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A Celebration of Stella

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The 2015 Stella Prize shortlist is a powerful showcase of the diversity and depth of Australian women’s writing. These six extraordinary books offer deft explorations of identity, family, displacement and belonging, with distinctly Australian resonances. Of the six, two are debut works — highlighting the immense talent of Australian women writers, even those merely beginning brilliant careers as authors.

Following the announcement of the 2015 Stella Prize on 21 April, judges Caroline Baum and Melissa Lucashenko will speak with shortlisted author Sofie Laguna and this year’s winner Emily Bitto — as well as other shortlisted authors — in celebration of the best of Australian women’s writing.

Hosted by Caroline Baum.

Featuring

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel, The Strays, was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction has a... Read more

Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna was born in Sydney and moved to a farm in the country when she was 12. Beginning her career as an actor, she turned to writing in her 30s. She has written for children and young adults (Bird and Sugar Boy, My Yellow Blankie, Too Loud Lily and Bad Buster). Her first adult novel, One... Read more

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum is a respected journalist and presenter.  She has worked for the BBC, ABC, Time Life Books, Vogue magazine (UK and Australia), was the founding editor of Good Reading magazine and the editorial director of Booktopia. Caroline has been a judge of the Stella Prize and the Ned Kelly ... Read more

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie writer whose work celebrates Aboriginal people and others living around the margins of the First World. Her latest novel, Too Much Lip, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance. Her novel Mullumbi... Read more

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The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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