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Peggy Frew's first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing.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 the bestselling author of Her Father’s Daughter, which won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards, and Unpolished Gem which won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award; and is also published in the UK, Germany, Indonesia and the US. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia.
Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at Black Inc. and executive director of the Stella Prize. She has worked in publishing for almost twenty years, mainly as an editor. She was previously a publisher 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.
Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction, and for three years edited The Writer’s Room Interviews magazine. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, was awarded the 2016 Stella Prize. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016.
Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels – The Children and The Natural Way of Things – have been optioned for feature films.
The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as ‘one of our most original and provocative writers.’