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Brilliant Careers: Five Years of the Stella Prize


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Now in its fifth year, the Stella Prize is an award associated with some of Australia’s best writers. Past winners include Carrie Tiffany and Charlotte Wood, and shortlists over the years have included Hannah Kent, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ellen Van Neerven – each a testament to the range and depth of talent in women’s writing in Australia. The Stella is not just a literary award but a community in which women’s literary talent is fostered and celebrated.

Following the announcement of the Stella Prize on 18 April, Sophie Cunningham will be joined by this year’s winner, Heather Rose, shortlisted author Emily Maguire and Brenda Walker, author and chair of the 2017 judging panel. Come for a discussion of books and brilliant careers.

Presented in partnership with the Stella Prize.


Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a non-fiction writer and novelist with a passion for trees, walking and broader environmental issues. Sophie’s most recent books are This Devastating Fever (Ultimo Press) and Flipper and Finnegan – The True Story of How Tiny Jumpers Saved Little Penguins (Albert Street Books... Read more

Brenda Walker

Brenda Walker is a novelist and Professor of English at the University of Western Australia. Brenda Walker is the author of the novels Crush, One More River, Poe’s Cat and The Wing of Night. The latter won the 2006 Nita B Kibble Award and the 2007 Asher Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the ... Read more

Heather Rose

The Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose’s seventh book, and the winner of the 2017 Stella Prize. Her work spans adult literary fiction, children’s literature, fantasy/sci-fi and crime. Her previous novels include White Heart, The Butterfly Man and The River Wife. She is co-... Read more

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of the novels Taming the Beast, an international bestseller and finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Kathleen Mitchell Award, The Gospel According to Luke, Smoke in the Room, Fishing for Tigers and An Isolated Incident. She is a Stella Scho... Read more


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