Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work.
The annual award commemorates the work of Hazel Rowley (1951-2011), one of the world’s leading biographers, who left behind a legacy of great writing, a passion for words and for exploring the lives and relationships of exceptional men and women.
The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship supports Australian writers of biography, and extends to include a writer who is working on an aspect of cultural or social history. The Fellowship awards $15,000 to writers.
The shortlisted writers are:
Peter Edwards for a biography of Robert Marsden Hope
Thornton McCamish for a work exploring the life of actor Robert Hughes
Craig Munro for Literary Lions, a ‘group portrait’ of A G Stephens, P R ‘Inky’ Stephensen, Beatrice Davis and Kenneth Slessor
Anne Maree Priest for a biography of poet Gwen Harwood
Judith Pugh for a biography of William Dargie titled Artist in a Suit
Suzanne Spunner for a work on the life of Indigenous artist Rover Thomas
Terri-ann White for a biography of epidemiologist Fiona Stanley, as told through key objects.
The fellowship, which increases its cash prize to $15,000 this year, will be judged by biographers Jenny Hocking and Arnold Zable, Rowley’s friend and co-initiator of the fellowship Lynn Buchanan, and Rowley’s sister Della. The winner will be announced at an event at Adelaide Writers’ Week on 4 March.