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Tasmania is the Island of Residencies!

In 2006 the Tasmanian Writers' Centre received many high quality applications from Australian and international writers for our 2007 Island of Residencies program.

In 2007, the following Australian writers will be part of the CAL Residencies, part of the TWC's Island of Residencies program.

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Residencies have also been offered to three international authors.

CATE KENNEDY lives in Victoria’s north east, on a property on the Broken River.  Her most recent publication, “Dark Roots” (Scribe), a collection of her prize-winning short stories, was released in Australia in September 2006 and is due to appear in North America and the UK in mid-2007.  One of the stories from the collection was selected for “The New Yorker’s September 11th issue.  Her previous work includes two critically-praised collections of poetry and a travel memoir “Sing, and Don’t Cry” which was broadcast in 2005 on ABC Radio National’s “First Person”.  When not writing, she works as an editor, mentor and teacher.

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CHRIS PRICE is a poet and creative non-fiction writer whose most recent book is Brief Lives (Auckland University Press, 2006) an eccentric biographical dictionary that samples the lives of both real and fictional characters in a singular hybrid of fiction, anecdote, and essay. It was chosen as one of the best books of the year by reviewers in the Listener, on National Radio and the LeafSalon website.  In 2006 she was one of  ten writers who collaborated with New Zealand physicists to produce the anthology Are Angels OK?,  and an excerpt from the verse essay she contributed has been selected for Best New Zealand Poems  06 (www.vuw.ac.nz/modernletters/bnzp).  In 2002 her first book Husk made an appearance on the NZ Top10 Books list, an unusual event for a collection of poems, and it went on to win the award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.  Chris has worked in publishing, edited New Zealand’s longest running literary journal Landfall for much of the 90s, and was for many years coordinator of Writers and Readers Week for the New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington. These days she works at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters, where she teaches the poetry workshop, runs writer events and edits the online journal Turbine (www.vuw.ac.nz/turbine). She occasionally appears as percussionist in the acoustic improv line-up Waiting for Donald, most recently in Tuwhare, the CD and live show in which New Zealand songwriters set the poetry of Hone Tuwhare to music. She has an MA (Hons) in Languages and Literature from the University of Auckland, and an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University.

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DEIRDRE KESSLER
lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  She is a writer, teacher, and broadcaster who writes for both adults and children. She is the author of five novels for young people and five picture books, including the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award-winning Brupp Rides Again and Lobster in My Pocket.  Her children’s novels have been translated and published in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.  She has toured widely in Canada, the United States, Germany, and The Netherlands.  Her recent poetry chapbook, Subtracting by Seventeen, includes the long poem by the same title that won the 2005 Milton Acorn Poetry Award first prize.  Her poetry and short stories for adults have been published in a number of collections and broadcast on CBC Radio.  She teaches creative writing and children’s literature part-time with the University of Prince Edward Island’s English Department.  Deirdre Kessler has recently completed “Once Upon a Space: Memory and Place,” an essay for a collection to be published in spring 2007 by Isuma Publishing of Montreal, and she is working on a poetry manuscript, Afternoon Horses, and a novel set in the Mojave desert.
  

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FIONA WRIGHT
is a Sydney poet, whose work has been published in Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Hecate and Vanguard, as well as a variety of journals and anthologies in print and online. Her poetry was selected for the Red Room Company’s 2003 Toilet Doors Project, and she is one of Vibewire.net’s Interface writers. She is the Production Assistant of the Red Room Company, a national, non-profit company that produces poetry-based projects across a variety of media.


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HOLLY THOMPSON
earned her M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing/fiction from New York University. Long-time resident of Japan, she is a full-time lecturer at Yokohama City University, where she teaches creative writing (both poetry and fiction writing), academic writing, short stories and American culture. Her novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001, www.stonebridge.com/ash/WorldOfAsh.html), set in Kagoshima and Kyoto, Japan, has been recommended as a teaching tool in classrooms studying Japan, Asia and intercultural issues. Her short stories have been published in magazines and journals in the United States and Japan and anthologized in The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 1997). She also writes for children and young adults, and her picture book The Wakame Gatherers, about a bicultural girl who goes seaweed gathering with her Japanese and American grandmothers, is forthcoming from Shen’s Books (www.shens.com). She serves as Regional Advisor of the Tokyo chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.jp).  


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JO DUTTON spent her early years in the Solomon Islands but now lives much further from the sea in Alice Springs with her family. After sixteen years she considers Central Australia. Jo is the author of two novels. Her first, On the Edge of Red was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premiers Award in 1998. Out of Place, her second novel published by Random House in 2006 has met with critical acclaim and will soon be released in Germany. Her short stories and poetry have been published widely.  Jo's work can be found in The Milk in the Sky and Living Room two anthologies of the Ptlitous imprint, a local Central Australian publishing co-operative. Jo’s short stories and poetry have been broadcast on the ABC. She has been a recipient of the Varuna Manuscript Development Program and has twice been the winner of the ABC national regional short story competition. Jo likes to think of place as a significant influence on her work and is looking forward to seeing what time in Tasmania will bring.


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JULIE BEVERIDGE is young emerging poet who lives in Brisbane. Her work has been published both nationally and internationally in print and online journals. She graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a BA (Drama) and is a qualified Speech and Drama Teacher (ACTL). She currently works for the Queensland Writers Centre. She has had two successful spoken word productions Everything I Don’t Want To Be Known For (Capillaries Festival, QUT, 2002) and Something Like A Metaphor (Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival, 2003).As an active member of the Brisbane poetry community, she reads regularly at SpeedPoets (www.speedpoets.org), and is the current Stage Manager for the Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word (www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com) as well as event organiser of The Velvet Landmine, a season of selected readings. In 2005 she released an audio collaboration with Brisbane composer Chris Perren Champagne On Arrival partnered with her first full length collection Rock’n’Roll Tuxedo, which was launched at the Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word. Her second book, a collection of Haibun entitled Home is where the Heartache is will be released in early 2007 through Small Change Press. 

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MIKE LEFROY has a passion for history, in particular the history of his hometown Fremantle and the maritime history of Australia. Mike has spent most of his working life in Fremantle, firstly teaching at local high schools and then as Education Officer with the HM Bark Endeavour Project before joining the WA Maritime Museum in 1992 as Head of Education. In 2000, he received a Churchill Fellowship to travel overseas and study museum interpretation for families and children in USA, Canada and Europe. A fascination with history and education has drawn Mike to writing and he particularly enjoys the challenge of trying to figure out how to make the past more interesting for children. Mike's publications for children include picture books, junior novels, non-fiction titles and education kits. His first picture book Rosa's Famous Elbow, with illustrator Peter Kendall, won the WA Premier's award for Children's Literature in 1994. In 2000 his non-fiction book Shipwreck at Madman’s Corner received a Notable Australian Children's Book Award from the Book Council of Australia. Mike's latest publication, with his wife Joy and illustrator Marion Duke is a picture book The Catalpa Escape, published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in October 2006. 

One of Mike’s current projects is the direct result of his research for the picture book The Catalpa Escape – the story of the audacious rescue of 6 Irish political prisoners from Fremantle Prison by an American whaling ship Catalpa. During his research he came across another amazing tale of a group of convicts who commandeered a ship from Sarah Island on the west coast of Tasmania and sailed to Chile in South America. Mike’s research for this story will be greatly assisted by the recent offer from the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre of a writer’s residency in 2007.  


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TRACY CRISP received the Varuna Fellowship for new South Australian writers and an SA Writers’ Centre Mentorship for Emerging Writers with Eleanor Nilsson in 1999. In 2000, her first child was born and in 2002 she had her second. She quickly came back to writing and in 2004, she received an Arts SA emerging artists’ grant and in 2005, she was selected as a participant in the Varuna LongLines masterclass series. She used that to time to work on her manuscript Black Dust Dancing which is set in her hometown. The manuscript was shortlisted in the unpublished manuscript section of the 2006 SA Festival Awards for Literature. Tracy has published stories and poems for children, and her articles, essays and short stories for adults have been published in a range of publications, most recently Island and the Griffith REVIEW. She has recently started writing comedy, and made her standup debut in 2006. She is currently working on a novel-length series of short stories which explore the relationships between women and their environments. The stories also form part of her on-going experimentation with online publishing, particularly blogging. Tracy has a BA in Chinese language and literature and an MA in development studies. She lives in Adelaide and has a small house on Kangaroo Island. The house has a dodgey phone connection and no power, but it does have goannas, bats and wallabies. 

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PETER FRANKIS Peter is a Canberra-based writer who has been writing for six years (but who’s counting?). In 2005 his first collection of short stories – Trouble in the Garden was published by Ginninderra Press and was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd award for short-stories and won the 2005 ACT Publishing and Writing Award. In 2006, Peter also won the Katharine Susannah Pritchard award for Science Fiction Fantasy writing and received a LongLines Fellowship at the Varuna Writers Centre in Katoomba. His new collection — Not a flotation device — will be published by Ginninderra Press early in 2007.is a writer from the ACT.
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The 2007 Island of Residencies program is presented by the Tasmanian Writers' Centre, with the support of Copyright Agency LimitedArts Tasmania, the City of Hobart, the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government peak arts funding and advisory body, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, and Burnie City Council.

 

2006 Writers in Residence were...

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MITCHELL JOE won Australia’s first national poetry slam, ABC Radio National’s “The Deep End National Poetry Slam”, in November 2004. He represented Australia at the 2005 Poetry World Slampionships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he finished in 5th place, smiling. In December 2005, he released his first poetry CD, “MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS”. You can read, hear, and watch his poems on his website, www.mitchelljoe.com. He currently lives in Canberra, where he is a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Program of the Research School for Social Sciences at the Australian National University. (But what he really wants you to know is that once he saw a rainbow in the middle of a moonlit night.).

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KEN MCGOOGAN is a globe-trotting ex-journalist who survived shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, chased the ghost of Jane Lady Franklin from England to Tasmania, and placed a commemorative plaque on Boothia Peninsula in the High Arctic. His eight books include three on exploration. The recently published Lady Franklin's Revenge, hailed in Canada as "an unforgettable book," highlights Tasmania in 120 of its 420 pages. Ancient Mariner was reviewed as "the definitive biography" of eighteenth-century explorer Samuel Hearne. And the bestseller Fatal Passage: The Untold Story of John Rae, won four awards, among them the Writers' Trust of Canada Award for Biography, the Canadian Authors' Association History Award, and an American Christopher Award for a work of artistic excellence that "affirms the highest values of the human spirit." Ken has taught French in Dar es Salaam and Narrative Nonfiction in Toronto, and recently conducted workshops in eight Canadian cities on Writing as a Profession.

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MARIKO NAGAI was born in Tokyo but has lived in Europe and America most of her life, earning a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with poetry concentration from New York University, where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Poetry Fellow. Her translation, poetry, and fiction have appeared in American literary journals such as Asian Pacific American Journal, the Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review and other journals, and have received the Pushcart Prize both in poetry (1998) and fiction (2001).

Mariko has received numerous awards and fellowships for her writing from art foundations and writers' conferences such as Breadloaf Writers Conference, Art Omi/Ledig House, La Napoule Art Foundation, to name few. My writing has been praised as possessing "the linguistic gifts to become a true poet" (Philip Levine) and "gifted with unusual insight and exciting and graceful language... one feels in her a deep commitment to poetic tradition" (Galway Kinnell). Trained as a poet, she also writes fiction - both for adults as well as children. She is the Director of the Writing Programs at Temple University Japan, where she teach Japanese literature and Creative Writing, and where she has received the Teacher of the Year Award twice (2004, 2005).

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EMILY MAGUIRE was born in Canberra in 1976, but grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. A high-school drop-out, Emily spent her teens and early twenties working in a series of retail outlets and call centres for just long enough to fund her next overseas expedition. Emily eventually managed to stay at home long enough to complete her education, receiving a Master of Arts in English literature in 2005, and to write two novels.
Emily’s first novel, Taming the Beast, a darkly sexual coming-of-age story described by The Age as ‘thought-provoking and searing,’ has been translated into ten languages. Her second novel, The Gospel According to Luke, a contemporary love story set against a backdrop of religious terrorism and urban decay, will be published in August 2006.
Emily’s articles and essays on sex, religion, culture and literature have been published in newspapers and magazines including The Observer, The Sydney Morning Herald and Good Reading. Emily now lives in Sydney’s inner west where she divides her time between teaching English and writing.

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JURA LAURENCE FEARNLEY was born in New Zealand in 1963 and spent the first few years of  her life in the mid Canterbury rural town of Fairlie before moving to Christchurch.  She studied at the University of Canterbury, obtaining a BA in Art History and American Studies and a MA in American Studies , before moving to Wellington where she worked for several years as the  Curator at the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.  A period of overseas travel followed, more work in Art Museums (The Robert McDougall in Christchurch, The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, Te Papa Project Office , Wellington) interspersed with more travel: spending large amounts of time in France.  As a result she wrote her first novel, The Sound of her Body (Hazard Press, 1998) . In 1997 she was admitted to the M.A in Creative Writing Course at Victoria University in Wellington.  Shortly after this, she married and moved with her husband to Würzburg, Germany where she lived for four years, writing Room (Victoria University Press, 2000?) and Delphine's Run (Penguin, 2003). Room was short listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2001.  Returning to New Zealand in 2002 she completed Butler's Ringlet (Penguin 2004).
In the summer of 2004 she was awarded the New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellowship and travelled to the Antarctic in January 2004.  As a result of this residency she completed her fifth novel, Degrees of Separation, which will be published by Penguin in April 2006.  She returned to the Antarctic in December 2005 and plans to write a series of short stories and poetry.
She has had short stories published in Sport, Radio New Zealand and various anthologies including, The Wide White Page: Writers imagine Antarctica (ed. Bill Manhire), The Picnic Virgin (ed. Emily Perkins) and Great Sporting Moments (ed. Damien Wilkins).  Laurence lives in Dunedin with her husband and four year old son.

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MARK MORDUE is a writer, journalist and editor. Born in 1960 and raised in Newcastle, NSW he spent a large portion of his teenage years growing up in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula of Arnhem Land. He would later reconnect to this experience in his late 20s and 30s touring the Northern Territory repeatedly with Aboriginal rock ‘n’ roll bands and Melbourne landscape painters.
These "Westie" and outback influences were to combine with his immersion in the Sydney post-punk music scene - where he made an impact as one of the leading rock journalists of the day - to affect a writing style that is often categorized as ‘New Journalism’.
Locally Mark’s work has appeared in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Elle, GQ, HQ and The Big Issue, as well as the literary journals HEAT, Meanjin, Eureka Street and Overland.
Mark’s stories have gone on to be published internationally in The Nation, Planet, Salon, Interview, Madison and Speak in the USA, The Wire, Melody Maker and Sight + Sound in the UK and Purple in France.
He was awarded a 1992 Human Rights Media Award for his journalism and was the 2001 Asialink writer-in-residence at Beijing University. Mark was also the founding editor of the arts, fashion and pop culture magazine Australian Style (1992-97).
Allen & Unwin published his first book Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip in late 2001. It is a loosely woven collection of travel pieces that incorporates elements of New Journalism, impressionistic glimpses, poetry, portrait pieces, even a dream, to paint the larger picture of a love story and a journey across the planet.  Upon release, Dastgah spent four weeks in the Sydney Morning Herald Non-Fiction Best Seller List and was short-listed for the 2002 Qantas/City of Brisbane Asia-Pacific Travel Writing Award. Film director Wim Wenders acclaimed it as the first book of its kind to take the road genre "into the 21st Century.
Mark currently teaches Creative Non-Fiction and Narrative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He continues to freelance internationally and has been invited to guest edit a one-off edition of Meanjin for 2006. He is also developing a novel. Dastgah is was recently published by Hawthorne Books in the USA.

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Originally from Brisbane, ALICE ADDISON followed up a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Screen Production from the Queensland College of Art. She moved to Sydney in 1999 to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and graduated in 2000 with a Master of Arts in Scriptwriting.   Since then, she has worked as assistant to a producer, an assistant script editor, and a freelance script assessor. These days, she spends most of her time writing.
In 2005 Alice co-wrote The Silence, a two-part mini-series produced by Jan Chapman for ABC-TV. Alice’s other writing credits include the Channel 10 series The Cooks, as well as two episodes of the six-part Chapman Pictures mini-series RAN (Remote Area Nurse), made for SBS and shot entirely on location on Masig Island in the Torres Straits in 2004.  While at AFTRS, she wrote short-films Bias, Grace and Left Lane Ends.
Alice is currently working on a number of feature projects, and in 2006 will be writer in residence, as part of the Tasmanian Writers' Centre’s Island of Residencies program to work on a filmscript adaptation of Julia Leigh’s novel The Hunter

JACQUELINE TURNER is in Launceston as poet-in-residence with the Tasmanian Writers Centre, and to participate in the Tasmanain Poetry Festival. She teaches creative writing at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and critical writing at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She will be teaching an online creative writing course for students in Canada during her residency. She has published three books of poetry: Into the Fold (ECW Press, 2000), Careful (ECW Press, 2003), and Seven into Even, which will be launched at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. She co-edits a literary webzine called “The News,” writes poetry reviews for The Georgia Straight, and is involved with the gallery Artspeak, whose mandate is to build connections between writers and artists. In 2005, she was the State Government of Queensland’s inaugural poet-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane.

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PADDY O'REILLY is a fiction and screenplay writer. She has won a number of major national short story prizes and her work has been published widely in literary magazines as well as anthologised. Her novel, The Factory, published in October 2005, was listed as one of the best books of 2005 in ABR. She has written scripts for films which have been nominated for AFI awards and screened nationally and internationally. Paddy has been Asialink writer-in-residence in Japan, a fellow at Varuna the Writers' House, and a full fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, USA.
 
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KIM MAHOOD is the author of Craft for a Dry Lake, which was short-listed for a number of non-fiction awards, winning the 2000 Age Book of the year, the 2001 NSW Premier¹s Award and the 2001 Dobbie award. She is also a practising artist with work held in state, territory and regional collections. Kim has published work in Meanjin, Eureka St, Island, Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Stories, and has written for the Melbourne Age, the Bulletin, Art Monthly, Artlink and the Australian Book Review. She has been a resident at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, at Varuna in the Blue Mountains, and in 2005 participated in the Djerassi Resident Artist¹s program in California. In 2004 she received an Australia Council Literature Grant, and is currently working on a novel. She lives near Braidwood in NSW, teaching part time at the Institute of Art at ANU, and spends several months each year in the Tanami and Great Sandy Desert region, working in association with Aboriginal communities and cattle stations.



The 2006 Island of Residencies program is presented by the Tasmanian Writers' Centre, with the support of Arts Tasmania, the City of Hobart, the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government peak arts funding and advisory body, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, and Burnie City Council.


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