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The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund: Round 5 Recipients Announced

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 5 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

We received 99 applications, requesting a total of $540,191 in grant money. This round’s judges were writer Eugen Bacon, publisher Kirstie Innes-Will from Black Inc., and podcaster Astrid Edwards. They were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $50,335 to 11 recipients across 10 grants.

Congratulations to

  • Writer Cate Kennedy (VIC), to accept invitations to writers’ festivals in Ireland and Jamaica and to undertake additional writing residencies and reading events in the USA. Cate was granted $7,000.
  • Editors, writers, and academics Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk (NSW), to research Aboriginal and settler-colonial literary and cultural relations in the imperial centre, alongside a series of invited events and readings, in England and the Czech Republic. Evelyn and Jonathan were granted $9,656.
  • Writer Fiona Hardy (VIC), to research and begin work on a Middle Grade fiction book on Christmas Island. Fiona was granted $3,920.
  • Writer Madelaine Dickie (WA), to research her proposed manuscript ‘Gas Days or the Cost of Doing Good: A Biography of Wayne Bergmann’ in Broome. Madelaine was granted $4,374.
  • Writer Maria Takolander (VIC) to attend the Arteles artist-in-residency program in Finland. Maria was granted $3,177.
  • Writer Mirandi Riwoe (QLD) for research and writing opportunities during a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Mirandi was granted $6,062.
  • Arts worker and writer Robert Lukins (VIC), to meet with historians, researchers, and local community representatives while researching a novel in Carter Lake, Iowa-Nebraska, USA. Robert was granted $3,473.
  • Podcaster and writer Ruhi Lee (VIC), to research a memoir about her spiritual journey of defying Indian and Australian cultural norms to become ‘wild’, in India. Ruhi was granted $6,850.
  • Poet, activist, and educator Sara Saleh (NSW), to participate as an artist at the inaugural Arab-Palestinian literature festival, in New York City, USA. Sara was granted $3,100.
  • Writer Tamara Lazaroff (QLD), to research her experimental narrative non-fiction memoir ‘Hermit Girls’ on De Witt Island, Tasmania. Tamara was granted $2,723.

Bon voyage!

Round 6 of the travel fund will open in early 2020.

Thank you to The Myer Foundation for making this fund possible.

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