The 2020 Stella Prize Winner in Conversation: Jess Hill
The Stella Prize was founded to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual $50,000 literary prize. Now in its eighth year, the prize has become a fixture of Australia’s literary culture – driving book sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of many fine local writers.
In a live-streamed event following the prize announcement, 2020 Stella judging panel chair Louise Swinn spoke with author and journalist Jess Hill – winner of this year’s award for her investigative work of nonfiction, See What You Made Me Do.
Together, they discuss the winning book, the challenges of reporting on domestic and partner violence in Australia, and the evolution of the Stella Prize.
Presented in partnership with The Stella Prize.
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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.
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.