Sri Lankan Writing Fellowship awarded to Dion Teasdale

Monday, August 31, 2015
By: 
Writers Victoria

Photo of Templeberg Villa, a single-story, white-walled bungalow with steps leading up to the entrance
Templeberg Villa

Melbourne-based writer Dion Teasdale has been awarded the 2015 Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship.

The one-month fellowship will send Teasdale to Templeberg Villa in Galle, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, before the end of this year.

Teasdale has won a return airfare from Melbourne to Colombo in Sri Lanka, a 30-day tourist visa, internal transfer costs, accommodation, full board (all meals) and an AU$1,000 spending allowance.

He will use his time there to research and develop his second novel, ‘The Remarkable Return of Mister Ranatunga’.

The novel is set between Darwin, the Gold Coast, Colombo, Galle and surrounding areas of Sri Lanka's Southern Province. It will tell the story of a Sri Lankan / Australian family across three generations.

“The fellowship will give me the opportunity to observe, experience and research first‐hand some of the key settings of the novel, and give me the time and space to write," Teasdale said.

The international fellowship is a philanthropic initiative of the Australian based owners of Templeberg Vila, Christopher Shields and Brent Carey.

“We are thrilled that the fellowship continues to attract such an exciting range of writers and to see how clearly the experience of being at Templeberg will influence their work,” Shields said.

Nine other writers were shortlisted for the prestigious fellowship, which received entries from all over Australia.

  • Jane Rawson (VIC)
  • Leearni Hamilton (ACT)
  • Mandy Beaumont (QLD)
  • Tina Faulk (NSW)
  • Anjali Roberts (NSW)
  • Claire Corbett (NSW)
  • Claire Varley (VIC)
  • Cymbeline Buhler (NSW)
  • Sophie Overett (QLD)

An international judging panel was chaired by acclaimed Sri Lankan-based author Royston Ellis, along with past fellows Michelle Wright and Lucy Nelson, Carey and Shields.