Simpson named new UTS writer-in-residence

Yuwaalaraay storyteller, performer and author Nardi Simpson has been selected as the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Copyright Agency’s new Writer-in-Residence for 2022.

Simpson is the author of Song of the Crocodile (Hachette), and during the program she will work on her second novel The Bellbird. The story centers on the titular Bellbird, a young Koori woman living on the streets of present-day Sydney. The character is inspired by Dilboong, the daughter of historical figures Woollarawarre Bennelong and Barangaroo.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the UTS community of writers through the Copyright Agency-UTS New Writers Fellowship,” said Simpson. “My heart and mind are full of the promise of relationships, knowledge, connections and words that await me in these buildings. I expect to listen, think, and write with fury and especially look forward to the learnings I will receive from the wonderful staff and students at UTS. I can’t wait to take my place in my new family of writers.

As part of her fellowship, Simpson will also give guest lectures and be available for consultation with students in UTS’s Creative Writing Program.

Managed by UTS’ Creative Writing Department in partnership with the Copyright Agency’s Culture Fund, the $40,000 New Writer Fellowship is open to authors who have published one or two books with a commercial publisher and who have a contract or letter of interest from a publisher for their second or third book. Previous recipients include Anwen Crawford, Bri Lee and Christopher Raja.

For more information on the program, see the UTS website.

Image credit: L Simpson.

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