2019 GMW Glenfern Fellows Announced

Thursday, August 8, 2019
By: 
Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust

Photo of Glenfern Studios from outside

Writers Victoria congratulates and welcomes the 2019 Glenfern Fellows:

  • Anna Kate Blair, who will be working on her first novel, "a coming-of-age story set between the New York art world and the Appalachian Trail. It explores female subjectivity, societal change and the slippage between art and life, offering a queer contemporary take on modernist rejections of tradition."
  • Mykaela Saunders, who will be working on "the creative component of the Doctor of Arts degree she is undertaking through the University of Sydney - a collection of short stories of Goori-futurism, set in Bundjalung country. In these truly post-colonial futures, the local Goori community have reasserted sovereignty in different ways, all while practising creative and sustainable ways of living with climate change."
  • Xanthea O'Connor, who "will be writing a collection of essays on the recent loss of her Grandmother, drawing from the extensive archive of book club notes she left behind."

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern Writers' Studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009).

The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East.

The Glenfern Fellowships have created a significant legacy for Melbourne’s literary scene and there is a long and prestigious list of Glenfern alumni.

This year's applications were judged by author Leah Kaminsky and Writers Victoria Committee of Management member Noe Harsel. There was a strong pool of submissions, and we extend our thanks to everyone who applied.

Our congratulations to the Fellows! May they have a creative and productive residency.