Round 2 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 124 applications, requesting a total of $643,642 in grant money.
This round's judges were Rachel Bin Salleh from Maga Bala Books, Angela Meyer from Echo Publishing and writer Emily Bitto. They were thrilled with the quality of the applications and argued long and hard over the recipients. They awarded $49,230 to 13 applicants.
- Writer Bruce Pascoe, awarded to attend the UK release of his book 'Dark Emu'. The book concerns Aboriginal agricultural history. Bruce was granted $2,040.
- Translator Chris Andrews, awarded to give a paper at the International Conference on Comparative Translation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The paper discusses how translators manage the difference between their native dialect (Australian English) and the 'standard' dialects of the countries in which the translations are initially published (the US and UK). Chris was granted $2,730.
- Writer Damon Young, awarded for a publicity tour in the UK for his book 'The Art of Reading', and an invitation to undertake panel talks and workshops at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Damon was granted $2,964.
- Poet Ellen van Neerven, awarded for travel to Japan to attend a poetry translation workshop at Tokyo's Meiji University. Ellen was granted $2,879.
- Writer Emma Viskic, awarded for a publicity tour in the UK to promote her book 'And Fire Came Down', and to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Emma was granted $3,495.
- Writer Janine Mikosza, awarded for a research trip to Jervis Bay, NSW and residency in Bundanon, NSW to work on her literary memoir 'Homesickness: Trauma and the Power of Childhood Homes'. Janine was granted $2,170.
- Writer Jennifer Porter, awarded for a research trip to Hobart to work on her manuscript, 'The Reverend', and to attend the Tasmanian Writers Festival. Jennifer was granted $3,983.
- Writer Jessica Friedmann, awarded for a research trip to Prince Edward Island and Ontario, Canada to develop her manuscript 'Priest Pond', which acts as a parallel text to LM Montgomery's 'Emily of New Moon' series. Jessica was granted $6,000.
- Writer Laura Woollett, awarded for a research trip to Norfolk Island to work on her manuscript 'Kingdom by the Sea', a novel concerning child abuse on Pitcairn Island. Laura was granted $2,573.
- Poet Louis Klee, awarded for living and maintenance costs during his UNESCO City of Literature Poet in Residency program in Krakow, Poland. Louis was granted $3,459.
- Poet Melinda Smith, awarded for travel to Japan to attend a poetry translation workshop at Tokyo's Meiji University. Melinda was granted $3,904.
- Writer Rebecca Giggs, awarded for expenses related to a writing residency at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. Rebecca was granted $8,000.
- Publisher Sam Cooney, awarded to meet with publishers, editors and agents in London, and to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Sam was granted $5,033.
Round 3 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will be open 16 August - 13 September, 2018.
Thank you to The Myer Foundation for making this fund possible.