2018 Hazel Rowley Fellowship winner announced
The winner of the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship is Jacqueline Kent who is writing a biography of Australian suffragist Vida Goldstein (1869-1949). Jacqueline, who has also written biographies of Julia Gillard and Hephzibah Menuhin, was announced as the 2018 Fellowship winner at a sold-out event at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 8 March 2018. It was particularly fitting to make this announcement on International Women’s Day as Vida Goldstein was a tireless political campaigner and advocate for votes for women. She stood for the Senate in 1903, the first year that women could vote and stand for Parliament in Australia. For more information, visit the Fellowship page.
The announcement followed the Hazel Rowley Memorial Lecture given by Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking, the award-winning biographer of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Jenny’s talk was on ‘The Politics of Biography’. In her talk she discussed her attempts to obtain the release of letters between Sir John Kerr and the Palace, including her recent Federal Court action against the National Archives. Jenny’s latest book is The Dismissal Dossier: Everything you were never meant to know about November 1975 – the Palace connection.
Special Hazel Rowley Award
At the same event at the Wheeler Centre on 8 March 2018 the Hazel Rowley judges also gave a Special Award of an equal amount ($15,000) to writer Drusilla Modjeska as a recognition of her contribution to the art of biography and memoir over many years, spanning personal memoir and more traditional biography. Drusilla has been a great innovator in her writing, with books such as Poppy, The Orchard and Stravinsky’s Lunch. Drusilla is currently working on the second instalment of her memoir, to be called ‘First Half Second’.
US Hazel Rowley Prize awarded
On 27 May 2017 the Biographers International Organisation (BIO) awarded the third Hazel Rowley Prize for Best Proposal from a First-time Biographer to Diana Parsell, who is working on a biography of intrepid American traveller Eliza Scidmore.
Memorial Lectures and Fellowship announcement events
|2018 Fellowship announcement on 8 March, with Jenny Hocking giving the 2018 Hazel Rowley memorial lecture on ‘The Politics of Biography’. The 2018 fellowship winner was Jacqueline Kent and a special award went to Drusilla Modjeska.|
|2017 Fellowship announcement at Adelaide Writers Week, 9 March, with Maxine Beneba Clarke giving the 2017 Hazel Rowley memorial lecture. The 2017 fellowship winner was Ann-Marie Priest and a highly-commended award went to Suzanne Spunner.|
|2016 Fellowship announcement at the ‘Art of Biography’ panel discussion at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, 9 March. The 2016 Fellowship winner was Matthew Lamb.|
|2015 Fellowship announcement at Adelaide Writers Week, 4 March, with David Marr giving the Hazel Rowley memorial lecture. The 2015 Fellowship winner was Caroline Baum.|
|2014 Fellowship announcement at the Writers Victoria Biography Salon, with Janine Burke and Jim Davidson, 11 March in Melbourne. The 2014 Fellowship winner was Maxine Beneba Clarke.|
|2013 Fellowship announcement at Adelaide Writers Week, 6 March, with Alex Miller giving the Hazel Rowley memorial lecture. The 2013 Fellowship winner was Stephany Evans Steggall.|
|2012 Fellowship announcement at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, 14 March, following a panel discussion with Alex Miller and Jim Davidson about biography and writing. The 2012 Fellowship winner was Mary Hoban.|