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Asialink 2017 arts residencies announced

The recipients of the University of Melbourne’s Asialink Arts Residencies Program for 2017 have been announced.

Writers receiving residencies in Asian countries are:

  • Lyn Dickens, India: Dickens will ‘work on a novel exploring the effects of political violence and the possibilities of redemption through the lives of two multiracial characters’.
  • Laura Woollett, Indonesia: Woollett will research and develop ‘West Girl’, ‘a collection of personal essays detailing her experiences coming of age in an Asian-Australian blended family, within the broader context of 1990s Australia’.
  • Christy Collins, Japan: Collins will begin ‘exploratory work on a new piece of long-form fiction inspired, in part, by contemporary Japanese filmmakers including Hirokazu Kore-eda and Rusuke Hamaguchi’.
  • Madelaine Dickie, Japan: Dickie will research and draft her second novel, ‘The Saltwater Rocket’, which ‘explores tensions between mining companies and Aboriginal groups [and] will be told from the perspective of a young woman who has witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in generations’.

The Asialink Arts Residencies Program facilitates ‘residencies for arts professionals working in the fields of writing, performing arts, visual arts, arts management, and multidisciplinary practitioners’. A total of 33 individual artists were awarded residencies, and each will receive up to $12,000 for professional development and to share ‘skills, knowledge and networks’ with their Asian host communities. The program is supported by the Australia Council.

The full list of residencies is available here.


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