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SLV Creative Fellowships announced

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Creative Fellowships. Each of the creative fellowships is funded for three months with a grant of $12,500. Among the six recipients selected for funding are two writers whose projects will contribute to the library’s collections or involve exhibitions in the library space.

Miles Allinson will work on a book manuscript Sentient Beings, a nonfiction-fiction hybrid based on his father’s experiences with Melbourne’s 1970s counter-cultural movement. Paul Bateman will conduct research in support of a novel manuscript entitled The Tramlines, ‘charting the life and times of the men and women who worked at the now defunct South Melbourne tram depot’ in 1990s Melbourne.

An Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Dean Keep and Jeromie Maver, who will work on a book about the design and arts scene of 1950s Melbourne. Honorary fellows receive the same benefits as funded fellowships without the monetary grant.

SLV also announced the recipients of its Specialist Fellowships:

Children’s Literature Fellowship 

Illustrator Stephanie Holm is the recipient of the $12,500 fellowship, to work on a graphic novel on the subject of local flora and fauna in early Australian children’s publishing

Berry Family Fellowship

The $12,500 Berry Family fellowship for exploring Melbourne or Victorian social history was awarded to writer Guy Rundle and comic book artist Jo Waite, for a study of a Melbourne CBD building, ‘uncovering the forgotten lives and vanished professions that made the city’.

Centenary of WWI Fellowship

Poet Jordie Albiston is the third recipient of a series of specialist fellowships worth $12,500 offered over four years to creators wanting to access the library’s collection of WWI content. Albiston will create 70 poems based on the letters and postcards written by Victorian soldiers, each poem corresponding to a soldier in the study.

Redmond Barry Fellowship

Presented in association with the University of Melbourne, this $20,000 fellowship was presented to Ross Jones for the research and writing of a work on the story of tuberculin in 1890s Melbourne.

To see the full list of fellowship recipients, visit the SLV website here.


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