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For Her

Emerging writer Sanna Wei responds to the provocation ‘No One Way To Be Asian In Australia’ with a story of family, love and hard choices.


The Stella Interview: Maxine Beneba Clarke on The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke is shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize for her memoir The Hate Race. In this special Stella interview, Maxine shares some thoughts about the process of memoir-writing, the pull of the poetic form, and what it’s really like to write while female.


I’m Not Like You

Comics artist and illustrator Rachel Ang responds to the provocation “No One Way To Be Asian In Australia” with a comic about racism, relationships and awakenings.


A Tribute to Georgia Blain and Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain‘s final novel, Between a Wolf and a Dog, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize. To honour her shortlisting and celebrate the novel, Georgia’s friend and fellow writer Tegan Bennett Daylight shares a reflection.


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.


Pushback: Further Reading and Resources

Our Pushback blog series offers a space for alternative voices that reject bigotry, fear and Islamophobia in Australia. Now, we’ve compiled a list of resources and further reading to encourage deeper consideration and greater understanding of the complex intersections between faith, identity and feminism.


Unsettling Freedom

In the final instalment of our blog series Pushback: Writers Respond to Bigotry, Hannah Donnelly unpacks the denial of colonialism in Australian culture and explores pathways to meaningful solidarity.


Writing the Wrongs of Stereotypes

In the latest instalment of our blog series Pushback: Writers Respond to Bigotry, Stella Schools Ambassador Sarah Ayoub argues that our ability to see one another clearly is restricted by stereotypes – and that Australian young adult fiction is fighting back, providing more diverse stories for a new generation.


Someone Else’s Shoes

As part of our blog series Pushback: Writers Respond to Bigotry, Demet Divaroren argues that storytelling is an exploration of what makes us human, and that words have the capacity to shatter stereotypes.


Mothers In YA

In her latest Stella Schools Blog guest post, writer and reviewer Danielle Binks asks us to take another look at the role of mothers in YA.


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.


Stella Schools Interview: Zoya Patel

The Stella Prize chats with Schools Ambassador Zoya Patel, the founder/editor of online feminist journal Feminartsy, and the former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine.


Sex in YA

In her latest Stella Schools Blog guest post, writer and reviewer Danielle Binks discusses sex and taboos in YA. How far have we come since the release of Judy Blume’s Forever in 1975?


The Stella Interview: Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is the author of 2016 Stella Prize shortlisted book, Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger. We spoke to Fiona about writing fellowships, her favourite cafés and the people who inspire and influence her.


ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize

The ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize-winning story, ‘7 letters, starts with F’ was published on the Noted website and the Canberra Times, and we’re thrilled to publish it, with permission, here.


The Stella Interview: Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the the author of 2016 Stella Prize shortlisted book, The Natural Way of Things. We chatted to Charlotte about the writing process and the real life inspiration behind her book.




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