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Writers Vic announces 2021 Writeability fellows

Writers Victoria has announced the 2021 Writeability fellows.

The following five writers with disability were awarded Writeability fellowships:

  • Beau Windon for ‘A Proud Failure’, a hybrid memoir exploring neurodiversity through the lens of failure
  • Chim Sher Ting for ‘Solitude Is A Slow Self-Immolation’, a poetry collection exploring identity through themes of loneliness/loss and memory/nostalgia and issues of race, culture and heritage
  • Claire Capel-Stanley for ‘The Hunters’, climate fiction about surviving a bushfire, told through the eyes of a domestic cat
  • Sarah Halfpenny for ‘The ABC of Melbourne Girlhood’, young adult fiction about two cousins whose lives are vastly different growing up in Melbourne
  • Steph Amir for ‘Yeah nah, no worries’, a poetry collection about contemporary Australian life, its link to different cultures and the natural environment.

Each fellow will receive tailored support for their writing project in the form of mentoring, manuscript assessment and/or attendance at Writers Victoria workshops.

In its ninth year the fellowship received 37 applications. Judge Roz Bellamy said, ‘I really enjoyed reading and judging the 2021 Writeability Fellowship entries. Each work was captivating. I was delighted—and not at all surprised—to encounter such unique, original, nuanced and experimental work emerging from writers with disabilities.’

In 2021 the Writeability fellowships are supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust and an anonymous donor. For information, visit the Writers Victoria website.


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