Indigenous writers will be able to apply for new fellowships under an exciting new program developed by the National Writers’ House Varuna, Magabala Books, Sydney University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
‘Australian Indigenous writing continues to represent some of the most vibrant and significant work taking place in Australia today, and Varuna is committed to supporting this work,’ said Veechi Stuart, Executive Director, Varuna.
‘A $30,000 grant over three years has enabled us to announce the inaugural Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers.’
The program invites both unpublished and published Indigenous writers to apply for a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House. Set in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Varuna is well known for its support of the writing process and the development of Australian literature. Each residency includes full board and accommodation including a room and writing studio for each writer, and all travel expenses to and from Varuna.
‘Like art, dance, cinema and all forms of creative expression, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature is central to the cultural strength and vitality of Indigenous communities, and to how we share knowledge and understanding with one another,’ said Peter Minter, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney.
Applications close midnight 15 December 2017.
For further details, including how to apply, visit www.varuna.com.au or phone (02) 4782 5674.
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