The Stella Interviews

March 2019

The Stella Interview: Maria Tumarkin on Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for Axiomatic. In this special Stella interview, Maria discusses the necessity of...

March 2019

The Stella Interview: Melissa Lucashenko on Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for her novel Too Much Lip. In this special Stella interview, Melissa...

March 2019

The Stella Interview: Vicki Laveau-Harvie on The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for her memoir The Erratics. In this special Stella interview, Vicki discusses...

March 2019

The Stella Interview: Jamie Marina Lau (劉劍冰) on Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau (劉劍冰) is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for her novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island. In...

March 2019

The Stella Interview: Enza Gandolfo on The Bridge

Enza Gandolfo is shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for her novel The Bridge. In this special Stella interview, Enza...

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

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

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.

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

The Stella Interview: Emily Maguire on An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire is shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize for her novel An Isolated Incident. In this special Stella interview, Emily discusses the crime genre, the ways we deal with (and fail to deal with) violence against women, and her favourite Australian women writers.

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

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

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.

July 2016

Randa Abdel-Fattah discusses When Michael Met Mina

Stella Schools Ambassador Randa Abdel-Fattah discusses her new YA novel, When Michael Met Mina.

May 2016

Stella Schools Interview: Steph Bowe

The Stella Prize chats to Schools Ambassador Steph Bowe, author of YA novels Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End.

May 2016

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.

April 2016

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.

April 2016

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.

April 2016

The Stella Interview: Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau is the author of 2016 Stella Prize shortlisted book, The World Without Us. We chatted to Mireille about her mentors,...

March 2016

The Stella Interview: Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower's collection of short stories, A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories is shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. We spoke to Elizabeth about literary villains, reasons for writing and her trusty Olympia typewriter.

March 2016

The Stella Interview: Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew's novel Hope Farm is shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. We asked Peggy a few questions about endings, inspiration and the writing process.

Tegan Bennett Daylight
March 2016

The Stella Interview: Tegan Bennett Daylight

The Stella Prize chats with Tegan Bennett Daylight, author of Six Bedrooms

November 2015

Stella Schools Interview: Leanne Hall

The Stella Prize chats with Schools Ambassador Leanne Hall, the award-winning author of This is Shyness and Queen of the Night.

October 2015

Stella Schools Interview: Nicole Hayes

The Stella Prize chats to Nicole Hayes, the author of The Whole of My World, a writing teacher and a Stella Prize Schools Program ambassador.

October 2015

Stella Schools Interview: Melissa Keil

The Stella Prize chats with Melissa Keil, the author of the Ampersand Prize winner Life in Outer Space and a Stella Prize Schools Program ambassador.

October 2015

Stella Schools Interview: Sarah Ayoub

The Stella Prize chats with Sarah Ayoub, who is a journalist, a Stella Schools Program ambassador, and the author of Hate Is Such a Strong Word.



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