5 April, 2014
Planning for the first Batemans Bay Writers Festival, to be held on 7 and 8 June 2014 in the CoachHouse Marina Resort, is well under way ─ and with Stella implications. Author Clare Wright, who will speak at the Festival, has been short-listed for the Stella Prize for “excellent, original and engaging” books.
Wright’s book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is one of six books short-listed for the $50,000 prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.
Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media. “We are thrilled that Clare will be involved in the Festival and delighted that she has been short-listed for such a prestigious award,” said The Festival Events and Program Coordinator, Marion Roubos-Bennett. “It may be our first one, but it will be a great one, with a line-up of superb authors and writers, and this triumph for Clare Wright certainly adds to the ‘wow’ factor.”
Clare Wright will travel from Melbourne to join other talented authors at the Festival. Many of them are award-winners and all are enthusiastic about being involved.
“Clare’s session will be a great opportunity to hear about the thousands of women on the goldfields, many of whom were active in pivotal roles during the Eureka Stockade,” said Marion. Come along and share the experience as Clare also speaks about Beyond the Ladies Lounge, Australia’s Female Publicans during one of the panel sessions called The writing process.