The Stella Prize Goes to School

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.

Who?

Portrait of Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh 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.

Portrait of Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy

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.

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White GirlGhost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Portrait of Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall

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.

Leanne Hall is an award-winning author of young adult and children's fiction, including This Is Shyness and Iris and the Tiger. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her latest work is the YA novel, The Gaps. You can find her at www.thelongblinks.com.

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