Hazel Rowley fellow wins award and is shortlisted for other awards
The Hazel Rowley Literary Committee is pleased to announce that our 2014 winner, Maxine Beneba Clarke, won the Multicultural NSW Award for The Hate Race in the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Maxine also won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry for her collection Carrying the World. In 2017 Maxine’s book The Hate Race was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, the Indie Prize, the Stella Prize and the ABIA Biography Book of the Year.
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.
2017 Fellowship winner announced
Ann-Marie Priest was announced as the winner of the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week on 9 March 2017. The announcement followed the Hazel Rowley Memorial Lecture, given by Maxine Beneba Clarke, the 2014 recipient of the Fellowship for her memoir The Hate Race.
Ann-Marie will use the $15,000 Fellowship to write a biography of Australian poet Gwen Harwood (1920-1995).
New Highly-commended award
For the first time, in 2017 the Fellowship has also made a highly-commended award of $3,000 to Suzanne Spunner (Victoria), who is writing a biography of East Kimberley artist Rover Thomas.
Memorial Lectures and Fellowship announcement events
|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.|