A room of one’s own

Monday, August 1, 2016
Writers Victoria

Vintage photograph of a man in front of ornate wallpaper
The Glenfern studios

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Glenfern Fellowships, awarded to emerging writers to assist in the development of a new literary work.

The 2016 Fellowships have been granted to four writers who impressed with their diverse and intriguing projects.

Bram Presser will work on a complex novel that explores war, identity and family myths and build on his strong foundation of research and personal history.

Erin Richie will develop a collection of short stories that celebrate the unexpected and the magical in everyday life.

Cassandra White will work on a wonderfully lyrical and atmospheric YA gothic novel that explores sisterhood, interweaving the past with the present.

And Nerissa Marcon will develop a novel that explores the impact of obsessive compulsive disorder and the secrets that sit within the domestic sphere.

The 2016 Fellowships were judged by 2014 Glenfern Fellow Shivaun Plozza (who developed her debut YA novel, ‘Frankie’, while in residence at Glenfern) and WV Committee of Management member Kate Nash.

"The standard of entries was very high,” the judges said. “We were impressed with the range of projects, in their diversity of theme, genre and style. All applicants demonstrated an admirable degree of commitment and passion for their projects, making it difficult to award just four finalists.”

“In making our decision we assessed the quality of the sample material, each project's overall potential and the achievability of the author's plans for using Glenfern. In the end, Bram’s, Erin’s, Cassandra’s and Nerissa’s projects stood out.”

Awarded annually, the Glenfern Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in East St Kilda.

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

You can find more information about previous recipients on this website.