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on 06 February, 2019


on 30 April, 2018

2018 Tyrone Guthrie Fellowship

Our judging panel would like to commend the extremely high quality of the applications received. Surely this is proof that Varuna alumni represent all that is good in contemporary Australian writing.

We are delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Tyrone Guthrie Fellowship is Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.

on 15 February, 2018


Due to an overwhelming number of expressions of interest, we've had to push back the deadline to Thursday 19 April. Please check this space then. Thank you for your patience!

In 2018, one Alumni member will be selected through an Expression of Interest application process to receive a writing residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

on 17 April, 2017

Congratulations to Heather Rose

Heather Rose, winner of the Eleanor Dark Fellowship in 2006 for her novel The River Wife, has been shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Australian Literary Society Medal for her novel The Museum of Modern Love.

on 13 March, 2017

Congratulations to Caitlin Maling

Caitlin Maling's second volume, Border Crossing, continues to showcase the development of an exciting new voice in Australian poetry.

on 22 February, 2017

Congratulations to Gabrielle Williams

Congratulations to Gabrielle Williams on the upcoming publication of her book My Life as a Hashtag.

"Thanks to Varuna the Writers' House, for an amazing fortnight. Two weeks' worth of concentrated writing, cooked meals and fireside chats with Anita Smith and Natalie Kestecher helped me get this book into a shape I was happy with."

The book will be published in June 2017

on 22 February, 2017

Congratulations to Betsy Roberts

Congratulations to Betsy Roberts on the publication of her book Summer Feet.

on 22 February, 2017

Congratulations to Jane Rawson

Congratulations to Jane Rawson on the publication of her book, From the Wreck.

on 15 November, 2016

Congratulations to Caroline Miley

Debut Novel: The Competition.

Completed with the aid of a Varuna PIP Fellowship 2015.

on 10 November, 2016

Artist with Disability Fellowship

Varuna alumni may be interested in the Artist with Disability Fellowship offered by the NSW State Government.

on 19 September, 2016

Congratulations to Katherine Johnson

The Better Son (Ventura Press, October 2016)

1952. Tasmania. The green, rolling hills of the dairy town Mole Creek have a dark underside — a labyrinthine underworld of tunnels that stretch for countless miles, caverns the size of cathedrals and underground rivers that flood after heavy rain. The caves are dangerous places, forbidden to children. But this is Tasmania — an island at the end of the earth. Here, rules are made to be broken.

on 19 September, 2016

Charlotte Clutterbuck announces BIRD CONNECTIONS EXHIBITION

‘I’ve half-crossed where I shouldn’t have into your bird-world’

‘Pelicans have arrived for the fish muster…’ ‘filling the sky with feathered motion’

on 09 August, 2016

Congratulations to Susan Errington

I was part of a Harper Collins residency in May 2013 and I am very pleased to say that the novel I crafted during my time at Varuna has been published by Penguin Random House. The ten days I spent with you in the Blue Mountains was crucial to Ice Letters’ development. I will always value the experience.

REFERENCE: Penguin Random House

on 09 August, 2016

Congratulations to Craig Cormick

Craig Cormick has won the Tasmanian Writers Prize with a short story ‘No Man is and Island’, that will be appearing in Award Winning Australian Writing 2016, and also has a piece in Best Australian Science Writing 2016, based on the book Ned Kelly Under the Microscope, that he worked on with editor Jody Lee at Varuna that won a Victorian Community History Award.

on 04 July, 2016

Congratulations to Helen Thurloe

Alumna Helen Thurloe's debut novel, Promising Azra, is being published by Allen & Unwin in August 2016.
It’s about forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, based on extensive research and interviews.

on 30 June, 2016

And the Winner of the 2017 Tyrone Guthrie Writer Exchange is ...


Congratulations to Wilma Philipoom who is the winner of the 2017 Tyrone Guthrie Writer Exchange. The prize includes up to four weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Irelannd as well as return air flight to Ireland up to the value of $2,500.


on 27 June, 2016

Congratulations to Isabelle Li

A Chinese Affair (Margaret River Press, July 2016) brings a new, exciting voice to the Australian literary landscape and is one of the few works of literary fiction in English to explore the experience of Chinese migration.

on 23 May, 2016

Congratulations to Sarah Armstrong

Alumna Sarah Armstrong’s third novel Promise is published by Pan Macmillan in July.

on 09 May, 2016

Congratulations to Aden Rolfe

Aden Rolfe’s first collection, False Nostalgia, has been published by Giramondo. The book was developed with the support of the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry from Varuna in 2013.

on 02 May, 2016

Congratulations to Suzanne Leal

Her new work: The Teacher’s Secret, Suzanne Leal (Allen & Unwin, June 2016

A teacher with something to hide and a new principal determined to uncover the truth.

on 22 March, 2016

Congratulations to Robbi Neal on the publication of After Before Time

Stories of life from a remote Aboriginal community that sing with vivid and simple life, truth and power.

‘The Old Fella had said to me, “You’re a storyteller. You write, you write it down and tell people about our lives. We want the rest of the world to respect our Culture.”’

on 22 March, 2016

Congratulations to Mark O'Flynn on the upcoming publication of The Last Days of Ava Langdon

A piercing and witty portrait of a true maverick

on 22 March, 2016

Congratulations to Jim Ditchfield on the publication of Nursing Fox

At the outbreak of World War I, Lucy Paignton-Fox enlists in the Australian Army Nursing Service and leaves her family’s cattle station in the Northern Territory to join the war effort. During the Gallipoli campaign she serves in hospitals in Egypt, but when the Anzacs are posted to France she moves with them. A talented and spirited nurse, with dreams of one day becoming a doctor, Lucy finds more opportunities than she ever imagined: working alongside doctors and surgeons, sharing the soldiers’ dangers, helping them through their pain, and making lifelong friends.

on 15 February, 2016

Congratulations to Georgina Luck

Varuna Alumna Georgina Luck has received Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH funding to propel her short film into production.

on 15 February, 2016

Congratulations to Toni Tapp Coutts

One of the Top End’s best known women has written a book documenting life growing up on a Territory cattle station.

on 15 February, 2016

Congratulations to Grahame Wilson

His book Under the Water under the Wire and the men who sank the Sydney was written with the guidance and encouragement of Helen Barnes-Bulley through Varuna's Writer Development Program.

on 11 February, 2016

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 - Alumni

Alumni notables for Victorian Premiers Book Awards

on 11 February, 2016

Congratulations to Tom Williams

Congratulations to Tom Williams on the publication of Wheelbarrow Ridge And Other Stories (Ginninderra Press, January 2016).

on 09 February, 2016

Congratulations to Gabrielle Stroud

"I recently had an essay published in The Griffith Review. It was all about my experience of burnout and disillusionment with the Australian Education system. This essay has been well received and next Wednesday 10th February, I'm going to be on National radio speaking with Richard Fidler about my experiences. If you're interested, you can follow these links to find out more."

on 08 February, 2016

Congratulations to Michelle Michau-Crawford

Congratulations to Alumna Michelle Michau-Crawford on the publication of her book: Leaving Elvis and other stories, (UWA Publishing, February 2016).

on 21 January, 2016

Congratulations to Michael Giacometti

The Newcastle Writers Festival is delighted to announce that Alice Springs writer Michael Giacometti has been selected for the inaugural Regional Emerging Writer Residency, offered in partnership with The Lock-Up and University of Newcastle. Giacometti will spend two weeks in Newcastle in the lead up to the festival in April and will also participate in the program.

on 04 January, 2016

Congratulations to Joanne McCarron

Silvery Elms, The Kaleidoscope, by Alumna Joanne M McCarron, was published by ASA, December 2015.

on 03 December, 2015

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kasmer

"At the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards my young adult manuscript Aurora was awarded the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award.

on 17 November, 2015

Congratulations to Nicole Hayes

"One True Thing” by Nicole Hayes has been awarded the Children's Peace Literature Award, announced in October.

on 17 November, 2015

Congratulations to Penelope Hanley

On the publication of Inspiring Australians: The first fifty years of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015.

Book launch details below

on 12 November, 2015

Congratulations to Sue Reynolds

"I want to let Varuna know that my manuscript ‘Temporary Spaces’ was one of the nine manuscripts shortlisted for Legend Press UK 2015 Luke Bitmead Bursary. The information is on Legend Press’s web site. The winner will be announced at a dinner in London on the 20th of this month.

on 12 November, 2015

Congratulations to Pam Mariko

Congratulations to Pam Mariko on the self-publication of RED MOON: SECRETS OF A SIXTIES SCHOOLGIRL

on 26 October, 2015

Congratulations to Tangea Tansley

Congratulations to Alumni Tangea Tansley on her short story award and audio book production.

on 15 October, 2015

Congratulations to Leah Kaminsky

Congratulations to Alumna Leah Kaminsky on the release of her debut novel The Waiting Room, for which she won the Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship in 2007 (Random House, September 2015).

The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories.

on 12 October, 2015

Congratulations to Lisa Southgate

Congratulations to Alumna Lisa Southgate on the publication of her short memoir Boothville in an anthology Oh Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor and Love (In Fact Books, 2015).

on 12 October, 2015

Congratulations to Lucy Treloar

Congratulations to Alumna Lucy Treloar on the publication of her book Salt Creek (Panmacmillan, August 2015).

on 14 September, 2015

Congratulations to Russell Eldridge

Varuna Alumnus Russell Eldridge's debut novel, Harry Mac, has been published by Allen and Unwin. Russell worked on Harry Mac during a Varuna fellowship in 2013, during which he was guided by local editor Jody Lee. The manuscript won the Byron Bay Writers Festival Litlink Varuna Unpublished Manuscript Award for that year.

on 07 September, 2015

Congratulations to Rebecca Poulson

Congratulations to Rebecca Poulson on the publication of her new book Killing Love, which she was working on at Varuna in January 2015 on a Varuna Fellowship.

on 26 August, 2015

ASA Announces Winner of Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency

Congratulations to Wollongong writer Chloe Higgins who is the winner of the ASA Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency at Varuna for 2015.

on 13 August, 2015

Congratulations to Christine Evans

Congratulations to Alumna Christine Evans on the publication of her novel in verse, Cloudless, UWA Publishing, to be eleased September 1 2015.

Also in October 2015 the world premiere of her play Can't Complain with Spooky Action Theater in Washington, DC

on 06 August, 2015

Congratulations to Nicole Hayes

Congratulations to Alumna Nicole Hayes on the publication of her new novel, One True Thing (Random House), which was released in May.

on 27 July, 2015

Congratulations to Eleanor Limprecht

Congratulations to Eleanor Limprecht on the publication of her second novel, Long Bay, to be launched by Debra Adelaide. (see details below)

"Part of Long Bay was written at a Varuna Fellowship Writing Retreat in 2013."

Set in Sydney in the first decade of the 1900s, Long Bay is based on the true case of a young female abortionist who was convicted of manslaughter and served out her sentence in the newly opened Long Bay Women’s Reformatory – the first of its kind in Australia. The woman, Rebecca Sinclair, was pregnant when she went to prison.

on 09 July, 2015

Congratulations to Jane Rawson

Congratulations to Alumna Jane Rawson on her new book (co-authored with James Whitmore), The Handbook: surviving and living with climate change, which will be published by Transit Lounge on 1 September 2015

on 22 June, 2015

Congratulations to Helene Young

Alumna Helene Young's sixth novel, Northern Heat, was released on 27th May by Penguin Random House.

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to Daniella Brodsky

Congratulations to Daniella on her new book The Patrons.

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to Mark O’Flynn

The Soup’s Song - Mark O’Flynn

“From ekphrasis to lipogram, dramatic monologue to cut-up, historical vignette and traditional lyric to bold experiment, these accomplished and often striking poems always tell a good tale, with gentleness, wry humour, dark acceptance, and a twist to refresh the jaded eye. A fine and absorbing collection, full of the vanity of human wishes: a living, breathing commedia dell'arte.”
- David Brooks

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to Aden Rolfe

Set to debut on ABC RN on Friday 26 June, A Thoroughly Wet Mess is an eight-part serial radio drama, written and directed by Varuna alumnus Aden Rolfe.

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to John Connell

“We just launched our kickstarter for Mr Croc the kids show …”
Mr. Crocodile is a children’s animated TV series aimed at 5-10 year olds.

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to Gillian Telford

An Indrawn Breath, a second collection of poems by this poet, was completed with the assistance of a 2014 Varuna/Picaro Press Publisher Introduction Fellowship.

on 16 June, 2015

Congratulations to Ross Donlon

Varuna Alumnus Ross Donlon’s latest book of poems is unusual in that it was launched in Norway, on International Labour Day, May 1st.
Sjøvegen (The Sea Road) is a sequence of 50 tanka set in the industrial village of Ålvik in on Hardangerfjord in Western Norway.

on 28 May, 2015

Congratulations to Jim McIntyre

Congratulations to alumnus Jim McIntyre on being awarded runner-up in the Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award.

on 25 May, 2015

Congratulations to Leah Kaminsky

Congratulations to Varuna Alumna Leah Kaminsky on the publication of her book: Cracking the Code, Leah Kaminsky with Stephen and Sally Damiani (Random House Books, April 2015)

"Kaminsky seamlessly inserts Stephen and Sally's voices, allowing them to express the impact of their ordeal in their own words. She also emphasises that it was the Damianis' strength and determination that heralded this international breakthrough in medical science." - Dianne Dempsey in The Sydney Morning Herald

on 25 May, 2015

Helen Barnes Bulley’s review of Robert Eales’ book

The Compassionate Englishwoman : Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War
by Robert Eales

The Boer War tends to occupy a fairly limited space on most modern history syllabuses in high schools and universities, in this country at least, and yet its role in the gradual demise of the British Empire, and its impact on the development of modern Africa have been significant. Many readers will associate the war with the film Breaker Morant, which proved to be very popular in Australia. He was tried and executed for war crimes committed while he was fighting for the British in South Africa. And it is the subject of war crimes that is central to the story of Emily Hobhouse.

on 25 May, 2015

Congratulations to alumna Jane Eales 

Her book, Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs, is Winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Autobiography/Biography category.

on 14 May, 2015

Tyrone Guthrie Writer Exchange  --  Winner Announced


Congratulations to Bronwyn Lovell who is the winner of the 2016 Tyrone Guthrie Writer Exchange.

on 27 April, 2015

Congratulations to Deb Hunt

Our congratulations to alumna Deb Hunt on the publication of her book Australian Farming Families.

on 30 March, 2015

Giveaway from Di Bates

Children’s author and Varuna alumna Dianne (Di) Bates has had two residencies at Varuna and has now published over 120 books - latest books A Game of Keeps (Celapene Press, 2014), Nobody's Boy (Celapene Press) 2013 CBCA Notable and The Girl in the Basement (Morris Publishing Australia). Six more are scheduled for 2015. Di is the founding (and current) editor of Buzz Words, a twice monthly online magazine for anyone in the children’s book industry. It offers current markets, competitions, opportunities, interviews, personality profiles, publishing house profiles, books and websites – and much more.

on 30 March, 2015

Competitions now open

Grieve Writing Competition - open now, closes June 1

Newcastle Poetry Prize - now in its 34th year in 2015

on 23 March, 2015

Congratulations to David Carlin

Our congratulations to Alumnus David Carlin on the publication of his book with Sosina Wogayehu, The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, Friendship and other Circus Acts.
Book launch Wednesday 1 April, 6pm at gleebooks, Glebe, Sydney - click here to book.

on 10 March, 2015

Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will accept applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency in April 2015.

on 10 March, 2015

CHASS Australia Book Prize

Nominations are currently open for the CHASS Australia Book Prize, which aims to recognise and celebrate significant contributions made to the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) sector.

on 05 March, 2015

Article on Leni Shilton's "Giving Voice to Silence" verse novel about Bertha Strehlow

“The university I'm associated with, Southern Cross University, have published an article on the grant and the Varuna Fellowship I received to help get Bertha's story published!”

on 26 February, 2015

Ozco Grants 2015

Thanks to Edwina Shaw for alerting her fellow writers to the 2015 Australia Council Grants.

on 17 February, 2015

Congratulations to Robert Eales

Our congratulations to Alumnus Robert Eales on the publication of his book 'The Compassionate Englishwoman, Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War' by Middle Harbour Press.

on 17 February, 2015

Congratulations to Hazel Edwards

Our congratulations to alumna Hazel Edwards who has re-issued her 'Sleuth Astrid' books as e books.

on 25 January, 2015

Special Deal for Varuna Alumni to attend the inaugural conference of the Historical Novel Society Australasia

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) will hold its inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall on the 21-22 of March 2015 with its opening reception held at the State Library of NSW on the 20th.  Entitled ‘The Historical Novel in Peace and War’, the conference will celebrate the historical fiction genre in a weekend of talks, panels, debates, book launches and readings with super sessions on social media, researching and writing historical fiction as well as manuscript assessments.  The weekend conference will showcase 40 speakers and is peppered with international authors such as Kate Forsyth (our patron), Felicity Pulman, Jesse Blackadder, Juliet Marillier, Sulari Gentill, Sophie Masson, Toni Jordan and Colin Falconer.
HNSA is offering Varuna Alumni a special conference deal. 

on 19 January, 2015

Congratulations to John Connell

A huge hurrah also to alumnus, and Eleanor Dark fellowship recipient, John Connell whose debut novel The Ghost Estate is being published by Picador and launched in March.


on 19 January, 2015

Congratulations to Nigel Bartlett

Our congratulations go to alumnus Nigel Bartlett whose debut novel King of the Road is being published by Vintage/Random House and launched at Glee Books on 1 February, 2015.

on 28 October, 2014

It's a Baby Boy!

Diana Jenkins has let us know the birth of her second boy, on Thursday October 23, went well: "We're well, we're thrilled - we're tired."

Congratulations to Diana and family from all of us at Varuna!!

on 22 July, 2014

The Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival 


For writers in Sydney The Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival will be held on Saturday August 16, 2014 at The Women's Club, and is a celebration of women's writing.

Featured authors at the 2014 Festival are Blanche d'Alpuget, Annabel Morley Judy Nunn, Deborah O'Brien, Susan Steggall and guest moderator is Lisa Forrest.

on 23 May, 2014

Who won the Tyrone Guthrie Lottery 2014 ...

As you know here at Varuna we've been heads down landing the 2014 Varuna with Sydney Writers' Festival, which I'm pleased to say went extremely well - but that's another story - for now, coming up for air, we realise you're probably keen to know who the winners are for this year's Tyrone Guthrie Lottery.

And so without further ado ... (insert drum roll) ... the winners of the 2014 Tyrone Guthrie lottery are ...

Varuna Alumni, Kathy Sharpe and Eileen Naseby.

on 12 May, 2014

A Childrens Picturebook About Landmines

MidnightSun Publishing is currently raising funds to publish One Step at a Time, a gorgeous picture book about a boy and his baby elephant. What happens when elephant Mali steps on a landmine?

on 28 April, 2014

The Tyrone Guthrie Lottery
Your chance to win a trip to Ireland

Including return airfare and up to four weeks residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland (stunning!).

on 08 April, 2014

Sangham House Residency in India & other writerly opportunities

The application period for 2014-2015 Sangam House residencies is now open.

Roanna Gonsalves (Alumni member): "There is a gorgeous writers residency that runs every year in India, on the campus of a beautiful dance school (outskirts of the southern Indian city of Bangalore). It is open to writers from all over the world. I did a bit of work for them while I was in India and found out that they have never had any Aussie writers there and would absolutely love to have some. Applications are now open, deadline June 30, 2014. Wouldn't it be great if some of our Varuna Alumni apply?"

on 10 March, 2014

Alumnus Ann Marie Priest's essay short-listed for the Calibre Prize 2014

Congratulations to Ann Marie Priest whose essay '"Something very difficult and unusual": The Love Song of Henry and Olga' has been short-listed for the Calibre Prize 2014.

on 21 February, 2014

Remembering Libby Bishop

(1950 - 2014)

written by Helen Barnes-Bulley

Libby Bishop If conversation, as is often claimed, is one of the most pleasant and enriching pastimes in our society then conversations with Libby were always a source to me of anticipation and delight. Our shared passion for literature and the musical and visual arts were the foundation of the continuing discussions we had over a period of years, but which broadened out to encompass all kinds of other issues and areas of interest. Our shared connection to Varuna came about through writing and because of Peter’s appointment as Director. Although she had no official role Libby became a vital presence at Varuna and made many friends amongst the writers who came to stay over many years. Both in their own home and in the Writer’s House she and Peter were fine hosts, and she contributed through her calm and gracious presence to its welcoming and unique atmosphere.

on 20 February, 2014

Vale Corinne Elizabeth Pentecost

(1953 - 2014)

Sadly Varuna Alumni member Corinne Pentecost passed away in the morning of last Saturday 15 February ... suddenly but peacefully.

on 10 February, 2014

Writerly opportunities & happenings 

Competitions, masterclasses and events....

on 16 January, 2014

Congratulations to Tangea Tansley

Our congratulations go to alumna Tangea Tansley who was joint winner of the 2013 Todhunter Literary Award with her short story Middle-man.

on 17 December, 2013

Write 4 Autism

This Short Story competition is an amazing opportunity for new undiscovered writing talent to pursue their dreams of publication and contribute to a great cause.

on 17 December, 2013

The 2013 Henry Kendall Poetry Award


on 17 December, 2013

Australian Film Television and Radio School short courses 2014

AFTRS Open, the short course division of the Australian Film Television and Radio School has screenwriting courses coming up in Melbourne and Sydney in 2014.

on 28 November, 2013

VALE JESSICA HALLIGAN ROSE  19.09.1982 – 09.11.2013

From Gabrielle Stroud:
I'm writing to let you know that Jessica Rose has died.  I first met Jess at Varuna in 2005 and we became firm friends.  She returned to Varuna this time last year (for a Writer in Residence week with Charlotte Wood as her mentor).  

on 07 November, 2013

Alumni Pam French and Leni Shilton in November Art Monthly

In August 2013, visual artist and Varuna alumni, Pam French was awarded the prestigious The Hill End Artist Residency.

on 29 October, 2013

Michelle Michau-Crawford wins 2013 Jolley Prize

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce that Michelle Michau-Crawford has won the 2013 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story 'Leaving Elvis'. David Malouf named Michelle as the overall winner at an event at Gleebooks last night. Michelle receives $5000 for her winning story, which was drawn from a field of 1200 entries.

on 29 October, 2013

Griffith REVIEW:Edition 46: The Novella Project 2: Forgotten Stories

Griffith REVIEW is pleased to announce the Novella Project 2, once again supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

on 29 October, 2013

Elise Hurst's exhibition 7 Nov: TIGER. HARE. GIRL. BEAR.

on 28 October, 2013

Gabrielle Carey: Moving Among Strangers - Randolph Stow and My Family

on 27 October, 2013

Jane Clifton's book released

A large part of Jane Clifton's latest crime novel, Flush, was written at Varuna in 2006.

on 26 September, 2013

Joan Cahill's news

I know that you are always interested in even small achievements from Varuna Alumni so am writing to let you know that I have won the FAWN (North Shore Branch) 2013 award for Vibrant Verse (free verse) with my poem "Guitar Trek". It is published on their website.

on 17 September, 2013

Samantha Tidy's Varuna story

My novel The Happiness Jar was shortlisted for both a Penguin Varuna Scholarship and the HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development in 2011.

on 22 August, 2013

Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2013 & Playwrighting Support Grants

Applications are now open for the $20,000, Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2013 and for grants of up to $5,000 from the Rodney Seaborn Playwrighting Support Fund.

on 22 August, 2013

HarperCollins Announces New Unsolicited Submissions Portal

HarperCollinsPublishers ANZ is excited to announce the launch of its new online unsolicited submission program, The Wednesday Post, which will be going live on Wednesday 21 August 2013. Our goal is to uncover, develop and promote the most outstanding voices writing today.

on 19 August, 2013

Not the Same Sky a novel by Evelyn Conlon

Evelyn Conlon recently stayed at Varuna the National Writers' House, through the exchange program that Varuna has with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.

on 18 August, 2013

Red Moon Rising by Pam Mariko

I'm delighted to report that in June this year my book Red Moon Rising got accepted by literary agent Lyn Tranter of Australian Literary Management.

on 01 August, 2013

New work: Currawong Creek

by Jennifer Scoullar

Jennifer Scoullar's new book Currawong Creek is now released by Penguin.

on 31 July, 2013

Kevin McGrath's novel Blood Forest to be published

on 29 July, 2013

Jennifer Isaacs wins the 2013 Chief Minister of the Northern Territory's History Book Award

on 29 July, 2013

Writing Competitions & opportunities

on 23 July, 2013

Book Launch: What Was Left

by Eleanor Limprecht (Sleepers Publishing, September 2013)

Eleanor Limprecht's latest novel What Was Left will be launched in September at the Berkelouw Books in Paddington and you are invited.

on 09 July, 2013

New play: How to Survive an Earthquake

by Christine Croyden

Chris Croyden's new play How to Survive an Earthquake is soon to be produced in Melbourne.

on 12 June, 2013

New work: Half Moon Bay

by Helene Young (Penguin, May 2013)

Helene Young's latest novel Half Moon Bay is out NOW!.

on 12 June, 2013

New work: Dream Wheeler

by Deb Hunt (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 23, 2013)

Deb Hunt's latest novel Dream Wheeler is out NOW!.

on 18 April, 2013

Writing a Novel (Intensive) by Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin

The ideal course for aspiring novelists living outside Sydney and Melbourne or unable to commit to a weekly class.

Responding to popular demand, Faber Academy’s six-month Writing a Novel course is now available as an intensive. This is a unique opportunity to experience the same content of our flagship course condensed into three long weekends in Sydney, starting October 2013.

on 08 April, 2013

Eat Pray Mourn: Crime and Punishment In Jakarta

A two-year collaboration between anthropologist Jacqui Baker and Siobhan McHugh has finally landed on ABC RN's 360 Documentaries slot, airing this Sunday 10am - but the audio and info is up online NOW, so check it out whenever you like.

on 04 March, 2013

New online magazine: The Writer’s Room Interviews

by Charlotte Wood

Novelist, journalist and Varuna alumna Charlotte Wood has launched a fabulous new online magazine, The Writer’s Room Interviews.

on 02 December, 2012

New work: Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks

by Jean Kent (Pitt Street Poetry, August 2012)

Varuna Alumna Jean Kent's latest poetry collection is out NOW!.

on 01 December, 2012

New work: False Start

by Mark O'Flynn (Finch Publishing, 2012)

Varuna Alumna Mark O'Flynn's entertaining book is out NOW!.