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Magabala mid-career Fellowship announced

Mon, Dec 12, 2022


Congratulations to the 2022 mid-career Fellowship recipient Vivienne Cleven

With the support of the $10,000 Fellowship, Vivienne will progress her current manuscript 'Beautiful Monsters'.

Kamilaroi author Vivienne Cleven was born in 1968 and grew up in outback Queensland. She left school at thirteen to work with her father as a jillaroo: building fences and mustering sheep and cattle.

In 2000, with the comedy novel Bitin’ Back, Vivienne entered and won the David Unaipon Award. Published the following year, Bitin’ Back was shortlisted in the 2002 Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award and in the 2002 South Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction. In the latter shortlist, Bitin’ Back was listed with Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, which won. She wrote the playscript for Bitin’ Back, which was performed by Brisbane’s Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre Company. Her Sister’s Eye was published in 2002 and was chosen in the 2003 People’s Choice shortlist of One Book One Brisbane. Her writing is included in Fresh Cuttings, the first anthology of UQP Black Australian Writing, published in 2003.   

''I am overjoyed to have won the Magabala Fellowship and the opportunity to develop my work with this outstanding publisher''  


Congratulations Vivienne! We are so thrilled to be on this creative journey with you and your new work. 

Magabala acknowledges the support of Serp Hills Foundation in awarding the 2022 Fellowship. Launched in 2020, the Magabala mid-career Fellowship is intended to provide valuable time for an established author to work on a current manuscript.