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Inaugural Write North residency recipients announced

Create NSW and Byron Writers Festival have announced the recipients of the inaugural Write North Writers’ Group Residency, worth almost $40,000.

The successful mid-career and established NSW writers’ group comprises Robyn Cadwallader, Nigel Featherstone and Julie Keys. Cadwallader and Featherstone formed their writers’ group in 2011 after meeting at Varuna, and Keys joined in 2019 following the publication of her novel The Artist’s Portrait by Hachette, which also published of Featherstone’s 2019 novel Bodies of Men. Cadwallader’s most recent novel Book of Colours was released by HarperCollins in 2018.

During the residency, which runs from 7–13 September 2020 in the Byron Shire, each writer will focus on developing an existing individual manuscript and will receive mentorship from established author Charlotte Wood. The value of the residency includes $10,000 direct financial support to the writers’ group.

Create NSW executive director Chris Keely said, ‘Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of our exciting debut residency. I’m pleased Write North will allow our winners to carve out space to advance their stories against the beautiful backdrop of Byron Bay as they work collaboratively with their esteemed colleagues and mentor Charlotte Wood.’

For more information about the residency, see the Create NSW website.


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