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The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship

 

The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship was established by the Trust to honour one of our founders and first Chair, the late Hon. Ian Wilson AM. The Fellowship is offered annually and supports one emerging author or illustrator with creative time and professional development.

Applications for the 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship will open on Tuesday August 1 2017 and close at midnight on Saturday September 30 2017.

‘How to Apply’ information, including eligibility and selection criteria, as well as FAQs, will be available over the next few months.

For information about the 2017 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellow, Georgina Chadderton, have a look under Current Program.

Background

The late Hon. Ian Wilson AM was a Federal Government Minister holding portfolios for Aboriginal Affairs and also Home Affairs and the Environment. He loved his country and its landscape, devoted much energy to its people, and was an avid reader. Fostering high quality literature for Australian children and young people became a key commitment of his later life. In 1999 Ian and others established the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust, the purpose of which was to foster the creation and development of Australian children's literature. Ian was Chairman of the Trust until his death in 2013. The Trust's mission is to support the creativity and careers of contemporary Australian children's writers and illustrators by providing creative time residential fellowships. The Trust works in the name of May Gibbs but has no connection with her financial legacy and does not hold the copyright on any of her works.