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Copyright Agency announces inaugural writing fellow for SA’s J M Coetzee Centre

South Australian author Cath Kenneally has been chosen as the inaugural Copyright Agency J M Coetzee Writing Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

The $30,000 fellowship, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, is the first of three fellowships for mid-career writers in South Australia to be based at the university’s J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Further fellows will be appointed for 2016-17 and 2017-18.  

Kenneally, the author of two novels (Room Temperature and Jetty Road) and six poetry collections, will spend six months as a writer-in-residence at the centre, where she will work on a new novel and give masterclasses in English and creative writing.

Copyright Agency’s cultural fund manager Zoë Rodriguez said the fellowship aims to assist mid-career writers in South Australia. ‘There is so much assistance already for new writers to establish themselves, but being able to support mid-career writers is also incredibly important,’ said Rodriguez.

‘Receiving this fellowship has come just at the right time in my writing career,’ said Kenneally. ‘It’s a vote of confidence from my peers, and it’s both exciting and motivating to know that I’ve been given this opportunity to focus on my new novel.’


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