The Stella Prize Schools Program commenced in Term 3, 2014 with a pilot program in Victoria. To celebrate the launch of the Schools Program, the Stella Prize hosted an event at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Bec Kavanagh spoke with Tony Birch, Cate Kennedy and Leanne Hall about about gender bias in reading, writing and choosing literature for students to study – and how the Stella Prize Schools Program will work to change the status quo.

View the video of this event below, via The Wheeler Centre.

Nearly 70% of Victoria’s Year 12 English texts are by male authors. And Australian women writers are still underrepresented in many arenas. How will the next generation of women see writing as a career that’s equally for them? And what about the next generation of readers?

To change this culture and inspire students – boys and girls alike – the Stella Prize has developed its own schools program. There are school visits by notable Australian writers, educators and publishers; hands-on writing workshops; teaching notes on all Stella Prize shortlisted books; professional development sessions for educators, and more.

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Bec KavanaghCate KennedyLeanne HallSchools ProgramTony BirchWheeler Centre