Stella News

July 2018

Stella announces new Executive Director

The Stella Prize is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Michelle Scott Tucker.

June 2018

Tilting Away From The Male: Susan Johnson on the 2017 Stella Count

With the sixth annual Stella Count released, author Susan Johnson examines why gender bias in book reviewing matters, and how the Stella Prize and its offshoot the Stella Count have changed Australia’s literary landscape.

April 2018

22/5/18: A Stella Evening @ Eltham Library

Join Alexis Wright, Claire G. Coleman and Shokoofeh Azar at Eltham Library to celebrate their powerful books and the 2018 Stella Prize.

April 2018

2018 Stella Prize Award Night: Chair of Judges Fiona Stager announces the winner

Read the full speech given by Chair of Judges Fiona Stager at 2018 Stella Prize Award Night, announcing the winner.

April 2018

Alexis Wright’s 2018 Stella Prize acceptance speech

Read the full transcript of Alexis Wright's beautiful acceptance speech upon winning the 2018 Stella Prize.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 2018

The Stella Interview: Michelle de Kretser on The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. In this special Stella interview, Michelle shares her favourite past Australian female writers and what inspired The Life to Come.

March 2018

The Stella Interview: Krissy Kneen on An Uncertain Grace

In this special Stella interview, Krissy shares what inspired her writing, the future possibilities of technology for driving empathy and understanding, and the Australian women writers who spur her on.

March 2018

The Stella Interview: Shokoofeh Azar on The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shokoofeh Azar is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree. In this special Stella interview, Shokoofeh shares the experiences that informed the novel, the writers that inspire her work and what how writing is a means of resistance. 

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.

February 2018

Stella Executive Director to step down – May 2018

The Stella Prize is sad to announce that Executive Director Aviva Tuffield will be moving on from Stella after the 2018 cycle is completed, in May this year.

February 2018

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February 2018

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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.

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.

May 2017

15 & 16/9/2017: The Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival

The Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival showcases the rich diversity of genres in which contemporary Australian women writers explore issues of personal, social and political concern.

April 2017

Dr Susan Carland’s 2017 Stella Prize Award Night speech

Read Dr Susan Carland's inspiring keynote speech at the 2017 Stella Prize Award Night, held at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on the evening of 18 April.

April 2017

2017 Stella Prize Award Night: Chair of Judges Brenda Walker announces the winner

Read the full speech given by Chair of Judges Brenda Walker at 2017 Stella Prize Award Night, announcing the winner.

April 2017

Heather Rose’s Stella Prize acceptance speech

Read the full transcript of Heather Rose's beautiful acceptance speech upon winning the 2017 Stella Prize.

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.

April 2017

The Stella Interview: Heather Rose on The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose is shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. In this special Stella interview, Heather discusses the murky line between fact and fiction, the power of art, and what it feels like when a character in your book gives you feedback.

April 2017

Good Asian / Bad Asian

Writer Shu-Ling Chua reflects on sex, rules, and respect in her response to the provocation No One Way To Be Asian in Australia.

March 2017

The Stella Interview: Catherine de Saint Phalle on Poum and Alexandre

Catherine de Saint Phalle is shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize for her memoir of her parents, Poum and Alexandre. In this special Stella interview, Catherine discusses shifting from writing fiction to nonfiction, being mentored by books, and the differences (and similarities) between French and Australian literary culture.

March 2017

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.

March 2017

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.

March 2017

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.

March 2017

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.



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