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The Stella Prize Lunch
Code: 92  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing Industry
Friday, May 18 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $85/$
Settlers Room - Waterfront Restaurant, 27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, Sydney Venue & Transport Info
Wendy Harmer, Sophie Cunningham, Anita Heiss, Tara Moss, Anna Krien, Anne Summers, Di Morrissey
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The Stella Prize joins forces with The Hoopla to celebrate Australian women’s writing. Join host Wendy Harmer and Tara Moss, Di Morrissey, Anne Summers, Anita Heiss, Anna Krien, Sophie Cunningham, and other leading women writers for a fun-filled lunch of literary laughs, trivia and conversation.

The Stella Prize is Australia’s first major literary prize for women’s writing, and will reward the best book by a woman writer each year, regardless of genre. It will celebrate and recognsze Australian women’s writing, encourage a future generation of women writers, and significantly increase the readership for books written by women.

Wendy Harmer (Australian)

Wendy Harmer has worked in stand-up, radio and television. She is the author of many books including four novels for adults - the latest being Friends Like These - and the bestselling Pearlie in the Park series for children, which have been made into an animated series and a stage musical. The sequel to her YA novel, I Lost My Mobile at The Mall, will be published this Christmas. She is the co-founder of the daily online magazine

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Sophie Cunningham (Australian)

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for 25 years. She is course director for the Faber Academy in Melbourne and is a founding board member of the Stella Prize. She is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, and the non-fiction, Melbourne. Her third novel (in progress), This Devastating Fever, is about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka. She's currently writing a non-fiction book on Cyclone Tracy and extreme weather.

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Tara Moss (Australian)

Tara Moss is a novelist, TV presenter and journalist. She is the author of seven bestselling novels: Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit, Siren, The Blood Countess and The Spider Goddess. She is published in 17 countries in 11 languages. Tara hosts the documentary TV series Tough Nuts: Australia's hardest criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, and the author-interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. She is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and patron for BFHI. Her next novel is Assassin.

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Anna Krien (Australian)

Anna Krien’s first book, Into the Woods, won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award. Her writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. She is the author of the Quarterly Essay, Us and Them: On the importance of animals.

Anne Summers (Australian)

Anne Summers is the author of Damned Whores and God's Police, Gamble for Power, Ducks on the Pond and The End of Equality, among other books. She edited the landmark American feminist magazine Ms. and Good Weekend and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and numerous other publications. She has been an advisor to prime ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, chaired the board of Greenpeace International, and been deputy president of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. She lives in Sydney. Her latest book is The Lost Mother.

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Di Morrissey (Australian)

Di Morrissey is one of the most successful writers Australia has ever produced. She is consistently at the top of the bestseller lists, with each book outselling the previous one. The Opal Desert, published in November 2011, marked 20 bestsellers in 20 years. All Di’s novels have been inspired by a particular landscape and have recently touched upon links between Australia and its South-East Asian neighbours. Her new novel is set in Burma.

Anita Heiss (Australian)

Dr Anita Heiss has published non-fiction, historical fiction, children's and commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day ambassador, patron of WEAVE and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation. She co-edited, with Peter Minter, The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and her most recent adult novels are Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. Her latest book is Am I Black Enough For You?. She lives in Sydney.

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