Creative women are often distinguished by their ability to write and work adeptly across multiple forms and modes, and innovating for different projects and audiences. Sofija Stefanovic, Ceridwen Dovey and Julie Koh talk to Jane Caro about their creative careers: from fiction writing, to memoir, to satire; from journalism, to opera composition, to live performance. The panellists will also explore the historical devaluation of women’s work, and how this may have affected expectations placed on creative women today.
Presented with the Stella Prize.
Julie Koh (Australian)
Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award, and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories in 2014 to 2017, and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She is the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.
Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)
Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was published around the world, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s prestigious ‘5 Under 35’ honours list. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their ‘artists to watch.’ Her collection of stories, Only the Animals, was described by The Guardian as a ‘dazzling, imagined history of humans’ relationship with animals’ and won the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in Australia in February 2018 and will be published in the U.S., U.K. and France later in 2018. Ceridwen also writes non-fiction for The Monthly and The New Yorker.
Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)
Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in New York. She is the author of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a funny and dark memoir about immigration and life as a perpetual fish out of water. Sofija hosts the popular literary salon Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Elle, among others.
Jane Caro (Australian)
Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. She has published eight books, and is currently working on Just Flesh & Blood, the third and final book in the Tudor trilogy. She regularly appears on Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She is currently working on a third documentary series with the ABC. She writes regular columns for Sunday Life, Leadership Matters and Daily Life.