The Stella Prize Goes to School
Nearly 70% of Victoria’s Year 12 English texts are by male authors. And Australian women writers are still underrepresented in many arenas. How will the next generation of women see writing as a career that’s equally for them? And what about the next generation of readers?
To change this culture and inspire students – boys and girls alike – the Stella Prize has developed its own schools program. There are school visits by notable Australian writers, educators and publishers; hands-on writing workshops; teaching notes on all Stella Prize shortlisted books; professional development sessions for educators, and more.
Join Cate Kennedy, Tony Birch, Leanne Hall, and Bec Kavanagh for the launch, where they talk about gender bias in reading, writing and choosing literature for students to study.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and The Stella Prize.
Bec Kavanagh is Schools Programmer at the Wheeler Centre.
She is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely.
Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.
In 2017 Tony was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist.
Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children's fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the 2009 Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.