The Writing Life

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Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications for Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will open on 1 April 2021.

Mandy Sayer

On Wednesday 3 March, in front of a large audience at Adelaide Writers’ Week, Mandy Sayer was announced as winner of the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Mandy Sayer was awarded $15,000 for her proposed biography of Australian silent filmmakers the McDonagh sisters, Paulette, Isabelle, and Phyllis. Between 1926 and 1933 the three sisters wrote, produced and directed the films, while one of them acted in the main roles.

Carol Middleton is a Melbourne-based author and journalist. She is a book critic for ‘Australian Book Review’, and has been published in ‘The Age’, ‘Canberra Times’ and ‘Overland’.

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author for both adults and children. Her work has been translated into twenty languages.

Thuy On is a freelance arts journalist, critic, and editor who's written for a range of publications including ‘The Saturday Paper’, ‘Sydney Review of Books’, ‘The Age/SMH’, ‘The Australian’, ‘Australian Book Review’, ‘ArtsHub’ and ‘Books+Publishing’. She's also the books editor of ‘The Big Issue’. Her first book, a collection of poetry, ‘Turbulence’, was published by UWAP in 2020.

Gayelene Carbis' first book of poetry, ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ (Five Islands Press) was awarded finalist – International Book Awards 2019. Gayelene was awarded the My Brother Jack Poetry Prize for Poetry in 2020, and was also a finalist in the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize and the Woorilla Poetry Award. Gayelene teaches Creative Writing; English/EAL; and is Poet-in-Residence in schools.

Dr Eugen Bacon is African Australian, a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She’s the author of 'Claiming T-Mo' (Meerkat Press) and 'Writing Speculative Fiction' (Macmillan). Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

By day, Tim Evans writes articles and web content. By night, he performs weird poems in front of strangers.

Alison J Barton is a Melbourne-based poet and non-fiction writer. She attended writing school in the 2000s but her best expression came from introspection and learning the relation of the internal to the external world. Themes of feminism and psychoanalysis are central to her work. Alison has been (or is to be) published in 'Otoliths', 'Westerly', 'Poethead' (Ireland), 'Under Bunjil', 'Blue Bottle Journal', 'Underground Writers', 'Perspektif' and 'The Night Heron Barks' (US). Alison also works as a social worker.

Idan Ben-Barak writes (mostly) science books for (mostly) children. Kids think they’re funny. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, his two boys and too many stringed instruments.