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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows 2013 Announced

Read Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013

It’s always nice to have new neighbours. And we’re especially thrilled to welcome the ten new writers who’ll be moving into the Wheeler Centre Hot Desks in the first half of 2013.

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With the generous support of The Readings Foundation, the recipients of our Hot Desk Fellowships will be offered a $1000 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a two month period, as well as in-kind support from the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations.

The fellows were selected from nearly 200 applications, by a selection panel that included representatives from the Wheeler Centre and all of our resident organisations: Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, SPUNC, Australian Poetry, Express Media, Writers Victoria and Melbourne PEN.

‘We were pleased – and just a little overwhelmed! – by the number of applications we received, so many of them really compelling,’ said Donica Bettanin, programming co-ordinator at the Wheeler Centre. ‘After a tough selection process, everyone here is looking forward to welcoming the successful writers and to learning more about their projects.’

Applications for the second two intakes for 2013 will open later in the year.

Intake 1, from Monday 11 February – Friday 19 April

Penelope Chai, Pack Savage (film script)
Martin McKenzie-Murray, A Murder Without Motive (non-fiction)
Wahibe Moussa, In the Garden (play)
Kirsty Murray, The Year It All Ended (YA novel)
Dominic Gordon, Bright City (novella)

Intake 2, from Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July

Angie Hart, Hurry Up and Wait (memoir)
Pepi Ronalds, Untitled, (non-fiction)
L.K. Holt, This is Mars (poetry)
Meleesha Bardolia, Waiting Upon Arrival (novella)
Fatima Measham, No Shit (essay)

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