Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2017 Finalists

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

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.