Stella Count returns and free books initiative launches

Gender and book reviewing... Stella returns for another count, plus free books to be placed on public transport.
Stella Count. Profile of a woman with long black hair. She has a book pressed up against her nose.

After going on hiatus in 2020, Stella, the organisation promoting gender equality and cultural change in Australian literature, and its partner iSentia are poised to bring back the Stella Count. This statistical survey analyses gender bias in the field of book reviewing in Australia. The Stella Count originated in 2012; it collects and interprets data on the gender of authors and reviewers, length of review and genre of books reviewed.

The next count will start in July this year and work backwards. For 2021-23, the survey will continue to focus on book reviews published in 12 major media outlets across Australia.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy