The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies and fellowships. This is a unique program specifically for writers, currently one of only three in Australia. We currently offer placements in the categories of Established; NextGen; Emerging; Scholarship; Established; CALD Fellowship; Foundation Fellowship; 1st Edition Fellowship; and regular Fellowships. Our legacy of Writers-in-Residence spans almost 30 years and has produced hundreds of literary awards and publications across several genres as a result. For a full list of our Alumni of writers, please see here.
Despite a recent loss of funding, KSP is committed to continuing the program, with the support of the Shire of Mundaring and Friends of Katharine.
Meet KSP's 2019 Writers-in-Residence
Ilka teaches fiction at RMIT University. Her first novel, Skin, was published in eight countries and was nominated for the Voss Literary Prize and the Aurealis Awards in 2016. Songwoman is her second novel and will be published in the UK, Germany and Denmark. Ilka lives on five acres in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.
For 40 years Les has been a substantial figure in the Australian literary community. He has been a guest at most of the nation’s literary festivals, toured widely and been published in over 350 different newspapers, anthologies and magazines. Equally well known is his work as a publisher and editor.
His most recent publications are Guide to Sydney Rivers & To End All Wars (P&W, 2018).
Susi Fox is a crime and thriller writer and regional GP. Her first novel, a psychological thriller titled Mine, was published in 2018 by Penguin Australia and internationally.
She is currently immersed in writing her second novel.
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer of fiction and memoir. Her work draws on her lived experiences and those of the Turkish diaspora in Australia and beyond. She writes about the various inheritances entailed by diaspora, including and especially class and gender, intergenerational trauma, and ethnonationalism. She writes bilingually, in English and Turkish. You can read examples of her work in Australian and international publications.
Yen-Rong is a Brisbane-based writer, editor, and publisher. She is the founding editor of Pencilled In, a magazine devoted to publishing and championing the work of Asian Australian writers and artists. She is also writer of creative non-fiction, reviews, and personal essays. She has been published widely across 2016 and 2017, with bylines in The Guardian, Overland, Tincture Journal, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, and more.
Louise’s début novel, The Sisters’ Song, was published by Allen and Unwin in January 2018. In 2014, she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship and the manuscript was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award. Louise is the 2018 recipient of the Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award.
Meet KSP's 2019 Fellows
KSP's Fellows will reside at the Centre, two or three at a time, focussing on the progression of new work. They each receive a a welcome platter, subsidised stay, promotion, opportunity to network, and complimentary admission to KSP's writing groups, which also provides the opportunity for KSP's members to meet these wonderful aspiring and emerging writers.
Rachel Watts is an award-winning journalist and emerging writer. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Practice and teaches creative writing to teenagers and adults. Her work has been published in Westerly, Island, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among others. Her novella Survival was released in March 2018.
Tania Walker is an emerging author of fantasy, science fiction and post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. She lives in Tasmania with her husband and a small black cat. At any other time in history she probably would have been burned at the stake by now. Her short stories have been published in Andromeda Spaceways, PodCastle, and Reckoning.
For eight years Emma has been a journalist. She has won six WA Media Awards for her reporting.
But three years ago she decided it was time to pursue the real dream: writing fiction. She has two
completed manuscripts and is raring to go on the third.
Angela GardnerPublished Author Program
Angela is the author of seven poetry collections. Her work is published in 2018 in Blackbox Manifold, The Long Poem and Tears in the Fence, UK; West Branch and Yale Review USA; and Axon, Hecate and Rabbit. Her honours include a Churchill Fellowship and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.
Michelle SymesFoundation Fellow
Michelle has been published in the former Review of Australian Fiction as an emerging writer and selected to participate in the Westerly Writers Development Program. Michelle is writing a PhD novel related to themes of difference, compassion and belonging. She has a background in journalism, documentary creation and corporate communications.
Sid Walls was born in New Zealand, where she studied English Literature and Theatre
at Bachelor’s level. She lived in England and France before settling in Australia where
she studies and works in Urban Planning and the built environment. She writes in the
evenings, weekends, and the occasional lunch break.
Mark KeenanNew Writer Program
Mark is an engineer, a trail-runner, a father, and a husband. Mark is also a writer. He
loves words and the impact they have on people and communities. He writes across
a range of genres and written forms. Mark is currently working on his first full length
Karen WishartNew Writer Program
Karen is married with two adult children. She has been a primary school teacher for almost 20 years. As a quilt designer she has had over sixty original quilt projects published in Australia’s national quilting magazines. She lives in the Perth hills with her husband.
Helen Thurloe is a Perth-born author and poet, though she now lives in Sydney.
Her debut novel, Promising Azra, was shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s
Literary Awards. She is currently writing her second novel, a historical fiction set in
the malarial marshes of 18th Century England.
Sue MurrayPublished Author Program
Sue Murray is a writer, editor and educator best known for her plays, which include The Formal and Mirror, Mirror. Author of more than twenty books, Sue also has achieved international recognition for her EFL readers. She is from Perth but now lives in Sydney.
Scott-Patrick MitchellFirst Edition Fellow
Scott-Patrick Mitchell is a non-binary West Australian writer. SPM appears in Contemporary Australian Poetry, New Poets 1, Cordite, Southerly, Westerly, Overland as well as anthologies like Stories of Perth, Going Postal and Hashtag Queer. As a performance poet SPM has appeared at Queensland Poetry Festival and Unspoken Words in Sydney.
Ashley Goldberg is a Melbourne based writer. Ashley's fiction has appeared in Stockholm Review, Tincture Journal and F(r)iction among other journals. Ashley has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Ashley was longlisted for the 2017/18 Galley Beggar Press Prize and the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Adele Dumont’s writing has featured in journals including The Lifted Brow, Southerly,
and Griffith Review. In 2016, Hachette published No Man is an Island; an account of
her experiences teaching English to asylum seekers in detention. Adele lives in
Sydney, where she is at work on her second book.
Bill Wilkie’s first book, The Daintree Blockade, won the Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance at the Queensland Literary Awards in 2017. He has written for The Griffith Review, The Saturday Paper, Writing Queensland and Ecotone. He lives in far north Queensland.
Peta Shaw seeks to recognise distinctive moments in life¬¬--ecstatic, wretched, or anything be-tween--and tries to capture them in words. She’s a happily sociable and busy introvert with a passion for writing, music, pets, garden, and family. (The order depending on who is best be-haved at any given time.)
A Canberra public servant by day, by night Natalie writes fiction for children and
young adults as well as poetry. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel
about a boy who dances in his sleep. Natalie sings but doesn’t dance and lives with a
Kelly Van NelsonFirst Edition Fellow
Kelly Van Nelson lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London, Edinburgh, and Cape Town, before immigrating to Australia. Publication successes include poems, short stories, and magazine articles. Shortlisted PenFro, longlisted Exeter Novel Prize, placed third Yeovil Literary Prize. Represented by The Newman Agency.
Amanda GardinerFirst Edition Fellow
Amanda has been published in Westerly and Outskirts and was the winner of the 2014 Magdalena Prize for Research and the 2017 Lawrence Wilson Gallery Art Writing Prize. In 2018 she was awarded a place in the Australian Feminist Studies Mentoring Programme and the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme.
Penny Gibson writes short fiction and poetry.
Her work has appeared in Shibboleth and Pigface, both published by Margaret River Press, The Big Issue Fiction edition, Forty South and Sala (Mansfield).
Her work has been highly
commended in the Southern Cross Short Story Award, and Boroondara Literary Awards.
Kathy Sharpe is a writer living on the south coast of NSW who works for Fairfax Media’s regional publishing arm as a consulting editor. This immersion in regional community life informs Kathy’s fiction writing, in the novella and short story form.
Tracey GregoryFirst Edition Fellow
Tracey Gregory is a writer, reader, tea drinker and former journalist living in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, two children and dog. She is currently working on her first novel.
Kate Murdoch’s short-form fiction has been published in literary journals in Australia, UK, US and Canada.
Her debut, Stone Circle, is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It was released by Fireship Press in December 2017.
Her second novel, The Orange Grove, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019.
WA writer Molly Schmidt has chased her passion for storytelling around the world. She was recipient of the MEAA’s Outstanding Journalism Student Award of 2017 and the Elizabeth Jolley Memorial Scholarship of 2013. Her style is distinctly Australian and her poignant writing aches with nostalgia and hopeful wonder.
Born in Canberra, Elanna has also lived in Perth and rural NSW. Her prose collection Frieda and the Cops won the Marian Eldridge Award for Aspiring Women Writers (2001). She placed second in the Ethel Webb Blundell Literary Award (2018). Recent poetry is in Meniscus, Australian Poetry Anthology and Westerly.
Annie Barrett is a Byron Bay writer and counsellor. She writes nonfiction and her
recent work is published in Grieve Anthologies. She was awarded a Byron Writers
Festival residential mentorship in 2015 and was selected for the ACT HARDCOPY
program. Annie facilitates local and interstate ‘writing for wellbeing’ groups.
Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald
and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs.
She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian
Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications
including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist and was nominated for a Walkley Award.
Christina Houen completed an MCA (2002) and a PhD 2009) at Curtin University. In 2006, with a co-editor, she published an anthology of Australian women’s writing:
Hidden Desires: Australian Women Writing (Ginninderra Press). Her memoir of
childhood, This Place You Know, is to be published by Ginninderra Press in 2019.
Emily SunCALD Fellow
E.J Sun was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Perth. She has been published in various journals and anthologies including Hecate, Westerly and Growing up Asian in Australia. She attended KSP’s 1st Edition Retreat in 2018 and has a MA in English and Creative Arts from Murdoch University.
Madeleine JohnsNew Writer Program
Madeleine Johns is a writer and obsessive reader who lives in Canberra. She is in a never-ending battle to own enough bookshelves to fit all her books. If she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading (most likely with
a cup of tea and her cat
on her lap!)