Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2017 finalists announced
Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work.
The shortlisted writers and their projects are:
- Peter Edwards for a biography of Robert Marsden Hope
- Thornton McCamish for a work exploring the life of actor Robert Hughes
- Craig Munro for Literary Lions, a ‘group portrait’ of A G Stephens, P R ‘Inky’ Stephensen, Beatrice Davis and Kenneth Slessor
- Anne Maree Priest for a biography of poet Gwen Harwood
- Judith Pugh for a biography of William Dargie titled Artist in a Suit
- Suzanne Spunner for a work on the life of Indigenous artist Rover Thomas
- Terri-ann White for a biography of epidemiologist Fiona Stanley, as told through key objects.
The fellowship, which increases its cash prize to $15,000 this year, will be judged by biographers Jenny Hocking and Arnold Zable, Rowley’s friend and co-initiator of the fellowship Lynn Buchanan, and Rowley’s sister Della. The winner will be announced at an event at Adelaide Writers’ Week on 4 March.
The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was established in 2011 by the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund with the support of Writers Victoria to encourage Australian authors to attain a high standard of biography writing and to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley, who died in 2011.
As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Matthew Lamb won the 2016 fellowship for his proposed cultural biography of Frank Moorhouse.
For more information about the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, visit the Writers Victoria website here.
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