News & Events

October 2018

Melbourne Girls Grammar reviews the 2018 Stella Prize longlist

What happens when a group of avid readers come together to share their views about fabulous books? The Stella Book...

August 2018

A note from Stella’s new Executive Director

A note from Stella's new Executive Director, Michelle Scott Tucker.

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.

May 2018

Advice to My Teenage Self – Melbourne

In the lead-up to Girls Write Up Melbourne, we asked some of the festival artists to tell us what advice they would give to their teenage selves.

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

Advice to My Teenage Self

In the lead-up to Girls Write Up Brisbane, we asked some of the festival artists to tell us what advice they would give to their teenage selves.

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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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!

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.

July 2017

Talking Back!

To complement Girls Write Up this year, the Stella Schools Program has introduced an online zine, Talking Back!

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.



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