"There is no feeling like waking up in the morning knowing that the job for the day is to get writing. I have never had that much time specifically for writing before and it was a great gift."
Pam Harvey, Canberra 2015
"I was able to become completely lost in my story and characters. The momentum I could build up under these circumstances was enormous."
Tony Davis, Adelaide 2015
"I loved being able to clear my head of the clutter than defines everyday living and think of little else but my novel. Being in Canberra during the stillness and peace of autumn really aided this process."
Richard Yaxley, Canberra 2015
“My Fellowship... has shown me what I can achieve with support and the
"mechanics" that allow total involvement in creative work."
Sherryl Clark, Brisbane 2014
"The granting of the MGCLT Fellowship was a godsend because it offered
me an escape clause; a means of avoiding the daily interruptions and
distractions and allowing me the opportunity to focus on the story I
so desperately wanted to tell."
Ian Trevaskis, 2014 Adelaide
"The Fellowship... signalled a fresh and vibrant reflection of my life as a professional writer. The award was affirmation by my peers and I was being entrusted with some funded time to produce something special."
Mark Carthew, 2013 Brisbane
“I guess it was the full immersion in my work that I enjoyed the most – something I have never had the opportunity to do before.”
Karen Tayleur, 2011 Adelaide
"I was a full time writer with my only distraction being the occasional boil of the kettle – the opportunity to engross myself in my work so fully was not only a heap of fun, it meant I completed a manuscript (through 4 drafts) in 8 months as opposed to the usual 1-2 year slog.”
Nathan Luff , 2011 Adelaide
"I thought that if I could get the main part of the research done during my residency and the plot outline for the books, I'd be well ahead. If things were going really well I thought I might get the first 30 or so pages written. I never dreamed that I'd achieve so much more. Not only did I complete the 56,000 word first draft of book one, but I also had so much time to read, meet with other authors and just enjoy being a writer.'
Dee White, Brisbane 2010
"For me, the most valuable aspect was simply to have time to write - to focus on developing the pulse and heart of my manuscripts and to listen to my inner storyteller - to sometimes be still and to sometimes write until the early hours f the morning.'
Dianne Wolfer, Canberra 2009
"The gift of time is what this has meant to me more than anything else, and I have achieved in three weeks an amount of work that would I believe have taken me months in the "real" world. It has been invaluable. As well it has helped me as a vote of confidence. Confidence is a difficult thing for me to maintain through the duration of a project, and I was able to remind myself, when it waned, that I had been awarded this fellowship for a reason, that others beside myself see some value in what I am attempting to achieve.'
Sally Heinrich, Brisbane 2008
"This has been a truly amazing opportunity, one I will never forget. A chance to know yourself a little better is something we can all do with.'
Corinne Fenton, Adelaide 2008
"I've worked on four stories while I've been here and so enjoyed the luxury of being able to keep writing way into the night, or get up really early and launch a new attack."
Krista Bell, Adelaide 2008
"I have had a wonderfully productive stay at the Rothbury Roost almost completing the fourth draft of my YA novel, Little Paradise. I worked solidly for three weeks, what a luxury that was too, without interruption from children, pets, family etc. But I also took wonderful walks through the city and to the wide Brisbane River along the boardwalk where I sat and wrote new chapters or just simply enjoyed watching the passing parade of boats, cyclists, joggers and tourists.'
Gabrielle Wang, Brisbane 2008
"But the best thing has been time. To work, to think, to walk, to draw and see the ideas go charging off so fast I could barely keep up. This is a gorgeous place!'
Elise Hurst, Adelaide 2008
"The great part about the whole MGCLT set up is that you can be a hermit but you can also enjoy some wonderful company.'
John Heffernan, Adelaide 2008
"My Melbourne Fellowship proved to be most productive and the writing that was achieved over the month was certainly not something that would have happened easily if I had not had the time and space to collect thoughts, play with ideas and know that it was okay to spend a whole day just concocting scenarios.'
Ian Trevaskis, Melbourne 2008
"My adventure novel certainly has progresses dramatically. Having the time away from commitments and interruptions rekindled my enthusiasm for it and my confidence that it can actually work - a wonderful thing to have!'
Michael Bauer, Adelaide 2007
"It was a unique window of time for me alone, for me the writer, to think, to dream, to celebrate my writing life.'
Lorraine Marwood, Adelaide 2007
"I learned what is possible in an environment like 'the Burrow' - so much more than can be planned or predicted.'
Claire Saxby, Adelaide 2007
"Last month I was honoured to be offered part of a Creative Time Residential Fellowship in the newly acquired May Gibbs Canberra Studio. To be given time to write, create and research at whatever hour of the day I felt like was the most amazing experience. To wake at 5 a.m. and begin work without worrying about disturbing the rest of the household was sheer bliss and the same applied at the other end of the day. If I felt like working till midnight there was nothing to stop me.
The studio itself has a large living room with kitchenette, a big bedroom and huge bathroom complete with spa bath which was another special treat. I felt very spoit. The joy at being able to spread my creative mess about the room was something I continued to revel in every single day I was there... and piles of paperwork could just 'blob' without ever having to be moved to another place or shoved into a cupboard or drawer somewhere because someone was dropping in! There is a great computer desk in the main room where my lap top sat happily, except for the times when I carted it off to places like the Botanical Gardens, the courtyard at the National Film and Sound Archive and to the peaceful Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery. The research places I needed to visit - the War Memorial, the National Library and the rose garden at Old Parliament House - were all easily accessible.
Thank you to everyone involved with the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust for offering creators this wonderful opportunity to do what they love doing best. For me the most precious gift was being locked away with my characters and spending uninterrupted time getting to know them so much better.'
Corinne Fenton, Canberra 2007
"Here I had space in which my creativeness could expand, have possibility and grow instead of stealing writing time in small chunks as you do in normal life. I could expand out into this vast space - thought I would run out of ideas but they just kept flowing.'
Leonie Norrington, Brisbane 2007
"A whole month, time out in a kind of caring capsule where it’s possible to be single-minded, in a way not so easy to attain at home…I’m not counting this time in the words I’ve been able to write, and there have been many, or the chapters I’ve been able to edit and/or rewrite, but rather in the time and space for this novel to crystallize, to slowly take up its life, to partner me during those blissful days of writing and some long nights of just thinking about it – a kind of necessary luxury, but then again something basic to bringing something important to one to conclusion. This month has made a difference. In fact it has been critical to this particular work.'
Libby Hathorn, Adelaide 2005