Multicultural voices in regional Victoria

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A group of multicultural and bilingual writers will undertake a week-long residency in Skipton this month.

The Melbourne-based ANE Writers group has been awarded the Mooramong Residency thanks to a new partnership between Writers Victoria and the National Trust (Victoria).

This is the first year of the partnership, which will see the group take up a week-long residency at Mooramong, a rural heritage property on a working farm in the middle of Victoria’s pastoral Western District.

Built in the early 1860s, Mooramong was remodelled in 1938 in Hollywood style to echo the lifestyle of its owners, Scobie Mackinnon and his Hollywood screen star wife Claire Adams. Adams appeared in 46 silent movies between 1919 and 1927 and brought theatrical Hollywood to her new Skipton home.

“This new creative initiative between Writers Victoria and the National Trust reaffirms our commitment to the rich cultural legacy left to the people of Victoria by Claire Adams and Scobie McKinnon,” said Martin Purslow, CEO of National Trust (Victoria).

ANE Writers is a bilingual writers’ group that writes essays, poetry and stories. The group champions bilingual haiku and runs workshops in Melbourne.

The Mooramong Residency will give ANE Writers the opportunity to take their diverse backgrounds and stories into Victoria’s evocative countryside.

“This project will bring new life to the rich McKinnon pastoral tradition, Indigenous cultural heritage and diverse flora and fauna reserves one of our most important sites,” Purslow said.

“It will be fascinating to see what effect Mooramong and the surrounding area will have on the work of these writers,” said Writers Victoria Director, Kate Larsen. “We look forward to seeing some great new writing inspired by this unique environment.” The residency will take place from Monday the 22nd of July.

Writers Victoria acknowledges the generous support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust for this pilot program.