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Van and Anderson awarded Overland writing residencies

Literary journal Overland has announced the recipients of its two writing residencies, which aim to address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers.

Lucy Van has been awarded the residency for women writers who are the sole primary carers of one of more children. Van is completing a book called ‘The Beginning of the Poem’, which is described as an ‘ideal place to think about the relationship between poetic intention and discursive play; a place to examine selfhood through the labour of writing and the notion of writing as property’.

Susie Anderson was awarded the residency for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers at any stage of their writing careers. Anderson is working on a collection of memoir-based essays about female Aboriginal contemporary artists whose work deals with, responds to, or disrupts the archive.

Van and Anderson receive a weekly stipend, a private workspace at the Overland office and a mentorship with either Jeanine Leane or Alison Croggon. They were chosen from shortlists announced in June.

The writing residencies are sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, with in-kind support from Victoria University. For more information about the residences, see the Overland website.

 

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