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Women and critical writing

In order to support the aims of gender balance in Australia’s review pages, the Stella Prize Committee is funding three places for women at a workshop run by Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic of The Australian, at the Varuna Writers Centre.

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A season of Goodwill

Jason Steger reports on Stella’s fundraising efforts and goals.

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Wendy Harmer comes on board

“We buy the books; we teach the young ones to read; and we want to reward the women writers who enrich our lives by telling our stories.”

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Stats! And more stats!

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Literary women, literary prizes. Not often to be found in the same room.

“Despite our toshy narrowness women are everywhere in the book world and even on the bestseller lists.”

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Hoopla!

Tell us about the books you have loved, been inspired or challenged by.

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Kate Grenville on Stella

“But for the sake of all those women writers who come after this generation, and all the women readers too, let’s get the heavy machinery out and start levelling that playing-field.”

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Stella makes a stir at MWF

Read more in today’s Age.

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Podcast from Radio National’s Bookshow

Romana Koval interviews Sophie Cunningham about the prize and its aims.

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Jonathan Franzen supports Stella

Joanthan Franzen says he supports the idea of the Stella Prize, which is modelled on Britain’s Orange Prize, as “good affirmative action”.

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Stella in the New Yorker

in 2009 the the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Prize, Australia’s most prestigious literary award, was woman-free.

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Stella in The Guardian

A group of Australian women writers and publishers are working to set up an equivalent of the Orange prize in their country, to combat what they describe as “the systemic exclusion of women writers over several decades” from the country’s major literary awards.