Allen, Blackadder awarded 2018 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship
Screenwriter Jane Allen and author Jesse Blackadder have been jointly awarded the 2018 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.
Allen and Blackadder will travel to Antarctica in late October, staying at the Mawson research station for three months. The pair will work on an Antarctic adventure book series for young readers, as well as a TV series examining the daily life of researchers at an Antarctic research station.
‘Antarctica is one place on the planet that kids really want to visit, but it’s also a place that’s unfortunately out of reach,’ said Blackadder. ‘In our series of adventure novels, six kids are chosen from an international competition to stay at the first children’s station in Antarctica where they are unexpectedly forced to survive on their own.’
Allen said, ‘This is a rare opportunity to be immersed in an Antarctic community, working alongside other expeditioners and hearing stories firsthand, which will bring an intimate authenticity to the project.’
Blackadder was a previous recipient of the fellowship in 2011, during which she wrote her novel Chasing the Light (HarperCollins), about the first woman to ever set foot on Antarctica.
The fellowship receives financial support through a partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), and Create NSW will also provide development funding for the TV series. For more information about the fellowship, see the website.