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Varuna announces new fellowships for writing on drought, bushfire crises

Varuna has announced six new fellowships for regional NSW and outer-Western Sydney writers to develop new work in response to the drought and bushfire crises.

Each fellowship includes a one-week residency at Varuna, meals, a writing consultation and a half-day professional development workshop. The residencies will be held from 27 July to 3 August.

‘We have been directly experiencing the impact of bushfires for months here in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, and we have watched on in horror at the fires causing heartbreaking destruction across many parts of Australia,’ said Varuna creative director Amy Sambrooke.

‘In response to this, and to the unprecedented conditions that have seen rivers run dry and towns run out of water, we are launching a new fellowship to support writers to make sense of this situation, and to contribute to urgent national and international conversations about climate change.’

Applications close 27 March 2020. Successful applicants will be asked to contribute $315 towards their residency. For more information, see the Varuna website here.


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