Previous Writers in Residence

Yvette Poshoglian 

Peter Pinson 

Ursula Dubosarky 

P.M Newton

Justin Fleming 

Belinda Hopper

History Council of NSW

Mascara Literary Review

Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence 2023

Applications have now closed.

The successful applicant will be notified by Monday 9 January, 2023.

The 2023 residency is from 3 April – 30 November, 2023.


North Sydney Council offers writers the opportunity to pursue their inspiration in the tranquil, historic Don Bank Museum - a heritage home with a wonderful Victorian-remnant garden setting (photos below). For more information please contact


Current Don Bank Studio Writer in Residence: Kate Austin-Raffan

Kate is currently an MA student at Middlesex University. Strays, the novel she’s working on, is set in rural and urban Australia. Her short story, Full Circle, was shortlisted for the Asham Prize (in connection with Bloomsbury Press). Three Small Pieces was long-listed for the First Film Development Competition.

With an Australian father and an English mother, Kate is a dual Australian/British citizen who embraces both countries for their rich diversity. A love of storytelling (written word and visual arts) runs through everything Kate does, and she’s highly committed to promoting the arts for everyone.

Kate is a copywriter for two animal rescue organisations in NSW. Previously, she worked in publishing (Penguin Random House, UK) and in community education, helping children and young adults realise their potential through literacy-focused book groups, as well as film and animation workshops.

Kate lives in Sydney with her husband, three children, a cat, and two rescue dogs.

We look forward to working with Kate on some community programs in the year ahead and wish her the best of luck with finishing her manuscript, Strays.



Testimonials from past Don Bank Writers in Residence

The Don Banks Residency was a magical experience. I can still remember the thrill of being given the keys to that wonderful historic old house and I will have such happy memories of my days spent at the desk there, or on the porch, feeling both in the heart of things, and yet apart. It was a place of such sanctuary and wonderful tenebrous atmosphere.

Michelle Hamadache (Mascara Review), 2020/2021 Writer in Residence 


The Don Bank Museum is a surprising oasis. I loved its old-world character, tucked away in the hum of North Sydney. I started the residency not too long after returning to writing after a break of a few years. Beyond just the physical space of the museum (as important as such reflective spaces are for a writer), I found the residency to be a wonderful re-affirmation of my writerly self as well as a writer within a community. I feel grateful to have been able to be a part of that, as well as for the many poems that came during this time. 

Debbie Lim (Mascara Review), 2020/2021 Writer in Residence