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SLV announces 2019 fellowship recipients

State Library Victoria has announced this year’s recipients of its fellowships, worth a total of over $200,000, including several writers working on book projects.

The recipients include:

Creative fellowships ($15,000)

  • Alison Croggon, for ‘The Spell that Worked’ (working title)—a middle-grade novel in the form of a magical adventure story exploring class and politics in Australia during the Great Depression, set in Melbourne’s lively theatre district
  • Kelly Jackson, Luke Jackson and Maya Graham, for ‘The brownout murders’—a graphic novel based on events during the Pacific War
  • Julian Meyrick, for ‘Immigrant artists in Melbourne theatre in the interwar years: The case of Dolia and Rosa Ribush’—a research project exploring the character and activities of two culturally influential theatre artists
  • Grace Yee, for ‘The Chinese Question’—a poetry collection responding to historical and current narratives by and about Chinese people in Australia

Children’s literature fellowship ($15,000)

  • Matt Chun, for ‘Safe Passage’ (working title)—a picture book that examines the history of Australian children’s books as reflecting or contributing to the visual culture and semiotics of settler colonialism and the White Australia Policy, and the significance attached to boats, safe passage and our relationship with the sea

Emerging writer’s fellowship ($5000)

  • Claire Albrecht, for research towards ‘Handshake’—a project requiring examination of artists’ books, printing techniques and media, and works combining poetry and photography in an investigation of the relationship between image and text.

The fellowships are awarded annually on the advice of independent expert panels and funded by the State Library Victoria Foundation and other program partners. To see the full list of fellowship recipients, click here.


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