The recipients of the Library's 2017 Creative Fellowships and summer scholarships have been announced, with topics as diverse as modern dance, Indigenous oral histories and colonial Rangoon to be explored and researched using the Library's collections to develop novels, plays, biographies, histories and theses.

The 2017 Creative Arts Fellows are playwright Timothy Daly, awarded the Friends of the National Library Creative Arts Fellowship to develop a new Australian play, and Dr Michell Aung Thin, awarded the Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing to write a novel about contemporary Myanmar and colonial Burma using the Library's remarkable Gordon Luce collection. 

The Library's summer scholarships for 2017, supporting younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research, have been awarded to Lucas Smith from Monash University, Averyl Gaylor from La Trobe University, Sadie Heckenberg from Swinburne University and Samuel Cottell from the University of Sydney.