The 2020 Stella Prize Announcement

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The Stella Prize celebrates the excellence of Australian women’s writing with an annual $50,000 prize. Now in its eighth year, the Stella Prize is a fixture of Australia’s literary culture – driving books sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of women writers.

Watch the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize – hosted by Patricia Karvelas and featuring guest speaker former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. We also hear from Louise Swinn, chair of the Stella judging panel, and from the 2020 winner herself, Jess Hill. 

Presented in partnership with The Stella Prize.

Who?

Portrait of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. 

Her memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014.

Portrait of Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago.

She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs programme RN Drive­ – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room. She also presents Afternoon Briefing on ABC news TV at 4pm every day.

Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.

Portrait of Jaclyn Booton

Jaclyn Booton

Jaclyn Booton is the Executive Director of the Stella Prize. She has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector, with a focus on the performing arts and literary events. She was previously the Senior Producer for Talks & Ideas at Sydney Opera House where she oversaw its two annual festivals: All About Women and Antidote.

Portrait of Jess Hill

Jess Hill

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for the Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy's top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.

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