Entries are open for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The annual fellowship commemorates the work of Hazel Rowley (1951-2011), a leading biographer with a passion for words and exploring the lives and relationships of prominent men and women. Her family established the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund with Australian Communities Foundation to commemorate her life by supporting Australian writers with funds for travel and research.
The $15,000 fellowship was recently described by Jane Sullivan in The Age as possibly the ‘greatest boon to Australian biography today’. ‘Big literary biographies cost big bucks, and there’s not necessarily a big return for author or publisher, so the advances are rarely generous. Somehow the biographer has to pay for research, travel, interviews, and setting aside time to collate masses of material’.
The fellowship is open to Australian citizens with a focus on biography or social and cultural history. Preference is given to projects that are about ‘risk-taking’ and expanding horizons, promote discussion of ideas, and make a significant contribution to public intellectual life.
You can find out more about Hazel Rowley’s work and the fellowship on the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund website.
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