Award-winning author announced as 2018 ACT Writer-in-Residence

UNSW Canberra and the ACT Writers Centre are excited to welcome Dr Jane Gleeson-White as this year’s 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.

Dr Gleeson-White, an award-winning non-fiction writer, will spend her time in Canberra researching for her upcoming book, Burnt Angels.

The book will explore the effect of the Pacific War on Australian culture and the impact of the Japanese invasion of New Guinea on three generations of women.

The 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence was acclaimed fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, who spent her time researching for an upcoming novel set in Canberra. 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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