir about how the current education system is letting down children and parents and breaking dedicated teachers. Gabby’s brilliant and heart-breaking memoir will enrage at the same time that it shines a light on what is going wrong with our school system. Gabby shines a light on the heart of a vital matter of national importance. In conversation with best-selling author Nikki Gemmell.

In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the Naplan-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. Her ground-breaking essay 'Teaching Australia' in the Feb 2016  Griffith Review  outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break - that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers. Now a freelance writer, her debut novel,  Measuring Up, was published by Scribe in 2009. Teacher is her second novel.

Nikki  Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac“.  The French literary magazine  Lire  ha s included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. Gemmell pens a weekly column for  The Australian  newspaper. She also writes novels for children. Four books by Gemmell,  Shiver,  Cleave,  The Bride Stripped Bare  and  The Book of Rapture, made the longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the  Australian Book Review.