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Tasmania is the Island of Residencies!

In 2007 the Tasmanian Writers' Centre received many high quality applications from Australian and international writers for our 2007 Island of Residencies program.
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In 2008, the following Australian writers will be part of the CAL Residencies, part of the TWC's Island of Residencies program.

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ANGELA BETZIEN is an award-winning playwright. Her work has received several professional and independent productions, including Dog Wins Lotto (Queensland Theatre Company, 1997) Playboy of the Working Class (Queensland Theatre Company, 2001) The Kingswood Kids (La Boite Theatre, 2002) The Orphanage Project (Queensland Theatre Company, 2003) Children of the Black Skirt (Real TV, 2005) and Hoods (Sydney Opera House & Regional Arts Victoria, 2006) Angela is currently developing a new play for young audiences in collaboration with Arena Theatre and Sydney Opera House. Girl Who Cried Wolf will premiere in May 2008 at ASSITEJ, the International Festival for Young People in Adelaide and tour to the Sydney Opera House and The Arts Centre (Melbourne). Her play Hoods was recently awarded an AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences as well as the inaugural Richard Wherrett Prize for Excellence in Playwriting.  

 

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EMMA HARDMAN grew up in Newtown, Sydney. After spending several years surfing, writing and generally stuffing about in Byron Bay and Batemans Bay, Emma now lives in Canberra. She has worked as a waitress, receptionist, secretary, ski instructor, au pair, cleaner, and at a baby animal farm (no, not as a baby animal). More recently, Emma has worked as an editor, proofreader, indexer, writer and writing teacher, and currently works part-time as an editor at Hansard, Parliament House. The rest of the time she sleeps, reads, writes, watches tellie, teaches writing, facilitates reading groups, surfs, and wishes the weather was colder. Emma's first novel, Nine Parts Water, published in August 2007 by University of QLD Press, is a 'literary surf novel', and was a runner up in the 2006 ABC Fiction Award. Emma is working on her second novel, a psychological thriller set in suburbia. 

 

 

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MICHAEL JACOBSON was born in Launceston in 1961 and began his journalism career with The Examiner Newspaper in 1980. He moved to the Gold Coast in 1989 and is a senior feature writer and columnist with The Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper.
Michael's first novel, Windmill Hill, was published by Hodder in 2002. Based on Michael's grandfather, it is a story of family, love and redemption spanning 80 years, and is set on the battlefields of the Western Front during World War I and the rugged west coast of Tasmania. As well as being critically acclaimed and earning best-seller status in Australia, Windmill Hill was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, the world's richest literary prize, and the Tasmania Prize. Michael's second novel, Always East, was also critically acclaimed. Set on Tasmania's east coast, it tells the story of ambition gone
awry, the power of friendship and the wonder of love. Michael is currently working on his third novel, which will be set in Launceston around the time of the 1929 floods. Michael is married with two children, a dog, two cats and five guitars.
 

 

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JUSTIN FLEMING  has been a Vice-President of The Australian Writers' Guild and a board member of The Australian National Playwrights' Centre. His works have been produced and published in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Poland and France. Justin's plays include Hammer (Ensemble/Festival of Sydney); The Cobra (Sydney Theatre Company/Melbourne Theatre Company/Wilton Morley Productions, starring Sir Robert Helpmann and Mark Lee), Harold In Italy (Sydney Theatre Company / Teatr Studijni, Lodz, Poland); Burnt Piano (Belvoir Company B Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company/Herbert Berghof Theater New York, Mainstage Hobart/Dallas Theater Centre/France Australia Theatre, Paris/Centaur Theatre, Montréal), Coup d’Etat (Melbourne Theatre Company/Western Canada Theatre Company), Kangaroo (Square Brackets Theatre) and Junction (NIDA). The Department Store won the inaugural Mitch Mathews Award at Parnassus' Den Theatre Company.  As librettist, Justin collaborated on The Ninth Wonder (STC), the English Tour and London season of Crystal Balls (Compact Opera/Sadler's Wells) and TESS of the D'Urbervilles (The Savoy Theatre, London).  Justin was librettist on Satango, (Griffin Theatre Co/Riverside Theatres). Justin translated Moliere's Tartuffe (The Hypocrite) (Melbourne Theatre Company 2008) and in 2007, he was awarded the Writer's Residency at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon, where he wrote Origin, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

 

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KEN SPILLMAN has been writing for publication since his schooldays and completed an award-winning history of Subiaco before the age of 25.  He is the author of 19 books, including the acclaimed works of fiction, Blue (Fremantle Press, 1999) and Love is a UFO (Pan Macmillan, 2007).  Magpie Mischief (Fremantle Press, 2002), a children’s novel co-written by Jon Doust, was shortlisted for Wilderness Society Environment Award and a Young Readers’ Book Award in 2003.   Dr Spillman has edited or co-edited five collections of writing, among them the much-reprinted The Greatest Game (William Heinemann, 1988) and Fathers in Writing (Tuart House, 1997), which received a Top 5 listing in The Australian critics’ Books of the Year.  Spillman’s other published work includes poetry, short stories, criticism, sports writing, and scripts, and the US reference work Contemporary Authors has issued a detailed entry on his career.  He frequently conducts workshops, is an examiner for higher degrees in creative writing, and has assessed manuscripts for three publishers. 

 

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LEONIE NORRINGTON's books have been shortlisted for many national awards, including the NSW, SA and WA premier's prizes. Her first novel, 'The Barrumbi Kids' was honour book in the Children's Book Council  awards. Leonie was born in Darwin and grew up at Barunga community in southern Arnhem Land. ‘I am interested in the places where cultures and languages meet,’ she says.  ‘Especially how people use language and story to bridge cultural differences or to make statements about their separateness.’ She writes in a mix of English, Kriol and Language and her characterisation vivid and totally believable. Leonie works fulltime as an author, writing, visiting schools, running workshops and presenting at literary festivals throughout Australia and Asia. She also works as a journalist for ABC TV and Gardening Australia Magazine.

 

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STEPHEN HOUSE has seen 15 plays and 3 short films produced. He is commissioned often and directs much of his work. His plays have been produced & toured nationally and internationally. He has won many awards for his work including AWGIE awards from The Australian Writers Guild in 2002 & 2004, a 2000 Adelaide Fringe Award and many press awards. Shortlisted – 2002 Patrick White Award, 2006 Queensland Premier Drama award.Stephen has received international literature residencies from The Australia Council to Canada and Ireland and in 2007 an Asia-link literature residency for India. He has received a skills development through The Australia Council to Chicago USA. He has publicly read and performed his monologues nationally and internationally. 2005 – 2007 House saw 5 new commissioned plays produced: Miss Blossom Callahann (ABC Radio National & Bakehouse Theatre SA) A Thing Called Snake (Adelaide Festival Centre’s In Space program)Vin (Jigsaw Theatre Canberra & for Adelaide Come Out Youth Festival 2007)Just Like That (Radio Adelaide / Bakehouse), Meeting Reg (Commissioned by Hepatitis Australia and to tour nationally in 2008). In December ‘07 House directed The Whyalla Monologues (d faces theatre of youth Whyalla / Country Arts SA) and in 2008 he will direct two world premieres of new works.    

With the support of the Hobart City Council and Arts Tasmania, a Writer's Residency has also been offered to one international author.

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JONATHAN MAGNUS LEDGARD is a Scottish novelist and author of the acclaimed 2006 novel, Giraffe. An international bestseller, Giraffe was published in Australia by Jonathan Cape and has since been widely translated. The novel uses the true story of the killing of a herd of giraffes at a zoo behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to examine notions of captivity and suffering. The lyrical style has been compared to W.G. Sebald, Italo Calvino, and T.S. Eliot. Ledgard was born in the Shetland Islands, in 1968, and educated in England, Scotland, and America. He has been an award-winning foreign correspondent for The Economist since 1995, specialising in political and war reporting. He covered the Balkan wars in the early 1990s and has since been based in Moscow, Los Angeles, Austin, Prague, and Kabul. He is presently Africa correspondent of The Economist, based in Nairobi. In addition to writing, Ledgard has a strong interest in wilderness preservation. He has travelled widely in the Arctic and is working to create a new national park in Afghanistan. Ledgard is a contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and other journals. and has lectured widely on writing and politics.


The 2008 Island of Residencies program is presented by the Tasmanian Writers' Centre, with the support of Copyright Agency LimitedArts Tasmania, the City of Hobart, and Burnie City Council.

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