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 8 Travel Fund recipients.
The judges for this round were poet, lawyer and activist Sara Saleh; community organiser, worker and writer Mali Hermans; and writer, artist and producer Haneen Martin. The judges were impressed with the quality of the applications in a round that had a record-breaking number of applications: 148 people applied for a total of $946,762 in funding. After much deliberation, the judges awarded $56,925 to seven recipients.
- Poet, artist and musician Daniel Ward (VIC) — awarded funding to travel to Berlin to research their next poetry collection, lavender poems, and to launch Natalie Mariko’s latest poetry collection;
- Writer and editor Katrina Trinh (NSW) — awarded for travel to Brooklyn, New York City to research her upcoming drama/television series about the importance of nail salon work to Vietnamese diaspora;
- Writer, editor and researcher André Dao (VIC) — awarded for travel to the UK for the book tour of his debut novel, Anam, and to conduct preliminary research on his follow-up novel in Paris;
- Poet, librarian and cultural worker Eunice Andrada (NSW) — awarded for travel to California, New York and Chicago to perform in various venues, participate in radical community study sessions with members of the Digital Sala collective, and collaborate with others for future community literary offerings;
- Writer, editor, arts worker and educator Hasib Hourani (VIC) — awarded for travel to the Levant to embark on a writing and research retreat for his upcoming book;
- Music journalist and essayist Simone Jordan (NSW) — awarded for travel to New York City to research her memoir, Tell Her She’s Dreamin’;
- Novelist and short fiction writer Eugen Bacon (VIC) — awarded for travel to Wagga Wagga to research her novel, Serengotti.
To read more about the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, including previous rounds and recipients, visit this page.