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The 2021 Stella Prize winner in Conversation


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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.

Join us for an in-depth conversation with 2021 Stella Prize judge Elizabeth McCarthy and Evie Wyld – announced on 23 April as the winner of this year’s award for her novel The Bass Rock. Wyld will appear via video-link from her home in the UK to discuss her gothic tale of toxic masculinity, and the impact the Stella Prize continues to have on the Australian literary landscape.

Presented in partnership with The Stella Prize

The bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

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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 F... Read more

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and the UK. She is part owner of Review, a small independent bookshop in London. Her first novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 she was listed as one of the Culture Show’s Best New British No... Read more


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