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Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2020 shortlist announced

Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work.

The shortlisted writers and their projects are:

  • Margo Beasley for a biography of Australian doctor and political activist Eric Dark
  • Diane Bell for her proposed monograph ‘The Queen and the Protector’, about Ngarrindjeri woman Louisa Karpany and South Australian ‘Sub-Protector of Aborigines’ George Mason
  • Tegan Bennett Daylight for a biography of New Zealand-born writer Ruth Park
  • Stephenie Cahalan for writing about Australian artist Jean Bellette
  • Gabrielle Carey for a biography of Australian writer Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Madelaine Dickie for a biography of Indigenous leader Wayne Bergmann, a Kimberley Traditional Owner
  • Shakira Hussein for her memoir ‘Nine Eleven-itis’
  • Lance Richardson for writing about American writer, naturalist and Zen Buddhist Peter Matthiessen
  • Suzanne Robinson for her proposal ‘Decadent Melbourne’, about art, artists and immorality in the 1890s.

The $15,000 fellowship will be judged by biographers Jenny Hocking and Jeff Sparrow, Rowley’s friend and co-initiator of the fellowship Lynn Buchanan, and Rowley’s sister Della. The winner will be announced on 20 March at an event at the Wheeler Centre, following the Hazel Rowley Memorial lecture to be given by Jacqueline Kent.

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was established in 2011 by the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund with the support of Writers Victoria to encourage Australian authors to attain a high standard of biography writing and to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Rowley, who died in 2011.

Eleanor Hogan won the 2019 fellowship for her project on the friendship between Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates.

For more information about the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, visit the Writers Victoria website.


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