A Celebration of Stella
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.
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 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 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 is a Goorie (Aboriginal) author of Bundjalung and European heritage. Her first novel was published in 1997 and since then her work has received acclaim in many literary awards. Killing Darcy won the Royal Blind Society Award and was shortlisted for an Aurealis award. Her sixth n... Read more
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