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Skrzypczak awarded 2019 Kat Muscat Fellowship

Writer and educator Liana Skrzypczak has been awarded the 2019 Kat Muscat Fellowship.

Skrzypczak, who was adopted from Korea into an Australian family, will use the fellowship to travel to the island of Jeju in South Korea as part of research for her novel ‘The Lore of Jeju’. There, she plans to ‘develop an East-Asian specific myth/magic system and to learn more about the Shamanistic values and culture of Jeju-do’.

‘Thank you to Express Media’s board, staff, the Muscat family, and appointed community members for entrusting this fellowship to me and my ambitious, square peg of a novel, “The Lore of Jeju”,’ said Skrzypczak. ‘I hope to be an advocate for Kat’s legacy—a legacy that reminds us how bold prose, brave ideas and fearless delivery can challenge accepted norms and bend the world better one word at a time.’

Writer Caitlin McGregor was awarded the place of highly commended.

The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship was set up by Express Media in honour of former Voiceworks editor Kat Muscat. It offers professional development up to the value of $3000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person.

Fellows are selected by the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and community members.

The 2018 fellowship was awarded to Melbourne-based writer Ana Maria Gomides.

For more information about the fellowship, see the Express Media website.



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