Round 4 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 111 applications, requesting a total of $559,410 in grant money.
This round's judges were writer Roanna Gonsalves, Aviva Tuffield from University of Queensland Press, and Jackie Tang from Readings. They were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $49,569 to 12 recipients.
- Writer Oliver Reeson, to attend the Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon. Oliver was granted $5,418.
- Storyteller and curator Sista Zai Zanda, for cultural immersion in the contemporary writing, performance and literary scene in South Africa. Sista Zai was granted $6,585.
- Bookseller Heather Dyer, to attend the ABA Winter Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Heather was granted $4,000.
- Writer Melanie Joosten, to visit the suffragette archives housed at the Women's Library in London, as research for her third novel. Melanie was granted $4,805.
- Poet and academic Yvette Holt, to attend the Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival in Melbourne. Yvette was granted $2,457.
- Writer Cher Tan, for a research trip to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to develop an experimental non-fiction essay collection. Cher was granted $5,733.
- Writer Susie Anderson, for a research trip in Canada and Australia that will support an essay collection on contemporary Aboriginal female artists. Susie was granted $4,000.
- Publisher Annabel Brady-Brown, to attend Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair and Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference in New York City. Annabel was granted $2,167.
- Writer Fiona Murphy, to research her memoir in the world’s first DeafSpace, at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Fiona was granted $5,560.
- Performance poet Sara Mansour, to attend the Rhodes Poetry Retreat in Greece. Sara was granted $4,100.
- Writer Alison Whittaker, to attend the Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival in Melbourne. Alison was granted $2,015.
- Poet and creative facilitator Ellen O’Brien, to attend the Acts of Listening Lab at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal, Quebec. Ellen was granted $2,730.
Round 5 of the travel fund will open in August 2019.
Thank you to The Myer Foundation for making this fund possible.