ASAL / CA Writers Fellowship recipients announced

ASAL / CA Writers Fellowship recipients announced

ASAL in collaboration with Copyright Agency CA is delighted to announce the recipients of the writers’ fellowships for 2023. 

ASAL aims to promote the study, discussion and creation of Australian writing, and these fellowships intend to strengthen connections between writers, readers, students, and scholars of Australian literature. There are two fellowships offered in 2023, each of three months duration.

Warmest congratulations to the recipients, Luisa Mitchell and Fiona Murphy.

Luisa Mitchell is a Broome-born author with Whadjuk Ballardong Nyungar and European heritage, living and working as an arts producer in Boorloo (Perth). She has short stories published in both print and online, including Fremantle Press anthology Kimberley Stories (2012), international journal Portside Review, local West Australian youth magazines Grok and Pulch, and Curtin University’s alumni publication, Curtin Commons. Her writing portfolio includes fiction short stories, non-fiction essays, poetry, and screenplays that explore themes of love, magic, family trauma, colonisation, politics, and the funny side of dark situations. In 2020, she was selected as an Inner-City Writer-in-Residence at Centre for Stories, where she developed a feature screenplay excerpt that was later published in the anthology Under the Paving Stones, The Beach (2022). In 2022, she graduated from the Australian Writer’s Guild’s First Break WA screenwriting program. Luisa also performs spoken word poetry and has shared her work at WA Poets and Cockburn Wetland Centre’s events in Boorloo. She is passionate about uplifting and empowering other First Nations artists and runs a First Nations Write Night for mob at Centre for Stories, alongside Ballardong editor Casey Mulder. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, beach swims in summer, and dancing all-year round.

Fiona Murphy is an award-winning writer and accessibility consultant based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The GuardianABCThe Saturday PaperGriffith ReviewThe Big Issue, among many other publications. Her debut memoir, The Shape of Sound, explores her experience with deafness and was highly commended in the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.