One of Australia’s most highly acclaimed fantasy authors, Isobelle Carmody, has been named the 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence.

The ACT Writer-in-Residence program is an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in close collaboration with UNSW Canberra and supported by the Copyright Agency Ltd. It seeks to bring to Canberra writers of national and international stature who would not otherwise be able to access the state’s resources.Isobelle’s Obernewtyn Chronicles, which she began writing in high school, have placed her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Her award-winning short stories and books have been translated around the world, capturing the hearts and imaginations of children and young adults.

In 2018 the ACT Writer-in-Residence will be prize-winning non-fiction writer Jane Gleeson-White. Jane will spend her time in Canberra researching a novel set during World War II. In 2019, one of Australia’s most considered and affecting poets, Angela Gardner will take up the position. Her project on ‘Air’ is set to include some novel public programs for Canberra – including balloon flying.

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