Writer in Residence 2022
Applications close on Friday 28 January 2022, 5pm.
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 email@example.com.
Testimonials from past Don Bank Writers in Residence:
I found my time as Don Bank writer in residence to be extremely productive. It was a privilege to have a sacrosanct writing space in the heart of North Sydney, a lovely little apartment inside the historic cottage museum. While I enjoyed the space and quiet to write in, a highlight of my residency was the opportunity to meet people from the community through presenting the Stanton Library Seminars.
Belinda Hopper, 2018 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
It was a privilege and joy to be a Don Bank Writer in Residence in 2020 and 2021. With three children now ranging in age from 6 to 14 and many other obligations and commitments, my writing prior to the residency had all but stopped. I had tried all sorts of things to make writing happen and failed. I wasn’t even finding time to read poetry and if I am not reading poetry, I am not writing it. Don Bank gave me a beautiful and tranquil space removed from my usual domestic chaos where I could read – out loud when I wanted – write and most importantly, think, without external pressures, disturbances, or constant interruptions. It reinforced how vital and precious it is for a writer to have such a space. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity.
David Adès (Mascara Review), 2020/2021 Writer 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