Judges announced for Templeberg Fellowship

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Templeberg Villa and Writers Victoria have announced a distinguished panel of judges for the inaugural Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship.

The fellowship will send an Australia writer to Galle in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for a month to work on a writing project.

The judging panel includes internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan-based author Royston Ellis, renowned Australian journalist Keith Austin and Victorian writer Deborah Robertson.

“We had a fantastic response to the Templeberg Fellowship,” said Director of Writers Victoria, Kate Larsen. “We received applications from established and emerging writers from all across Australia and many more people engaging with the discussions and ideas,” she said.

The owners of Templeberg Villa, Christopher Shields and Brent Carey, were also pleased with the result. “We’re grateful that so many esteemed authors and experts are on the judging panel,” said Carey. “The judges will have a difficult time whittling down the applications to just one successful recipient,” he said.

The winner of the Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship will be announced on Friday 19 July 2013.

Royston Ellisis the author of over 60 published books (guides, novels, biographies and volumes of poetry). His seminal book, The Big Beat Scene, was first published in 1961 and his collected poems, Gone Man Squared, are to be published as a paperback by Kicks Books of New York later this year. Originally from England, Royston has been living in Sri Lanka since 1980 and is the Consular Warden of southern Sri Lanka for the British High Commission. He writes travel features on Sri Lanka for inflight, international and Sri Lankan magazines and has a weekly blog about Sri Lanka.

Originally from London’s East End, Keith Austin has worked as a journalist in England, Scotland, Beijing and Sydney over the past 30 years. He has been a chief sub, production editor, travel editor, feature writer, regular columnist, news reporter, restaurant and book reviewer, and has edited two cookbooks, Blokes and Seafood. Keith is also the author of Grymm (a novel for Young Adults) and Snow, White (due out in March 2014). He is currently working on a series of eBooks and the 4th edition of the Pub Food Guide for NSW.

Deborah Robertsonwas born in Bridgetown, Western Australia. Her first book, Proudflesh, won the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication, and her stories have been widely published at home and abroad. Her first novel, Careless (Picador, 2006), was published to wide acclaim and bestseller status, and was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes including the prestigious Miles Franklin Award in 2007. Her latest novel, Sweet Old World, was published by Random House last year.