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Maguire awarded $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre fellowship

Author Emily Maguire has been awarded the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence fellowship.

Maguire will receive $100,000 and will spend a year based at the centre alongside researchers and clinicians working in the fields of health, wellbeing, food, ageing, social disadvantage and cultural identity.

Maguire will use the fellowship to work on a novel addressing ‘the complex relationship between social identity and health’.

‘I can’t imagine a better place to develop my novel about hoarding, consumerism and illness, and to research the role family, social class and economic status play in it all,’ said Maguire. ‘Much of the Charles Perkins Centre’s work is directly relevant to my project, and the general atmosphere of the place—encouraging collaboration, creativity and conversation around the big issues—is a gift to any writer.’

The Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence fellowship was established in 2016 to give ‘creative writers the opportunity to explore the issues under examination at the Charles Perkins Centre—to ease the burden of obesity and chronic disease in Australia and abroad’.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, author Mireille Juchau and playwright Alana Valentine were both awarded fellowships in 2017.

The inaugural writer in residence Charlotte Wood served as a judge of this year’s fellowship. She expects to complete her novel examining women and ageing this year.



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