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Writers Victoria announces Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipients

Writers Victoria has announced the third round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

Nine successful writers, illustrators and translators were selected from 112 applicants to receive a total of $48,288.

The recipients are:

  • Allison Colpoys ($3330): children’s book illustrator and book designer travelling to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • Cassandra Pybus ($7500): writer undertaking a research trip to the UK to develop a creative nonfiction manuscript, ‘Truganini: Journey through the Apocalypse’
  • Christine Sun ($6450): translator travelling to Taiwan to develop a framework for, and feasibility study of, distributing Chinese-language editions of books by Australian authors in print and digital formats in Taiwan
  • Eleanor Limprecht ($2040): writer undertaking a research trip to Teerk Roo Raa National Park (Peel Island) in Queensland to investigate the treatment of patients with leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Australia in the early 1900s; research will inform a historical fiction novel
  • Josephine Wilson ($9382): writer undertaking a research trip to China to develop a creative nonfiction manuscript, ‘The Human World Bookshop’, which dramatises a cross-cultural encounter that begins with the adoption of a Chinese child, and explores the meaning of ‘one child’ to writers and artists in China and Australia
  • Katherine Collette ($6301): writer undertaking a research trip to the Toastmasters international public speaking championship in Denver, Colorado, which will inform her fiction manuscript ‘Unscripted’, a mockumentary-style novel that follows four characters competing to become the international public speaking champion
  • Lauren Chater ($2470): writer undertaking a research trip to the Netherlands to develop her novel ‘The Winter Dress’, which concerns a silk dress illegally retrieved by an amateur diving club from a wreck off the Dutch coast
  • Sam Twyford-Moore ($3473): writer and arts manager travelling to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend the Nonfiction Now conference, which considers the relationship between photography, photography criticism and nonfiction practice
  • Tom Holloway ($7342): playwright travelling to Switzerland, the UK and the US to develop, research and promote three of his plays.

The judges for the third round were Text Publishing export manager Emily Booth, State Library Victoria community programs manager Indra Kurzeme and author Eli Glasman.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will award $300,000 in grants over three years to writers, editors, agents, publishers, booksellers and other literary professionals, and is supported by the Myer Foundation.

Past recipients of the fund include publishers Sam Cooney and Arwen Summers.



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