on 01 October, 2014

Varuna Residency Fellowships for 2015


Congratulations to the writers who have been awarded a Varuna Residency Fellowship for 2015.

This year we received 150 applications for Varuna Residency Fellowships.

Submissions included applications from both published and yet to be published writers, and came from writers of all states and from diverse cultural backgrounds. Forms and genres of writing submitted included poetry, flash fiction, short story, novel (literary, crime, popular, historical, children’s and YA), memoir, biography, screen-play, play-script, graphic novel, illustrated work and non-fiction.
 
Four peer assessors read each applicant's proposal and the 30 fellowships were decided upon through criteria tht included calibre of work, uniqueness of voice and clear communication of the proposed work plan.

The quality of applications was exceptionally high and the peer assessors unanimously agreed that many high calibre applications were not able to be supported this year. They also agreed that all applications were of value and merit.

Thank you to all of the applicants who submitted their work for consideration this year. On behalf of all at Varuna and the peer assessment panel we wish you well with your future writing.

The writers awarded a 2015 Varuna Residential Fellowship are:

The Dorothy Hewitt Flagship Fellowship

Established in memory of Blue Mountains resident and poet Dorothy Hewitt, this writing fellowship is awarded for a poetry application of outstanding quality and offers a three-week residency at Varuna to continue the development of the writer’s collection.

Rachael Mead, A Field Guide to Fire   - A poetry collection exploring the way human relationships with nature transform when we are in transit or when we perceive threat.

The Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship

Established in memory of Blue Mountains writer Eleanor Dark, this writing fellowship is awarded for a fiction application of outstanding quality and offers a three-week residency at Varuna to continue the development of the writer’s manuscript.

Steven Amsterdam, Permission  - A novel about the education of a suicide assistant

The Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship

Established in memory of Blue Mountains writer and social activist Eric Dark, this writing fellowship is awarded for a non-fiction application of outstanding quality in social, historical or political writing and offers a three-week residency at Varuna, to continue the development of the writer’s manuscript.

Harriet Gaffney, Place: New Myths for a Colonial Frontier  - ‘Place’ takes the neat, verdant pastures of Victoria, its gold-lined streets, and unpicks the seams of British settlement, invokes its very affects.

The Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship

The Mick Dark Residential Fellowship is awarded to a writer who is working on a manuscript of outstanding quality in the area of environmental writing and offers a three-week residency at Varuna to continue the development of the writer’s manuscript.

Jane Rawson  Were All In This Together: A personal handbook for surviving climate change - We’re heading for a hotter, less predictable and more dangerous world. This book gives you practical advice on how to handle it.

Varuna Second Book Fellowships

Second Book fellowships are awarded to writers who have had at least one book published and offer the writer a two week residency at Varuna to continue the development of their manuscript.

Catherine Padmore, After Levina                                                   

Jessie Cole, Blood Mandala: A Biography of a Family    

Tracy Farr, The Hope Fault                                                          

Romy Ash, The Weir                                                        

 

Varuna Residential Fellowships

Residential Fellowships are awarded to writers currently developing a new work of high potential and offer the writer a two week residency at Varuna to continue the development of their manuscript.

Mary-Ellen Mullane              Rot                                              Crime Fiction            

Melissa Beit                        The Headland                               YA Fiction                  

Charlotte Clutterbuck           Shift Control                                 Poetry Collection      

Demet Divaroren                 The Lost Boys                               Novella

Leni Shilton                         Journey to Piltardi                         Verse Novel               

Amanda Webster                 Small Discriminations                     Literary non- fiction

Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones         Ache                                            Literary fiction

Karina Quinn                       all the beginnings                          A queer autobiography of the body

Elizabeth Kasmer                 Aurora                                          YA Fiction                  

Katherine Collette                Grass Roots                                   Humorous Fiction     

Rebecca Poulson                  Killing Love                                   Memoir                      

Maureen Collins                   Land of a Thousand Hills                Historical Fiction       

Bronwyn Lovell                    Migration                                      SF Verse novel          

Susi Fox                              Mine                                            Fiction                        

Brooke Maggs                      Six Bodies of Truth                        Adult Speculative Fiction

Trish Bolton                         Stuck                                          Crime Fiction           

Margaret Morgan                 The Pharmacon of Charlie Zinn      Science Fiction          

Jo Dutton                            Women of Batavia                        Psychological thriller

Melissa Manning                   Written on Bark                           YA novel                    

Kyra Giorgi                          The Circle and the Equator and Other Stories   Short Story Collection

Jonathan Hadwen                All That Wasted Heat                  Prose poetry collection

Sandra Todorov                   Violent Encounters with Unclean Women   Literary Fiction