Stella Prize Longlist 2016

It was standing room only in the Spiegeltent tonight, at the launch of the Stella Sparks campaign and the announcement of the 2016 Stella Prize longlist. Seven wonderful Australian writers (of fiction and non-fiction, prose and songs) each spoke to the assembled literati about Australian women writers that have inspired, provoked and moved them. Carrie Tiffany (Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds) opened proceedings with a funny and heartfelt story about discovering Elizabeth Jolley's Palomino as a teenager.  Tiffany borrowed it from the local library because the [...]

2018-03-27T20:30:27+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Newsflash: Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize is…

Emily Bitto, for her debut novel The Strays. Well.  That goes straight to the TBR pile then. Bitto collects $50,000 for her win - congratulations! I've heard nothing but praise for all the shortlisted books, so my sincere congratulations to all of this year's writers: Christine Kenneally, The Invisible History of the Human Race Sophie Laguna, The Eye of the Sheep Ellen Van Neervan, Heat and Light Maxine Beneba Clarke, Foreign Soil Joan London, The Golden Age For the background stories behind each shortlisted book, try this piece, from The [...]

2018-03-21T14:55:38+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Writing|0 Comments