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Creative Victoria announces VicArts recipients

Several literary projects have been included among the recipients in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants.

The program will provide over $1.8m in funding for 87 creative projects by independent artists and arts organisations in Victoria.

Literary organisations to receive funding include:

  • Cardigan Comics ($20,000), to develop a ‘graphic-novel-style collection of stories set in Melbourne in the late 1880s’, to be published online in weekly ‘episodes’.
  • Going Down Swinging ($30,000), for its 2017 event program, as well as the journal’s ‘publication of exciting new writing’.
  • The Lifted Brow ($20,908), for the production of four quarterly print issues of the magazine.
  • The Rereaders ($20,450), to produce forthcoming episodes of the Rereads podcast, ‘a fortnightly literary and culture podcast showcasing work by emerging Australian writers and artists’.
  • un Projects ($25,000), to publish two print issues of un Magazine and to launch a new online version un Extended.

Writers receiving grants are:

  • Jen Breach ($8,000), for ‘the development of an adventure-style graphic novel for readers aged eight to twelve’.
  • Louise Crisp ($8,000), for ‘a series of environmental poems on the endangered gliders of East Gippsland’.
  • Catherine Crowley ($9,999), to develop ‘a historical adventure novel for children aged between nine and twelve years’.
  • Adrian Hyland ($15,000), for a novel about ‘a family trapped in a major bushfire in ranges north of Melbourne’.
  • Sofie Laguna ($12,000), to work on ‘the final draft of her upcoming novel about power, gun violence and courage’.
  • Omar Sakr ($9,000), for ‘the development of a collection of poetry exploring interpersonal and systematic violence’.
  • Ellena Savage, ($9,999), for ‘the development of a collection of ten essays exploring gender, knowledge, place and bodies’.
  • Nova Jane Weetman ($12,000), to develop the sequel to her 2016 middle-grade novel The Secrets We Keep (UQP).
  • Dee White ($9,200), to research and develop ‘a work of historical fiction based on the true story of how Algerian imams in a Parisian mosque helped save Jewish children during WWII’.

Other literary projects to receive funding include Little Ones Theatre for its theatrical adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ short story collection Merciless Gods (A&U).

View the full list of recipients here.


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