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Writers Victoria announces latest Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipients

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

Eleven successful writers, booksellers and publishers were selected from 99 applicants to receive a total of $50,335.

The recipients are:

  • Cate Kennedy ($7000): to attend writers’ festivals in Ireland and Jamaica and residencies and reading events in the US
  • Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk ($9656): to research Aboriginal and settler–colonial literary and cultural relations in England and the Czech Republic
  • Fiona Hardy ($3920): to research and begin work on a middle-grade fiction book on Christmas Island
  • Madelaine Dickie ($4374): to research a proposed biography of Wayne Bergmann in Broome
  • Maria Takolander ($3177): to attend the Arteles artist-in-residency in Finland
  • Mirandi Riwoe ($6062): for a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland
  • Robert Lukins ($3473): for research for a novel in Carter Lake, Iowa–Nebraska, US
  • Ruhi Lee ($6850): to research her memoir in India
  • Sara Saleh ($3100): to participate at the inaugural Arab–Palestinian literature festival in New York
  • Tamara Lazaroff ($2723): to research her memoir on De Witt Island, Tasmania.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, in 2017 Writers Victoria announced the travel fund, named in honour of poet and writer Neilma Sidney, which awards grants of between $2000 and $10,000 to writers and literary sector workers to ‘undertake strategic travel opportunities for the benefit of their own writing practice or career development, or for the broader Australian literary sector’.

For more information, visit the Writers Victoria website.


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