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Varuna announces 2022 Writer’s Space fellows

Varuna, the National Writers’ House has announced the recipients of the 2022 Writer’s Space fellowships for writers with disability or who are D/deaf.

The fellowship program is open to writers based anywhere in Australia, offering six in-person residencies and six online residencies during a two-week period for writers to develop their manuscripts.

The recipients of the residential fellowships are:

  • Sophie Beer for ‘Thunderhead’
  • Julie Dickson for ‘The Map From Me to You’
  • Louise Falconer for ‘The Opposition’
  • Olivia Muscat for ‘I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend’
  • Andi Spark for ‘Other Mummies’
  • Steven Widders for ‘Man of Vision’.

The recipients of the online fellowships are:

  • Catherine Johnstone for ‘The New Berries of a Lilly Pilly’
  • Tim Loveday for ‘Those Bloody Animals’
  • Carly Jay Metcalfe for ‘Breath’
  • Madeleine Ruskin for ‘Guilty Creatures’
  • Stefan Sabatini for ‘The Other Side of Love’
  • Danae Sweetapple for ‘Hindsight’.

Elizabeth Humphrys, Michelina Sirianni and Rani Tesiram were highly commended by the program assessors, who said the quality of applications was ‘exceptionally high across a range of genres, which sparked enthusiastic discussion and deliberation among the judges’.

As part of the fellowship, the writers will also receive a professional development package of $1100 to go towards mentoring, manuscript consultations or workshop participation.

Established last year, the program’s inaugural writing fellows included El Gibbs, Woo-Keun Lim, Fiona Murphy, Jules Jones and Kerri Shying, among others.

For more information about the Writer’s Space fellowships, see the Varuna website.


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