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Asialink 2015 arts residencies announced

The University of Melbourne’s Asialink program has announced the recipients of its 2015 Arts Residencies, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Writers and arts programmers receiving residencies in Asian countries are:

  • Omar Musa, Malaysia: Musa, a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet, is the author of two books of poetry and the novel Here Come the Dogs (Hamish Hamilton). Musa will split his residency between Hotel Penaga in George Town and Rimbun Dahan in Kuang to work on his new novel, which ‘combines Malay myths and ghost stories with hard-edged observations of politics, gender, history and religion’.
  • Adam Narnst, China: Narnst, a ‘writer, teacher, performer and former cage fighter’, has been published in Best Australian Stories 2014, Griffith Review and Wet Ink, and has a novel ‘under consideration’ with Allen & Unwin. Narst will undertake a residency with the Shanghai Writers’ Association to ‘complete his second novel and work with local writers on a series of workshops and readings’.  
  • Simon Abrahams, Korea: Abrahams is an arts programmer and producer and a former head of programming at The Wheeler Centre. He will undertake a residency with South Korean cultural festival Hi Seoul Festival to ‘create their outdoors children’s artistic program’.


Asialink also announced various residencies in the areas of performing arts and visual arts. The full list of residencies is available here. To view last year’s residency recipients, click here.



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