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Wheeler Centre announces new ‘hot desk’ fellowships

The Wheeler Centre has announced its latest round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships. Twenty writers will participate in the fellowship this year, including seven in the first intake from 11 May to 17 July.

The writers and their projects in the first intake are:

  • Cameron Baker is working on a Combinations of Words, a collection of between 15-20 short stories that are ‘in the vein of Lydia Davis, BJ Novak and Woody Allen’
  • Alice Bishop is working on a collection of short stories called A Constant Hum, based around the author’s hometown’s experience of the Black Saturday bushfires
  • Susan Bradley Smith is writing The Screaming Middle, a poem-a-day memoir of the year of turning 50
  • Kelly Chandles is writing The Other Mother, a collection of essays, interviews, first-person anecdotes and short stories about being called someone’s ‘spare mum’
  • Toby Fehily is working on a nonfiction manuscript called It’s Not an Aircraft, which tells the story of a Cessna pilot who disappeared over the Bass Strait in 1978 soon after radioing air traffic control about a ‘strange aircraft’ hovering on top of him
  • Suzy Freeman-Greene is working on a series of essays about her mum’s life and death called Evacuation, which will ‘explore bigger issues—such as how we handle grief in a secular context’
  • Tully Hansen is working on a long-form essay about Twitter bots called #Bot and #botALLY: Twitter’s robot poets and the humans who love them.


The fellows will each receive a $1000 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a two-month period. You can read more about the fellows’ projects see the full list of successful applicants for 2015 here.

The Wheeler Centre’s ‘hot desk’ fellowships are funded by the Readings Foundation.


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