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Diverse writers win mentorships

In 2013 Writers Victoria launched a mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Mentorship Program was established to support and promote the diversity that forms the fabric of our writing and our broader community. The five recipients of our 2013 CALD Mentorship Program were Beverly Almeida, Lian Low, …

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Stephany Steggal wins Hazel Rowley Fellowship

The 2012 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Stephany Steggall last night at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Steggall will use the $10,000 prize to write a biography of Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize winner for Schindler’s Ark. The announcement was made at a lecture commemorating the life and work of biographer Hazel Rowley, where special guest …

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Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship: Ann-Marie Priest, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen O’Neill, John Murphy, Lisa Milner, Sheridan Palmer and Stephany Steggall. The judges for the fellowship are Alex Miller (acclaimed writer and close friend of Hazel’s), Jim Davidson (acclaimed biographer), Lynn Buchanan (close friend of Hazel’s) and Della …

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Playwrighting Fellows announced

In 2012, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust supported a Playwrights’ Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights. This inaugural fellowship will be overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese. Six successful fellows were chosen. They are Andrew Frederik Harmsen, Carly Beth Nugent, Diane Stubbings, Didem Caia, Kieran Carroll and Simon Godfrey. These playwrights will be …

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Mary Hoban wins Hazel Rowley Fellowship

On 14 March at the Wheeler Centre, Mary Hoban was announced as the winner of the inaugural Hazel Rowley Memorial Fellowship. The judging panel comprised Alex Miller, Jim Davidson, Lynn Buchanan and Della Rowley. Mary’s project is a biography of Julia Arnold (nee Sorrel, 1826-1888). Julia lived through many important moments of early Tasmanian history …

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Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist announced

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage Australian authors to attain a high standard of biography writing and to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011). Biography writers were invited to apply for a literary fellowship up to the value of $10,000. Writers Victoria congratulates the shortlisted applicants: …

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Kerry Loughrey wins Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup

Amidst the red velvety warmth of the beautiful Trades Hall Bella Union Bar, this year’s Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup went off. In a good way. Forty poets braved the microphone with their poems condensed into 60 seconds (a feat and a half!). Ten of these made it through to round two to perform a two-minute …

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Emerging Writers Competition winners

Congratulations to the winners and runners up of our Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Timothy Robinson won the Short Story category for his entry “Henry Stanfield Can Fly”, while Lindy Alexander won the Non-fiction prize for “Hiding from the World”. The fiction runner up was Melanie Cheng for “Stone Baby”, and Lorna Hendry was …

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Inaugural Emerging Writers Competition winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Literary Non-fiction winners First prize: HL Singer for “Life: An Exercise in Words” Second prize: Zhiling Howlitt for “Mao’s Great Mangifera Parade” Other shortlisted entries: Joan Kerr for “The House We Live In” Graham Reeks for “Beneath Balaclava” Judy …

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Melbourne named City of Literature

Melbourne has joined Edinburgh as one of only two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world. Part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, UNESCO Cities of Literature must have: Quality, quantity and diversity of publishing and editorial initiatives Quality and quantity of educational programmes An urban environment in which literature plays an integral part Experience hosting …

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