Introducing Amelia Mellor, the 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellow

We congratulate Amelia Mellor on her successful application to become our second Ian Wilson Memorial Fellow. This fellowship was created to honour our founding Chair, the late Honourable Ian Wilson AM, and to support emerging authors or illustrators with dedicated creative time and professional development.

Amelia is a hugely committed emerging writer. After completing her thesis on young adult fantasy at the University of Melbourne, she spent two years as a member of the writing community at Glenfern Studios. Amelia is the playwright of The Glass Street Ghost and Shift, available from Five Senses Education. Her short story Left of Centre came runner-up in the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Contest in 2016, and in 2017, she was awarded a Writers Victoria Patrons Program sponsorship at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Her unpublished middle grade steampunk novel Anomalies was shortlisted for Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize in 2016. In 2018, she is not only the proud winner of the Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship but also a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Mentorship for her Bornean sword-and-sorcery novel The Celestial Kris. In short, she is a talent to watch.

Amelia will use her creative time to work on The Grandest Bookshop in the World, a historical fantasy romp for upper primary children. It brings to life the legendary Cole’s Book Arcade that was Melbourne’s crowning glory in the 1890s, through a brother and sister’s quest to rescue their eccentric father, Arcade founder Edward Cole. As well as aiming to complete a large portion of the manuscript, Amelia will draft illustrations to accompany her narrative and as an homage to Cole himself, whose children's publications contained hundreds of lively pictures.

Find out more about Amelia at her blog:

We very much look forward to your visit, Amelia!