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March 12, 2019

Prizes and Awards

I Am Woman, Watch Me Write

The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist has been released today on International Women’s Day, revealing a remarkably diversified range of female voices.

The titles on the list serve as a response to the under-representation of female voices in society as well as within the literary landscape, each book exploring a host of unique ideas, ranging from identity and family, to disaster and trauma. Each shortlisted title is both incredibly timely and timeless in its insights and commentary on the world we live in today.

This year’s six extraordinary shortlisted books by Australian women are:

  • Little Gods by Jenny Ackland (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo (Scribe Publishing)
  • Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Brow Books)
  • The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (Fourth Estate)
  • Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
  • Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (Brow Books)

The Stella prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and champions cultural change. The winner, to be announced on the 9th of April in Melbourne, will receive a $50,000 prize.

To read more about the Stella Prize and the shortlisted books, visit the website

Festivals and Events

Yay – Soon We’ll Know!

The Sydney Writers’ Festival – Australia’s biggest celebration of writing and ideas – will be releasing its program this Thursday the 14th of March at 7pm. Be sure to follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to be first to hear the news. You can join the conversation using #sydneywritersfestival.

That’s it for the week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future bookish news bulletins. Happy reading!


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