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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 2022

Applications NOW OPEN! 

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




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