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The 2021 Stella Prize winner in Conversation

In 2021, the Stella Prize longlist once again speaks to the ingenuity, varied perspectives and talent of Australian women writers. It spans short stories, personal essays, a novel in translation, and a novel for young adults; works that explore people and animals through the lens of fiction and non-fiction; and an extraordinary five of the twelve nominated books are by debut authors.

Established in 2012 to combat widespread gender bias in Australian literature, the Stella Prize elevates the writing of Australian women and non-binary writers with an annual $50,000 literary prize, and offers a dynamic snapshot of the richness and diversity Australian literature has to offer.

On Tuesday 27 April, join us for an in-depth conversation with 2021 Stella Prize judge Elizabeth McCarthy and the 2021 winner. Together, they’ll discuss the winning book and the impact the Stella Prize continues to have on the Australian literary landscape, in an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion not to be missed

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The bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

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Portrait of Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

 Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She produces the breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRR, and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. In 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and from 2013–2017 she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.

She regularly interviews writers at live events and public conversations for the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and more. She has previously worked as a music reviewer, and from 2002 – 2006 she was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.

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