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Eugen Bacon on writing and the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Eugen Bacon is an African Australian author of several novels and fiction collections. Her work has won, been shortlisted or commended in numerous awards. Most recently, she was a 2022 World Fantasy Award finalist and was announced in the honour list of the 2022 Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’. […]

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Lisa Gorton on her poetry collection ‘Mirabilia’

Lisa is a poet and novelist, essayist and reviewer. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal; her third, Empirical, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for Poetry; and her fourth, Mirabilia, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award

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Round 9 Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund Recipients

Since 2017, the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel fund has provided access to professional development for emerging, mid-career and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. On behalf of the Myer Foundation, this round’s judges and Writers Victoria, we are thrilled to announce the Round 9 Travel Fund recipients. We also acknowledge the generosity of The Malcolm

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Storming the City:  Recognising, Celebrating and Employing Writers with Disability in the City of Melbourne

In 2023, we are again running the Train the Trainers program, thanks to City of Melbourne’s Arts and Creative Investments Partnership program. Train the Trainers is for new and emerging disabled writers, and aims to provide skills and experience in a range of activities guided by industry professionals. We are delighted to announce the successful

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Writing Up a Storm: A Writeability Anthology

Writeability is an award-winning program that Writers Victoria has been delivering for over ten years. Writeability works to remove some of the barriers that have traditionally prevented people with disability from connecting with writing and publishing. It provides tools and information to support people with disability who want to tell their own stories in their

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Diane Bell Wins The 2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

On Wednesday 8 March, in front of a large audience at Adelaide Writers Week, writer and anthropologist Diane Bell was announced as winner of the 2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Diane was awarded $20,000 for her proposed biography of the relationship between Ngarrindjeri woman Louisa Karpany, née Kontinyeri (c1840–1921) and George Mason (1811–1876), sub-Protector of

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New National Cultural Policy

Writers Centres welcome $19.3 million for Writers Australia in new National Cultural Policy The National Writers Centre Network (NWCN) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive, launched in Melbourne on Monday 30 January by Arts Minister Tony Burke. The Policy includes the creation of a new body called Writers Australia located within the

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Kate Mildenhall on The First Time podcast, first words and celebrating the wins with your wingpeople

Kate Mildenhall is the author of Skylarking (Black Inc., 2016) and The Mother Fault (Simon & Schuster, 2020). She co-hosts The First Time podcast, a podcast about the first time you publish a book, now in its fifth season. Kate lives in Hurstbridge on Wurundjeri lands, with her partner and two children. She is currently working on her third

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2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist announced

Nine Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $20,000. ‘This year we are very pleased to see proposals from every state and territory, reflecting the diverse range of approaches to writing biography and memoir in Australia today,’ said Della Rowley, sister of biographer Hazel Rowley. ‘The quality and calibre

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