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Friday, May 23 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Eleanor Catton, Tony Birch, Clare Wright, Aviva Tuffield (facilitator)
Do we judge books by women differently? Do we even ask different things of the writers themselves? Join Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, writer and 2014 Stella Prize judge Tony Birch and the newly awarded 2014 Stella Prize winner as they discuss how we value women’s contributions to literature. This session will be moderated by Stella Prize chair Aviva Tuffield.
* The recently announced winner of the 2014 Stella Prize is Clare Wright who will be joining this event.
Note: Venue is now Pier 2/3 Mainstage.
Change from printed program: Venue has changed to Pier 2/3 Main Stage.
Eleanor Catton (International)
Eleanor Catton’s second novel The Luminaries won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. At 28 she is the youngest person to win this prestigious prize. She was the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study for a year at the prestigious University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Eleanor went on to hold a position as adjunct professor of creative writing at the university, teaching creative writing and popular culture. Her first novel was The Rehearsal.
Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, the short story collection Father's Day, and most recently Blood, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, and won the Civic Choice award for the Melbourne Literary Prize in the same year. His most recent book is The Promise. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers' festivals. Tony teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at Affirm Press. She has worked in publishing for almost twenty years, mainly as an editor. She was previously Associate Publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an award-winning Australian fiction list. She is a founding member and Executive Director of the Stella Prize.
Clare Wright (Australia)
Clare Wright is an historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim. She researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentary Utopia Girls and has co-written a documentary series for ABC1, The War That Changed Us, to commemorate the centenary of WW1. Her second book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, took ten years to research and write and won the 2014 Stella Prize.