The 2015 Stella Prize Winner at the Clunes Booktown Festival

The 2015 Stella Prize Winner at the Clunes Booktown Festival

Following the announcement of the 2015 Stella Prize, the Wheeler Centre presents a special event at the Clunes Booktown Festival.

Helen Trinca was the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for her book Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John, in which she explores the troubled life of the first Australian woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Helen speaks with 2015 Stella Prize winner Emily Bitto (The Strays) about books, writing, prizes — and life after the awards ceremony is over.

 

Who?

Portrait of Helen Trinca

Helen Trinca

Helen Trinca is the author of Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John, which explored the troubled life of the first Australian woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. She has co-written two previous books: Waterfront: The Battle that Changed Australia and Better than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work

Portrait of Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto has a Masters in Literature and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was published by Affirm Press in 2014. It was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize.