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2021 Stella Prize winner announced

2021 Stella Prize winner announced

The winner of the 2021 Stella Prize has been announced, celebrating the best in Australian women's writing since 2012.

Australian-born, UK based writer Evie Wyld took out the top prize for her third novel The Bass Rock (Penguin), which was described by Stella judge as a 'consuming and perplexing book' and a 'true work of art'.

The Bass Rock is the story of three women across four centuries who find their lives and choices ruled by men in various way, but find strength and survival in sisterhood.

In her four-and-a-half-star review, gr reviewer Melinda Woledge said of The Bass Rock, 'This modern Gothic novel is intricately crafted, leaping across time nad generations and weaving together the separate narratives into a satisfying conclusion. The novel simmers with anger at theviolence women endure but there are notes of hope. It is haunting and riveting and I couldn't put it down.'

 In her acceptance speech, author Evie Wyld said, 'To be in the company of writers as talented as the shortlist, and the longlist, has been a massive privilege and there is a huge amount to be learnt from their books, as well as a huge amount of enjoyment to be had... This prize continues to say loudly that the work of women and non-binary writers matter. And for that I am extremely grateful.'

You can catch up on last night's broadcast here, and get free tickets to watch Evie Wyld in coversation for the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Wheeler Centre next week.