Award-winning author announced as 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence

One of Australia’s most highly acclaimed fantasy authors, Isobelle Carmody, has been named the 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence.

The ACT Writer-in-Residence program is an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in close collaboration with UNSW Canberra and supported by the Copyright Agency Ltd. It seeks to bring to Canberra writers of national and international stature who would not otherwise be able to access the state’s resources.Isobelle’s Obernewtyn Chronicles, which she began writing in high school, have placed her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Her award-winning short stories and books have been translated around the world, capturing the hearts and imaginations of children and young adults.

In 2018 the ACT Writer-in-Residence will be prize-winning non-fiction writer Jane Gleeson-White. Jane will spend her time in Canberra researching a novel set during World War II. In 2019, one of Australia’s most considered and affecting poets, Angela Gardner will take up the position. Her project on ‘Air’ is set to include some novel public programs for Canberra – including balloon flying.

The writers involved in the ACT Writer-in-Residence program have access to the facilities of UNSW Canberra and are encouraged to engage with students and researchers on campus. Writers are accommodated at the Gorman Arts Centre for one month and immersed in the broader creative community through the ACT Writers Centre.

For more information please contact Nigel Featherstone on (02) 6262 9191 (Thursday 2pm to Friday 5pm weekly) or admin@actwriters.org.au

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