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Apr 30, 2014

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who's who were out in force at last night's awards ceremony.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

If you consider reading books to be a dream job, spare a thought for the five judges of the Stella book prize. Each of those judges had to read 160 books in six months — how did they survive? And are they now in some sort of print detox facility, throwing books on a pyre and gleefully lighting a match?

At last night’s ceremony to announce the winner, the ABC’s Annabel Crabb outed herself as being in a special category of judges. Under the Stella rules, the judging panel must comprise four people who are experts in the field of writing and a fifth, high-profile person not commonly known as a expert.

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  1. paddy

    [ In fact, it was one of the most positive literary events I’ve ever attended — the factionalism and politics of which usually resemble a night at the United Nations with Kevin Rudd.]
    Line of the day!
    Coffee everywhere.

  2. Margot Saville

    thanks Paddy! I can never tell if my (often ill-thought out) jokes hit their mark..
    cheers
    Margot

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