The 2019 Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist has been announced. The Fellowship, established in memory of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) awards $15,000 to an Australian biographer.
Hazel Rowley wrote four critically-acclaimed biographies before her sudden death in 2011:
- Christina Stead: A Biography (1993), see my review;
- Richard Wright: The Life and Times (2001);
- Tête-à-Tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (2005) and
- Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage (2010) see my review.
The 2019 nominees are
- Maggie Tonkin (SA) for a biography of Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard
- Brigitta Olubas (NSW) for a biography of writer Shirley Hazzard
- Eleanor Hogan (NT) for her project on the friendship between Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates
- Stephenie Cahalan (TAS) writing about artist Jean Belette, ‘The Modern Woman of Australian Modernism’
- Gabrielle Carey (NSW) for a biography of Elizabeth von Arnim
- James Boyce (TAS) for a new biography of Governor Lachlan Macquarie
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