Today events around the country celebrate both IWD and Australian literature’s newest prize, The Stella Prize (named for Stella Miles Franklin, an Australian woman writer who bequeathed money for what became the Miles Franklin award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize).
Established just over a year ago in order to redress the imbalance of literary prizes awarded overwhelmingly to men — in particular the Miles Franklin Prize — and inspired by the UK’s Orange Prize, the Stella hopes to launch by next year or 2014.
Today one of the women on the committee, the talented Ms Kirsten Tranter, wrote a brilliant piece for Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre.
Please come along to our events, including the one in my home town of BrizVegas tonight at Avid Reader
Happy IWD to all!