In 2012, feminism became the literary world’s latest buzzword. The Stella Prize, Australia’s first prize to reward a woman writer for the best book of the year, was at the centre of the conversation. In 2013, the Stella Prize will be awarded for the first time. In the week of the announcement, join its founders and judges and the newly awarded Stella Prize winner for an evening of discussion and celebration.
With Sian Prior, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Aviva Tuffield, Ellen Koshland and the inaugural Stella Prize winner.
Kerryn Goldsworthy is a freelance writer and critic, and a former academic who lectured in literature at the University of Melbourne for 17 years.
A former editor of Australian Book Review and a member of the editorial team that produced The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009), she has edited four other anthologies of Australian writing and has published essays, articles, reviews, short stories and literary criticism – including a collection of short stories, North of the Moonlight Sonata, and a critical study of the work of Helen Garner. Her most recent book is Adelaide (2011) in the NewSouth ‘Cities’ series.
Kerryn was the Australian Book Review Ian Potter Foundation Fellow in 2013. In the same year, she won the Pascall Prize for cultural criticism, earning the title Australian Critic of the Year. She was the inaugural Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel (2013–2015) and won the 2017 Horne Prize for her essay ‘The Limit of the World’. She lives and works in her home town of Adelaide.
Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and creative writing teacher. She presents programmes on ABC Radio and writes a monthly column for Fairfax. Sian's essays have been published in Meanjin and her first book, Shy: A Memoir, was published by Text in 2014.
Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at Black Inc. and executive director of the Stella Prize. She has worked in publishing for almost twenty years, mainly as an editor. She was previously a publisher at Affirm Press and Associate Publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an Australian fiction list. Before that, she was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review.
Ellen Koshland is a Founding Donor of the Stella Prize and has been an active supporter of literature and education in Australia since her arrival from the USA in 1973.