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Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2014 announced

A number of writers have been awarded Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships for 2014.

Scholarships for poetry were awarded to Jessica Wilkinson, Elizabeth Campbell and Candy Royalle. Wilkinson, a lecturer in creative and professional writing at Melbourne’s RMIT University, will use her scholarship to travel to Europe and the US to research the life of choreographer George Balanchine for a book-length poetry work; Elizabeth Campbell will travel to Europe to conduct research for her third book, a collection of poems titled The Mystery Guest; and Candy Royalle will travel to the UK to take part in advanced courses in performance poetry.

Scholarships for prose were awarded to Laura Jean McKay, Tom Lee and Ender Baskan. McKay, the author of the short story collection Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc.), will undertake residencies with animal-related organisations around Australia to inform her new novel on mammal and human interaction; Lee will travel to Europe and the US to ‘follow the words and footsteps’ of authors Cormac McCarthy and W G Sebald; and Baskan will travel to Europe to conduct research for a novel exploring the experiences of three young people of Turkish descent.

The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships were established by John Chisholm Marten, a life-long patron of the arts and literature, and are administered by the Trust Company. The scholarships are each worth $20,000 and support aspiring young artists to develop their gifts through travel. Previous prose and poetry recipients of the scholarships include writers Christopher Currie and Michelle Dicinoski.

To see the full list of recipients, including those awarded in the fields of architecture, ballet, instrumental music, visit the website here.



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