2016 NSW Writers Fellowship awarded

Photo of 2016 Writers Fellowship recipient, Anwen Crawford

Photo of 2016 Writers Fellowship recipient, Anwen Crawford

Promising young writer Anwen Crawford has been awarded this year’s NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Early Career) worth $30,000 to further develop her literary talents.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Kevin Anderson congratulated Ms Crawford on this fellowship and said it will provide a great opportunity to further her literary career.

“Ms Crawford has wanted to be a writer since she first held a pencil and scratched out her name as a four-year-old and now she’s writing for some of the world’s biggest publications,” Mr Anderson said.

“Through this fellowship we’re supporting the great work of writers like Anwen to boost the State’s strong literary profile.

“I recently had the pleasure of attending the Sydney Writers Festival and was highly impressed by the diversity and quality of writing talent being showcased.

“As the festival highlights, NSW is home to some of Australia’s most dynamic literary voices.”

The NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Early Career) enables early stage writers to undertake self-directed programs of professional development to acquire new skills, knowledge and networks through learning opportunities.

Anwen will undertake self-directed research involving visits to literary collections in Australia and the United States to develop a book on popular music, and attend conferences and writers’ festivals to develop new literary and publishing networks. She will also take up a week-long residency at Varuna, the National Writers House in the Blue Mountains, to develop a book manuscript based on her research, Strike Curious Poses, and will be required to deliver a public presentation.

 Anwen’s work to date includes as music critic for The Monthly magazine; a contributor of thought-provoking essays to The New Yorker, Overland, Meanjin and Australian Book Review; and author of Live Through This published by Bloomsbury.

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Published: 6 June 2016