New residencies round for writers

Maddie Godfrey at Peninsula Farm. Photo by David Bell.

A NEW round of heritage residencies will run following the success of the inaugural Inspire Writers in Residence program last year.

The National Trust WA got funding from the WA culture department to run the residencies, putting writers in heritage buildings to let history act as muse. 

“The National Trust works to connect Western Australians with the story of their heritage, and one of the ways we do this is through the arts,” NT WA’s CEO Julian Donaldson says. 

“Inspire provides an excellent opportunity to explore the links between art, heritage and culture.”

Poet Maddie Godfrey stayed in Mayland’s Peninsula Farm during the first round of residencies (Voice, December 26, 2020). One of the pieces inspired by her surroundings, Unmade, won the Tom Collins prize for poetry in February. 

She says for writers the Inspire program is “a care opportunity to focus wholeheartedly on their creative practice. 

“The inclusion of a stipend for participants meant that I could pause all my other commitments, and focus on writing new work without stressing about how I was going to pay rent afterwards. This is an opportunity I am very grateful for.”

The five residents this round can choose to stay at Woodbridge in Guildford, the East Perth Cemeteries, Peninsula Farm in Maylands, Samson House Cottage in Fremantle, or the Curtin family home in Cottesloe.

There’s a broad definition of writer, with graphic illustrators and digital creators welcome too.

Applications are via http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/initiatives/inspire-writer-in-residence-initiative-2021 and close on April 19.

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