Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing
The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend, the Australian playwright and poet Ray Mathew, to support and promote Australian writing. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging writers.
The Fellowship offers a grant to support Australian writers, working in any literary genre, to undertake an intensive period of creative development at the Library, using the rich and varied collections as inspiration or to incorporate or transform sources into new creative work.
The aim is to allow writers a period of time to immerse themselves in an aspect of the collections. This may be with the intention of developing ideas, narratives, settings or atmosphere, symbolism or imagery, creating social and historical context, or character development. Applicants will need to articulate their creative concept and artistic goals and demonstrate how they expect ideas derived from relevant collections to translate into their own creative writing.
The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow in Australian Writing should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the literary work within this period. However, the Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress of their creative project within the calendar year.
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding.
The Fellow will receive during the residency:
- $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses
- Special access to collections and staff expertise
- Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
- Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
- Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website.