Creative women are often distinguished by their ability to write and work adeptly across multiple forms and modes, and innovating for different projects and audiences. Sofija Stefanovic, Ceridwen Dovey and Julie Koh talk to Jane Caro about their creative careers: from fiction writing, to memoir, to satire; from journalism, to opera composition, to live performance. The panellists will also explore the historical devaluation of women’s work, and how this may have affected expectations placed on creative women today.
Presented with the Stella Prize.
Julie Koh (Australian)
Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents, and left a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities, which was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. Julie is also the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.
Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)
Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was published around the world, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s prestigious ‘5 Under 35’ honours list. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their ‘artists to watch.’ Her collection of stories, Only the Animals, was described by The Guardian as a ‘dazzling, imagined history of humans’ relationship with animals’ and won the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in Australia in February 2018 and will be published in the U.S., U.K. and France later in 2018. Ceridwen also writes non-fiction for The Monthly and The New Yorker.
Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)
Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer living in the United States. She hosts the literary salon Women of Letters New York. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between.
Jane Caro (Australian)
Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. She has published eight books, and is currently working on Just Flesh & Blood the third and final book in the Tudor trilogy. She regularly appears on Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She is currently working on a third documentary series with the ABC. She writes regular columns for Sunday Life, Leadership Matters and Daily Life.