2020 AUTHOR FELLOW
- Award-winning author Rodney Hall from Victoria, for his work Vortex, a novel addressing the overwhelming crisis worldwide in relation to the life of refugees. This experimental novel is set in 1954, the year when the first escaping boat people set out from Vietnam to Australia. Hall will structure the novel as a web of connections rather than a linear narrative, inviting the reader to read the chapters in any order. As preferred publisher, Picador is eagerly awaiting the book.
2020 NON-FICTION FELLOW
- Author Krissy Kneen, for With This Body. Kneen will research and write the first draft of her creative non-fiction book, which will be published by Text Publishing in 2022. The book will be a mix of memoir and non-fiction, exploring her own personal relationship with her body and the societal pressures and stressors of living in a fat, post-menopausal femme body.
2020 VISUAL ARTIST FELLOW
- Khaled Sabsabi for his project, ‘A Hope’: First major survey exhibition in NSW with a comprehensive publication. Sabsabi’s project aims to achieve several important artistic and professional development outcomes, including two new mixed-media artworks, presentation of a first major survey exhibition, and the design, editing, printing and distribution of a hardcopy monograph publication. Inspired by what may define us as a society, Sabsabi strives to create artwork that reflects human connectedness, while questioning ideological principles and complexities of identity politics.
2020 READING AUSTRALIA FELLOW FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND LITERACY
- Karen Yager, who is deputy head at Knox Grammar School in New South Wales, will focus on the connection between the Australian landscape and literature, with the aim of developing an extensive resource to support English teachers in improving their students’ writing. She says her research will feature “the evocative writing of Australian writers who have captured the heart and soul of landscapes to inspire young people to improve their own writing”.