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Scrivenor wins 2019 Ray Koppe Residency

Hayley Scrivenor has won the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)’s 2019 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency for her manuscript ‘The Push Back’.

Scrivenor’s manuscript tells the story of a young girl who goes missing on her way home from school. ‘The judges noted the strength of the experimental sections in this work, as well as its topical nature,’ said Varuna executive director Veechi Stuart.

The annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency offers an unpublished writer under 35 a two-week stay at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba, NSW, as well as a one-hour consultation, a year’s membership to the ASA, and travel subsidy for writers outside of NSW.

The residency was established by the Koppe family as a tribute to their mother, Ray Koppe, who for many years managed the business affairs of the ASA and was ‘always passionately interested in, and supportive of, young writers’.

Past winners include Holden Sheppard, Nick Couldwell, Chloe Higgins, Danielle Binks, Hannah Bent, Dimitra Harvey and Renae Gibson.

For more information, see the Varuna website.

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