The Stella Prize is a celebration of influence and inspiration. Hear the various ways Australian female writers see themselves as standing on each other’s shoulders and pulling each other up. Writers from different generations and communities share their experiences as both givers and recipients of the support, advice and wisdom shaping their craft and creativity. Chaired by Abigail Ulman, and featuring Hannah Kent, Sandra Phillips and the 2017 Stella Prize winner, Heather Rose.

Presented with the Stella Prize.

Supported by Macquarie University.

Hannah Kent (Australian)

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Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into 28 languages. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, the Stella Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah co-founded the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, where she is currently publishing director. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, was published in 2016.

Sandra Phillips (Australian)

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Sandra Phillips teaches publishing studies in QUT Creative Industries and is the chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Inc. (FNAWN). Sandra’s research areas are Indigenous Story and Indigenous digital communities of practice. Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng, Sandra was an editor with Magabala Books and UQP and the first Aboriginal manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.

Heather Rose (Australian)

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Heather is the author of seven novels including The Museum of Modern Love and White Heart. For children, Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks. Heather has been long-listed, shortlisted or won awards for literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy and children's literature and is published internationally. She is the recipient of a 2017 Australia Council grant.

Abigail Ulman (Australian)

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Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a winner of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Her story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published internationally in 2016.