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The 2012 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Stephany Steggall last night at Adelaide Writers' Week.

Steggall will use the $10,000 prize to write a biography of Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize winner for Schindler’s Ark.

The announcement was made at a lecture commemorating the life and work of biographer Hazel Rowley, where special guest lecturer Alex Miller reflected on his friendship with the late Rowley.

Photo of Hazel Rowley in bushland

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship: Ann-Marie Priest, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen O'Neill, John Murphy, Lisa Milner, Sheridan Palmer and Stephany Steggall.

The judges for the fellowship are Alex Miller (acclaimed writer and close friend of Hazel’s), Jim Davidson (acclaimed biographer), Lynn Buchanan (close friend of Hazel’s) and Della Rowley (Hazel’s sister).

In 2012, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust supported a Playwrights' Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights.

This inaugural fellowship will be overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese.

Six successful fellows were chosen. They are Andrew Frederik Harmsen, Carly Beth Nugent, Diane Stubbings, Didem Caia, Kieran Carroll and Simon Godfrey.

Drawing of Julia Arnold

On 14 March at the Wheeler Centre, Mary Hoban was announced as the winner of the inaugural Hazel Rowley Memorial Fellowship.

Mary’s project is a biography of Julia Arnold (nee Sorrel, 1826-1888). Julia lived through many important moments of early Tasmanian history at the same time as being connected and related to many important literary and political figures including grandsons Aldous and Julian Huxley and her father-in-law Thomas Arnold, famous headmaster of Rugby School.

 

Photo of Hazel Rowley in bushland

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage Australian authors to attain a high standard of biography writing and to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011). Biography writers were invited to apply for a literary fellowship up to the value of $10,000.

Writers Victoria congratulates the shortlisted applicants: Patrick Allington, Martin Edmond, Mary Hoban, Anne Houen, Heather Long, Chris Pash, Loretta Smith, Michelle Scott Tucker and Sally Percival...

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Amidst the red velvety warmth of the beautiful Trades Hall Bella Union Bar, this year’s Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup went off. In a good way. Forty poets braved the microphone with their poems condensed into 60 seconds (a feat and a half!).

Ten of these made it through to round two to perform a two-minute poem, trying to woo the fabulous judges – Peter Bakowski, Claire Gaskin and Lisa Gorton – with rehearsed renditions of their original poems.

Photo of Grace Marion Wilson

Congratulations to the winners and runners up of our Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition.

Timothy Robinson won the Short Story category for his entry “Henry Stanfield Can Fly”, while Lindy Alexander won the Non-fiction prize for “Hiding from the World”. The fiction runner up was Melanie Cheng for “Stone Baby”, and Lorna Hendry was Non-fiction runner up for “Killing the Dogs”.

Photo of Grace Marion Wilson

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition.

Winning entries will be published in a special insert to be included in May’s Victorian Writer.

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Melbourne has joined Edinburgh as one of only two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.

UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to build strong global partnerships: encouraging literary exchanges, creating cross-cultural initiatives and developing local, national and international literary links. Each city is also dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging citizens in a dynamic culture of words.

Writers Victoria's Tara Mitchell interviewed Victorian entrepreneur, Nicola Moras, about her new book 'Visible'. 'Visible' dives into the world of marketing through an online presence and how to develop a social media/digital strategy.

 

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat, Pinterest, YouTube, Podcasting…the list goes on! How would an author go about choosing the best platform to focus on?