The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, sponsored by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, offers support for emerging or established Australian writers working in any literary genre, to develop new work creatively using or inspired by our collections.

2018

Liam Pieper

Bittereinder

The 2018 Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing has been awarded to Liam Pieper, whose debut novel The Toymaker (Penguin Australia) was published to critical acclaim in 2016.  Liam’s new work explores the story of Indigenous Australian soldiers who fought for the British Empire in the Boer War, and the shift in their standing from the battlefield to return to an emergent White Australia.  Liam’s fiction investigates 'intersections between Australian experience and global socio-politics’ and he will draw inspiration for his historical novel ‘Bittereinder’ by researching the Library’s archival collections, sheet music and official records of war.

 

2017

Dr Michelle Aung Thin 

Cosmopolitan Rangoon through the eyes of Gordon Luce. Or, how the politics of authenticity shape the intimate.

The 2017 Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing was awarded to Dr Michelle Aung Thin to assist her develop a novel about contemporary Myanmar and colonial Burma, using the remarkable Gordon Luce collection: Cosmopolitan Rangoon through the eyes of Gordon Luce. Or, how the politics of authenticity shape the intimate. Dr Thin is a lecturer in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University and her first novel The Monsoon Bride was published in 2011 by Text Publishing.

 Michelle in front of a slide for her presentation

2016

Paul Daley

Research on postcolonial frontier settlement and scientific exploring expeditions for a novel about black and white politics in Australia

Paul Daley, wearing a blue shirt and blue jacket, standing in front of the wood paneling in the conference room