News & Events

21 May 2018

12/6/18: Alexis Wright and Evelyn Araluen @ QVWC

Join 2018 Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright and writer and researcher Evelyn Araluen for a special conversation about the process of recording and crafting history that is both intimate and national.


26 April 2018

Advice to My Teenage Self

In the lead-up to Girls Write Up Brisbane, we asked some of the festival artists to tell us what advice they would give to their teenage selves.


3 April 2018

The Stella Interview: Alexis Wright on Tracker

Alexis Wright is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for Tracker, the collective memoir of Aboriginal leader and visionary Tracker Tilmouth. In this special Stella interview, Alexis shares insights into how the book came about, the importance of Tracker Tilmouth’s legacy and what she’s working on next.


3 April 2018

The Stella Interview: Mirandi Riwoe on The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. In this special Stella interview, Mirandi shares her favourite contemporary Australian female writers, and the background to – and inspiration for – her novella, The Fish Girl.


19 March 2018

The Stella Interview: Claire G. Coleman on Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her speculative fiction novel Terra Nullius. In this special Stella interview, Claire shares some thoughts about the process of writing and how the novel came to be.


17 November 2017

Read Up: Books to empower young people

Read Up is about reading towards empowerment. It is a map for young people aged 15–24 to help guide their thinking about things that matter: sexuality, relationships, gender, minds and bodies, and diverse cultures.


17 November 2017

Write Up

Write Up delivers specifically designed programs for small groups of young people who are currently outside of the traditional education system. These unique residential events seek to foster confidence and a sense of belonging, and to equip participants with the skills and self-belief to share their own stories.


20 July 2017

Talking Back!

To complement Girls Write Up this year, the Stella Schools Program has introduced an online zine, Talking Back!


20 July 2017

27/8/17: The Art of Life @ MWF [BOOKED OUT]

Why is art important to everyday life? At this Melbourne Writers Festival event, Elizabeth Kostova (The Shadow Land) and winner of the 2017 Stella Prize Heather Rose (The Museum of Modern Love) discuss the significance of art in their novels, as well as how the Balkan region informs their work.


23 May 2017

29/8/17: Take Three Girls

YA superstars Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood explore the magic of female friendships in their new collaboration, Take Three Girls.


10 May 2017

27/05/2017: Stella Sparks: Women Writers on Influence and Inspiration

Writers from different generations and communities share their experiences as both givers and recipients of the support, advice and wisdom shaping their craft and creativity. Chaired by Abigail Ulman, and featuring Hannah Kent, Sandra Phillips and the 2017 Stella Prize winner, Heather Rose.


2 May 2017

27/05/2017: Defying Expectations @ SWF

It’s hard to believe that award-winning authors J.C. Burke, Amie Kaufman and Mariko Tamaki still have to battle stereotypes in their books and their careers. Join these authors as they look at the future of women in YA literature.


17 April 2017

A Tribute to Cory Taylor and Dying: A Memoir

Cory Taylor’s Dying: A Memoir is shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize. It was written in the space of a few weeks before Cory’s death from cancer in July 2016. To honour her shortlisting and celebrate the book, Cory’s friend Kristina Olsson shares this reflection.