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The 2021 Stella Prize winner in conversation: Evie Wyld
'In the year that we've just had, where women's work is so marginalised, with housework and child care and everything, this felt like an incredible year to win... This has been the win of my career so far.'
In this episode of the Wheeler Centre podcast, listen to an in-depth conversation between 2021 Stella Prize winner Evie Wyld and 2021 Stella Prize judge Elizabeth McCarthy. Following the Prize announcement in April, Wyld joined us from her home in the UK to discuss The Bass Rock’s gothic tale of toxic masculinity, and the impact the Stella Prize continues to have on the Australian literary landscape.
Established in 2012 to combat widespread gender bias in Australian literature, the Stella Prize elevates the writing of Australian women and non-binary writers with an annual $50,000 literary prize, and offers a dynamic snapshot of the richness and diversity Australian literature has to offer.
Content warning: This conversation includes discussion of abuse, sexual assault and self-harm.
Presented in partnership with The Stella Prize
The bookseller for this event was Neighbourhood Books
Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and the UK. She is part owner of Review, a small independent bookshop in London. Her first novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 she was listed as one of the Culture Show’s Best New British Novelists. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2013 she was listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Evie’s second novel, All The Birds, Singing, was published in 2013. It was longlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She is the winner of the 2013 Encore Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and the 2014 Miles Franklin Award. Her graphic novel with illustrator Joe Sumner, Everything Is Teeth, was published in 2015. Her third novel, The Bass Rock, was published in 2020 and won the 2021 Stella Prize.
Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She produces the breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRR, and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. In 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and from 2013–2017 she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.
She regularly interviews writers at live events and public conversations for the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and more. She has previously worked as a music reviewer, and from 2002 – 2006 she was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.