A Stellar Book Club

A Bookclub making it’s way through the shortlist for the Stella Prize and beyond.

3rd Sunday of the month at 11am – 1pm

Mezzanine Level, Harry Hartog Bookstore on the ANU Campus, Acton 2601 ACT

The first Book Club meet up kicks off Sunday June 16, at 11am on the Mezzanine level of the Harry Hartog Bookshop (ANU Campus, ACTON). We are starting with 2024 Stella Prize winner, Alexis Wright’s Praiseworthy. Follow us on instagram for updates @astellarbookclub

About the Stella

Stella is a major voice for gender equality and cultural change in Australian literature.

Founded in 2012, the organisation’s flagship program is the annual Stella Prize – a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.
Stella also delivers a suite of year-round initiatives which actively champion Australian women writers, tackle gender bias in the literary sector, and connect outstanding books with readers.

Our Purpose

Through a series of strategic initiatives, Stella strives to promote books by Australian women and non-binary writers, support greater participation in the world of literature, and create a more equitable and vibrant national culture.

Supporting women writers

Growing readership for women writers

Women writers make an invaluable contribution to Australian literature and cultural life. Through our public events and digital platforms, Stella raises the profile of women writers, drives significant book sales, and connects them to an ever-growing community of readers.

At Stella, we know women need two precious resources to write: time and space. Each year, Stella awards significant funds directly to women writers through the Stella Prize, which can literally buy them time to write their next book – as well as writing residencies that offer a much-needed break from daily life to dedicate to creative projects.

To read our statement on gender please click here.

Driving systemic change

Stella recognises that high-quality research is critical to tackling gender bias and promoting positive change. Our data-driven initiatives – including our long-running Stella Count – collect, analyse, and distribute research on gender bias in the Australian literary sector in order to inform, and ultimately, shift approaches towards equal representation in the arts.

Increasing access to and participation in literature

We believe storytelling and reading are essential tools by which to understand ourselves, foster connections with others, and learn about the world around us. Through Stella’s work with teens and teachers, we seek to engage and inspire the next generation of readers and writers, and create lasting pathways to participation in the world of literature.

From the Stella Website