News and Events

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.

Fellowship winner shortlisted for awards

The Hazel Rowley Literary Committee is pleased to announce that our 2014 winner, Maxine Beneba Clarke, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry for her collection Carrying the World. Maxine was also shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction for The Hate Race. Maxine’s book The Hate Race has also been shortlisted for the Indie Prize, and shortlisted for the Stella Prize.

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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.

Suzanne, Ann-Marie & Maxine

Suzanne Spunner, Ann-Marie Priest, Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Ann-Marie at podium

Ann-Marie Priest

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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.

Janine Burke, Stephany Steggall, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Caroline Baum

Janine Burke, Stephany Steggall, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Caroline Baum

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Janine Burke, Caroline Baum, Stephany Steggall, Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Della Rowley and Matthew Lamb

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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.

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Caroline Baum, David Marr and Della Rowley

Audience at the 2015 Adelaide Writers Week Fellowship announcement.

Audience at Writers Week

Crowd at Writers Week.

Crowd at Writers Week

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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.

2014 Fellowship winner Maxine Beneba Clarke and 2012 winner Mary Hoban.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (left) and Mary Hoban.

Della and Maxine 2014 Salon event

Maxine Beneba Clarke and Della Rowley

At the 2014 Fellowship award in Melbourne, from left, Fellowship judge Janine Burke, Fellowship winner Maxine Beneba Clarke, Della Rowley and Fellowship judge Jim Davidson.

From left: Janine Burke, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Della Rowley, Jim Davidson.

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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.

At the 2013 Fellowship announcement at the Adelaide Writers Week, from left, Alex Miller, Della Rowley and Stephany Steggall.

Alex Miller, Della Rowley and Stephany Steggall

Alex Miller.

Alex Miller

Stephany Steggall

Stephany Steggall

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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.

At the 2012 Fellowship announcement, from left, Della Rowley, Mary , Lynn Buchanan and Irene Tomaszewski.

Della Rowley, Mary Hoban, Lynn Buchanan and Rene Tomaszewski

Jim Davidson, Alex Miller, Fiona Gruber (MC).

Jim Davidson, Alex Miller, Fiona Gruber (MC)

Mary Hoban.

Mary Hoban