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Latest RISE and Australia Council funding recipients

The federal government announced the sixth batch of Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund recipients in late December 2021.

Among those sharing in more than $19.5 million funding are the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), which receives $118,225 to seed its Sun Project: Illuminating Children’s Literature — Shadow Judging, which which will enable groups of young people across Australia to judge the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year shortlist alongside the judging panel.

‘These groups will be participating in a critical conversation and responding creatively,’ said the CBCA of the project, which runs from April to August. ‘Each of the funded groups will receive a visit from a creative so they can share insights on how they weave literary techniques into great storytelling. In August, at the end of CBCA Book Week we will be presenting a Shadowers’ Choice Award.’

Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival receives $100,000 for its 2022 festival which will showcase First Nations writers, storytellers and artists over four days in March.

Newcastle Writers Festival receives $200,000 for its 2022 festival, returning after three years to a live festival, with an expanded Hunter Region youth program, while South Coast Writers Centre receives $69,472 for the South Coast Writers Mentoring, Publishing and Festival program, which includes an integrated multi-stream emerging writers’ program, publication of anthologies, and an annual writers’ festival.

Writers, festivals, among recipients of Australia Council funding 

The Australia Council has announced $8.49 million in funding for 173 projects in its latest round of funding.

The literature organisations to receive funding for projects are Australian Book Review ($100,000), Overland ($63,000), Writers SA ($90,850), FORM ($35,200), Story Factory ($39,984) and Playlab Theatre ($34,750), while publisher Thames & Hudson receives $20,326.

Sydney Writers Festival receives $98,497, and Adelaide Festival $40,000, while Byron Writers Festival receives $48,600 and National Young Writers’ Festival $94,670. First Nations-led literary festival Blak & Bright, headed by Jane Harrison, receives $45,662.

Individual recipients of the latest round of funding include: Sara Ayoub, Timmah Ball, Mary Anne Butler, Eileen Chong, Julie Cotter, Anwen Crawford, Richie Cyngler, Rebecca Griggs, Lamisse Hamouda, Jamie Lau, Cass Lynch, Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Christine ‘Kix’ Mwaturura, Jared Thomas, Andrew Weldon, Campbell Whyte and Fiona Wright.

The Australia Council also announced the recipients of its fellowships. The Fellowship for Literature, worth $80,000, was awarded to Ouyang Yu. The fellowship will give Yu, who has published 138 books in English and Chinese over the course of his career, the opportunity to work full-time over the next two years on a new documentary novel.

See the Australia Council website for more information.


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