Announcing The Stella Prize
On the 12 March 2015, The Stella Prize announced the six extraordinary books on the 2015 Stella Prize shortlist. From more than 150 entries, this year's Stella Prize judges – critic and writer Kerryn Goldsworthy (chair); journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum; writer and lecturer Tony Birch; singer–songwriter Sarah Blasko; and acclaimed author Melissa Lucashenko – selected a longlist of twelve books, which they have now narrowed down to a shortlist of six.
The 2015 Stella Prize shortlist:
- Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
- The Strays by Emily Bitto
- The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally
- The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
- The Golden Age by Joan London
- Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
Executive Director of the Stella Prize, Aviva Tuffield, says:
'We are thrilled with the strength and diversity of the 2015 Stella Prize shortlist. These six remarkable books explore themes of identity, family, displacement and belonging, with distinctly Australian resonances. Two of the books are debut works, which speaks to the talent of Australian women writers, even those just beginning their careers as authors. We are immensely grateful for the determination and rigour of our judging panel, who selected these six excellent, original and engaging books.'
The 2015 Stella Prize will be awarded in Melbourne on the evening of Tuesday 21 April.