Events

December 2018

2019 Stella Prize Longlist Party

Join us for a celebration of women’s writing, as we reflect on the stories and women that inspire and shape our world and announce the longlist of the 2019 Stella Prize.

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.

April 2018

10/5/18: Northcote High School Talkfest 2018 ‘Writing Violence’

Join 2014 Stella Prize-winner Clare Wright for Northcote High School's Talkfest with Helen Garner, Andy Griffiths, Sofie Laguna and Jock Serong.  

April 2018

23/4/18: Shokoofeh Azar @ Readings Hawthorn

Join us at Readings Hawthorn to hear from Shokoofeh Azar, author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize.

March 2018

28/4/18: Alexis Wright @ Montsalvat

Join us at Montsalvat for Alexis Wright in conversation with Morag Fraser about the collective memoir, Tracker.

December 2017

8/2/18: Stella Sparks Party and 2018 Stella Prize Longlist Announcement

Join us at the Melba Spiegeltent for a gala event celebrating Australian women writers, as we announce the 2018 Stella Prize longlist!

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.

June 2017

29/6/17: Art and Fiction – Heather Rose and Emily Bitto in Conversation [BOOKED OUT]

At this free event in Melbourne, join Stella Prize winners Heather Rose and Emily Bitto for a conversation about art, fiction and the role of creativity in everyday life.

June 2017

6/7/17: Heather Rose in conversation with Benjamin Law [BOOKED OUT]

2017 Stella Prize winner Heather Rose will discuss art, writing and creativity with Stella Prize judge Benjamin Law at this special Hobart event.

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.

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.

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.

February 2017

29/3/17: Five Years of the Stella Prize @ Avid Reader

Join us for a celebration of Australian women’s writing and the fifth year of the Stella Prize, with long and shortlisted Stella Prize authors and judges, past and present.

February 2017

19/4/17: Brilliant Careers: Five Years of the Stella Prize

Following the announcement of the Stella Prize, Sophie Cunningham will speak with chair of the 2017 judging panel Brenda Walker, this year’s winner, and other shortlisted authors.

February 2017

23/2/17: Provocations: No One Way To Be Asian In Australia

What is the danger in presenting a single story of a culture or group of people? How can we push back against cultural stereotypes and generalisations of what it means to grow up Asian in Australia? Featuring Rebecca Lim, Alice Pung and Leanne Hall, ‘No One Way to be Asian in Australia’ will address the need for diversity rather than tokenism if we are to truly understand the experiences of those around us.

February 2017

25/2/17: Body Language @ Perth Writers Festival

At this special schools event, writers Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Alison Whittaker and Holly Throsby will each present a piece of new writing that empowers women’s bodies.

January 2017

7/2/17: Stella Sparks Party and 2017 Stella Prize Longlist Announcement

Join us in Sydney for a gala event celebrating Australian women writers, as we announce the 2017 Stella Prize longlist!

October 2016

19/11/2016: Australian Women Writers Edit-A-Thon

To address the underrepresentation of women on Wikipedia, the Stella Prize and Hot Chicks with Big Brains are hosting an Australian Women Writers Edit-A-Thon.

October 2016

1/11/2016: My Brilliant Bookclub @ DWF

In partnership with the Digital Writers' Festival, the Stella Prize presents My Brilliant Bookclub, a chance to look more closely at Stella Miles Franklin's debut novel My Brilliant Career.

September 2016

25/09/16: Newtown Review of Books Stella Reviewing Masterclass

Newtown Review of Books is partnering with the Stella Prize to present a Reviewing Masterclass on 25 September 2016. If you’re an aspiring or emerging reviewer or blogger, this is a chance to develop and strengthen your skills.

July 2016

27/8/16: Winning Women @ MWF

Baileys Prize Winner Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) and 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) will join Stella's Executive Director Aviva Tuffield this year at the Melbourne Writers Festival in a conversation about literary prizes and the women who win them.

mudgee readers' festival
June 2016

13/8/16: The Stella Session @ Mudgee Readers’ Festival

Join 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood, and shortlisted authors Fiona Wright and Ellen van Neerven at Mudgee Readers’ Festival as...

June 2016

29/8/16: Stories for Everyone @ MWF Schools Program

Join Stella Schools Ambassadors Leanne Hall, Rebecca Lim and Stella Schools Program Coordinator, Bec Kavanagh, as they discuss identity and representation, and why diversity is important in the stories we read.

May 2016

19/5/16: Women writing place @ Tarneit Public Library

Join Stella Schools Ambassadors Simmone Howell and Ellie Marney, and Stella Schools Program Coordinator, Bec Kavanagh, as they discuss writing place, through the lens of being a female writer.

April 2016

5/5/16: Northcote High School’s Literary TalkFest

Northcote High School’s Literary TalkFest is back! Come and join award-winning author and NHS parent, Clare Wright, talk with 2015 Stella Prize winner, Emily Bitto; Steven Carroll and Christos Tsiolkas on the theme of Writing Men.

April 2016

21/4/16: Into Stella: A Constellation of Writing by Australian Women [BOOKED OUT]

Following the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Stella Prize in Sydney on 19 April, Stella executive director Aviva Tuffield and judge Alice Pung will be joined by this year’s winner and shortlisted authors.

April 2016

22/5/16: SWF in the Southern Highlands: Stella’s Book Club

Join Aviva Tuffield and Emily Maguire for a discussion about the significance and impact of the Stella Prize.

April 2016

22/5/16: Back to the Future: Women Writers Then and Now @ SWF

The Stella Prize presents a discussion celebrating the impact and legacy of women’s voices, and looks at the current state of women’s writing in Australia.

April 2016

9/6/16: Eye on the Stella Prize: Celebrating Australian women writers @ QVWC

Join the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for a celebration of Australian women’s writing and the Stella Prize. Featuring 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood, 2016 shortlistee Peggy Frew and 2016 longlistee Alice Robinson in conversation with writer and columnist Amy Gray.

April 2016

21/6/16: Stella @ EWF – Let’s Talk About Literary Awards

A panel of literary prize managers, including Stella co-founder and executive director, Aviva Tuffield, discusses literary awards: why are they important, how do you win one, what happens next, what do the judges really think, and are there too many?



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