Into Stella: A Constellation of Writing by Australian Women
In only its fourth year, it’s already impossible to imagine Australia’s literary landscape without the Stella Prize. The prize, named after My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, celebrates the best writing by Australian women authors each year.
The six shortlisted books for 2016 showcase the depth of talent in Australian women’s writing. This year’s shortlist contained two collections of short fiction, three novels and a collection of personal essays. These works embrace themes ranging from hunger to community to sex to cancer to corporate control.
Following the announcement of Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things as the winner of the 2016 Stella Prize in Sydney on 19 April, Stella executive director Aviva Tuffield and judge Alice Pung was joined by Wood, and by shortlisted author Peggy Frew. Join us for a vibrant celebration of the best of Australian women’s writing.
Peggy Frew's first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing. Hope Farm, her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis Award, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.
Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Her books include Close to Home, On John Marsden, the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the novel Laurinda. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.
Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at University of Queensland Press. She has worked in publishing for almost 20 years, mainly as an editor. She was previously a publisher at Black Inc., at Affirm Press, and associate publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an Australian fiction list.
Before that, she was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review. She was the co-founder and inaugural executive director of the Stella Prize.
Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her most recent novel is The Weekend (2019). Her bestselling novel, The Natural Way of Things, won multiple awards including the 2016 Stella Prize.