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; UpComing; Emerging; Scholarship; Established; and 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 the loss of long-term annual state government funding in 2015, KSP is committed to continuing the program with the support of the local government authority the Shire of Mundaring and Friends of Katharine.
Meet KSP's 2021 Writers-in-Residence
Suzanne Ingelbrecht is an award-winning Australian playwright and a previous KSP Emerging Writer-in-Residence. Her performed and published plays include Fragmented, Blusher (a Maj Monologues Finalist), Breathe Out and I Breathe You In and the memoir play PRESENTES!, which is also available in Spanish. She is very much looking forward to writing a new play on pandemics and survival during the period of her 2021 residency.
Matthew Chrulew is a Perth-based writer, researcher, basketball coach, and postrock enthusiast. He has published two dozen short stories, most recently in Stories of Perth, Cosmos, and Ecopunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures. His novella The Angælien Apocalypse was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. He works as a research fellow at Curtin University, where he teaches experimental writing.
Food for Thought Writer-in-Residence
Josephine Clarke has had poetry and short stories published in Australian journals including Westerly, Cordite and Southerly. Her work was featured in the ABR's States of Poetry WA, Series 2. Her first collection of poetry, Recipe for Risotto, was published by UWA Press in July 2020.
Eugen Bacon’s writing has won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and Copyright Agency Prize. Publications include Writing Speculative Fiction, Macmillan (2019). Claiming T-Mo, Meerkat Press (2019).
Bindy Pritchard is a Perth-based writer whose fiction has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals. Pritchard’s debut collection Fabulous Lives was published in 2019 by Margaret River Press and shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for an Emerging Writer.
Jay Anderson is a writer, editor, and arts worker. He managed Centre for Stories
queer storytelling project, Bright Lights, No City, and sits on their Board. Jay has been published by Margaret River Press and is currently completing a Masters in creative writing at Curtin University.
Eleanor is a writer, constant reader and writing teacher. She was born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia. Her first novel, What Was Left, came out in 2013 with Sleepers Publishing. Her second novel, Long Bay, was released in 2015. In 2018 her third novel, The Passengers, was published by Allen & Unwin. In 2022 her fourth novel, The Coast, is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin.
Carrie Cox is an award-winning senior journalist, educator and author based in Perth. After 20 years of writing news and features for various publications across Australia, Carrie wrote her first novel Afternoons With Harvey Beam, published by Fremantle Press in 2018. She is now working on her second novel.
Priya is a Western Australian poet, whose work explores the ideas of identity, place in the world and the use of language to break free from the structure and expectations of modern society. Her work has been featured in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review and The Tiger Moth Review and anthologies published by Night Parrot Press and the Centre for Stories. She has also performed as part of Melbourne’s Digital Writers Festival, the Perth Literature and Ideas Festival and Perth Poetry Festival.
Meet KSP's 2021 Fellows
(in alphabetical order)
Kim Aikman is a writer and artist, dedicated to novel-writing and print-making. She lives in Fremantle with her husband and four young children.
David Allan-Petale is a writer whose debut novel Locust Summer is set for publication with Fremantle Press in 2021. David worked a journalist for many years with the ABC in WA, and BBC World News and Al Jazeera in London. He now lives in Perth with his wife and daughters.
Carol is a member of KSP. She has written a series of short stories on the theme of Australian Gothic, almost finished her first novel and participated in Write-a-book-in-a-day for the past 10 years. A marriage and funeral celebrant for over 40 years, Carol has a great love of storytelling.
Christine is a Melbourne fiction writer. Her debut historical novel 'No Small Shame' was published by Ventura Press (Impact Press) 2020. In 2019, Christine was awarded the HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency. She is a Varuna Alumni and holds a Master of Creative Writing (RMIT).
Samuel Elliott is a Sydney-based author and interviewer of debut novelists. His work has appeared in The Southerly, Verandah, and The Big Issue, among others.
Lindsay is Perth born and raised. While her profession is advertising and marketing, her passion is writing. Having three young children, and being a child once herself, Lindsay has always had a great love of children’s books, both reading and writing them.
Ashley is the author of How to Be Australian and My Name Is Revenge, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards and the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more.
Gabriel Maddock is currently completing her PhD project entitled White City: A History of Place, which investigates the layered identity of Perth’s first modern amusement park. Her work explores the hidden histories of people who went to or performed at White City in the 1920s.
Dr Sandra Mann is a YA contemporary crime novelist who grew up in a small town famous for murder and meth labs. She’s worked as a cleaner, a university lecturer and a hydrogen researcher. Sandra lives in Perth with her partner and their two terriers, who are mostly good boys.
James McKenzie Watson writes fiction with a focus on rural Australian experiences. He has been recognised in competitions including the Newcastle Short Story Award, Grieve Writing Competition and Kingdom of Ironfest unpublished novel award. He works as a critical care nurse in regional NSW.
Born in 1972, Jennifer is from the 'Other Stolen Generation'. Removed from her mother as a newborn by Australia's Forced Adoption Policy. A registered nurse for 30 years, Jennifer is now writing a memoir about her experiences as an adoptee. She lives in Albany with her husband & 3 children.
Elaine is a writer and educator currently based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her work has been published with Reflex Press, The Suburban Review, and others. Her work has previously been longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award 2020 and highly commended in the National Flash Fiction Day (UK) Award.
Daphne has been coming to Australia for over ten years and now lives here permanently. She writes poems, flash fiction and short stories which vary from the darkly humorous to the vaguely sinister. Her work is published in print/on line in magazines and anthologies internationally.
Michele is a former newspaper editor & journalist of 27 years, published author, blogger & media officer. She has written a 53k word manuscript in need of serious attention. She writes all day in her head & via keyboard or pen, to produce fact & fiction, professionally & unprofessionally.
Tabetha is the author of several published short stories, and is the former chairwoman of both WritingWA and the KSP Writers' Centre. Tabetha is currently working on her full-length novel, Meet Your Match as well as compiling a collection of her previously unpublished short stories.
Kathy Prokhovnik is working on her second novel and a narrative non-fiction history of Sydney. She blogs at http://kathyprokhovnik.com/. She has been successful in many Australian short story writing competitions and been published in anthologies and online and print journals.
Cassandra is a mother of 2 and Autistic writer living in Perth. Her passion is writing diverse and inclusive characters. Cassandra has studied writing and children’s literature at Edith Cowan University and is completing her Master’s at Macquarie University. She is currently working on her first novel.
Kathy is a journalist and writer who was awarded a fellowship at KSP in 2019. She has won several short story contests and has twice been awarded residencies at Varuna in the Blue Mountains.
Sari Smith has published short fiction, memoir and essays in literary journals and anthologies. She has taught in universities in WA and Victoria and is currently working on a collection of linked stories set in the sixties.
Trish is a social worker by day, and writer by night. She is inspired by real life stories—of relationships, connection and disconnection, crisis and courage—that she has witnessed and worked with. Trish’s novel, The Seventh Sister, was shortlisted for the 2018 T.A.G Hungerford award.