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We Start By Starting: Gender, Identity and Literature

2015 Stella Count Survey consultative committee member Jasmeet Sahi discusses power, gender, and the ways in which what we write and how that writing is received are impacted by aspects of our identity.

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Mothers In YA

In her latest Stella Schools Blog guest post, writer and reviewer Danielle Binks asks us to take another look at the role of mothers in YA.

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What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

In the lead-up to Girls Write Up, we asked some of our speakers to look back on their teenage years and share a piece of advice that they wish they could give to their 16-year-old selves.

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Sex in YA

In her latest Stella Schools Blog guest post, writer and reviewer Danielle Binks discusses sex and taboos in YA. How far have we come since the release of Judy Blume’s Forever in 1975?

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Judge the Publishing Industry by Its Covers

In her third Stella Schools Blog guest post, writer and reviewer Danielle Binks suggests that rather than judging a book by a gendered or misogynistic cover, it is the publishing industry that should be standing trial.

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Read a Blak Book lately? Clare Wright on Kate Howarth’s Ten Hail Marys

2014 Stella Prize-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright, discusses Kate Howarth’s Ten Hail Marys.

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Read a Blak Book lately? Carrie Tiffany on Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book

2013 Stella Prize-winning author of Mateship with Birds, Carrie Tiffany, discusses Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book.

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Read a Blak Book lately? Alice Pung on Anita Heiss’s Am I Black Enough For You?

To celebrate the first Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Blak & Bright, we asked writers to share a story about a Blak book that means something special to them. Today, Alice Pung discusses Anita Heiss’s Am I Black Enough For You?

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Why Dystopia is not a Trend

In her second Stella Schools Blog guest post about feminism and YA, Danielle Binks explains why the rise of dystopian fiction in both YA and adult fiction is not a passing fad.

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Gender-flipping and Twilight

Danielle Binks discusses gender-flipping in young adult literature and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.

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On diversity, intersectionality and the future

Ambelin Kwaymullina is the author of The Tribe series and a Stella Schools Ambassador. In this guest blog post she discusses gender and diversity in literature.

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Princess Politics

YA author and Stella Prize Schools Program ambassador Lili Wilkinson discusses teen chick lit and sexism, and highlights how this genre may be more that it appears.