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Author Archives: Veronica Sullivan


What cannot be counted: reflections on the 2013 Stella Count

Today, the Stella Prize released the results of the 2013 Stella Count, which calculates the gender breakdown of authors reviewed in Australian newspapers. This year, as in previous years, the Count shows that Australian literary pages review female writers significantly less than they do male writers. But there are other insidious patterns … Read more »

Adventures in reality with Oliver Mol

One of Mol’s recent pieces contains the line: ‘I want to put my bare ass on the cover of my book because not only will it make good promo but it speaks honestly about who I am.’ Read more »

Sympathy for the devil: Helen Garner on This House of Grief

Helen Garner’s desire to identify and dissect the worst of human nature has always provoked passionate debate and, often, criticism. This same urge drives her new book, This House of Grief. Read more »

If all the writers in the world were starving pizza sellers, then where would we be?: An interview with Alexandra Neill

Alexandra Neill facilitated the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s Pay the Writers forums. She spoke with KYD’s Veronica Sullivan about the importance of recognising the value of writers’ time and work. Read more »

Taking risks without apology: An interview with Meanjin editor Zora Sanders

On the second ever Pitch, Bitch day, Meanjin editor Zora Sanders shares her observations on the ways men and women approach pitching and discusses the respective responsibilities of editors and writers to address gender disparities. Read more »

Amusements and Distractions

By popular demand, the return of Amusements and Distractions – our selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us this week. Read more »

Pushing past reluctance: An interview with Sophie Cunningham

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. We spoke to writer Sophie Cunningham about her extensive experience as a woman reading, writing and editing. Read more »

Pitch, Bitch: A new initiative for women writers

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. Founder Estelle Tang explains what Pitch, Bitch is, why it’s important, and how to get involved. Read more »

Boy, Lost and The Stella Prize: An Interview With Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson’s Boy, Lost tells the story of her half-brother, Peter, who was taken from their mother’s arms in infancy and not reunited with his maternal family for decades. Boy, Lost has been shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing. Olsson spoke with KYD about Boy, Lost, writing through trauma, and why The Stella Prize is unique. Read more »

Burial Rites and The Stella Prize: an interview with Hannah Kent

As we continue our weekly Kill Your Darlings Stella Shortlist Book Club, Hannah spoke with KYD Deputy Online Editor Veronica Sullivan about Burial Rites, the Stella Prize, and the importance of women’s only writing prizes. Read more »