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Orr wins 2017 ‘ABR’ Eucalypt Fellowship

Adelaide novelist and essayist Stephen Orr has been awarded Australian Book Review’s (ABR) Eucalypt Fellowship for 2017.

Orr will produce a nonfiction article on ‘any aspect of the Australian Eucalypt in all its forms, with reference to history, literature, science and natural history, Indigenous subjects, the arts, or politics’. The article will be published in ABR’s Environment Issue in October.

Orr said his essay will explore the way the Australian Eucalypt ‘flourishes from Tasmania to the Philippines, how it has colonised poor soils, provided food for the First Australians, images for May Gibbs’s garden sketches, but also informed a sense of isolation about lost children, and terror in the burnt-out cars left in the wake of Ash Friday’.

The $7500 Eucalypt Fellowship is supported by the charitable trust Eucalypt Australia. For more information, visit the ABR website here.


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