Michele Freeman and Chloe Higgins have both recieved fellowships from WestWords to develop their books. Read more abotu it here: http://www.westwords.com.au/projects/2017-ws-emerging-writers-fellowships/
Catch Finishing School members at The Sydney Writers Festival:
Chloe Higgins, Faith Chaza, Eda Gunaydin
Zarlasht Sarwari has recieved a fellowship from Lost In Books to work on a piture book with artist Uma Jeyaseelan, the pair will develop illustrated children’s stories, drawing inspiration from Zarlasht‘s Afghan storytelling traditions.
Here's an excerpt from an interview about her picture book from The Fairfield City Advance.
Her son Isaac is her inspiration. “As a child growing up the only thing of Afghan culture you see are narratives of terrorism and asylum-seekers,” she said. “I had an idea to write a children’s story that reflected Afghan narratives and culture and oppose the terrorism and asylum-seeking stories as a way to connect my son to his culture."
“I want to draw on Afghan folklore tradition and the stories older relatives used to tell and capture the golden nuggets of wisdom in their story and how it’ll tell a timely message in an indirect way,” Zarlasht said. “When I went to look for books like this there weren’t many that were relatable. So we want to use the Afghan story tradition but place the story here with common imagery, names and locations so kids can relate to it.”
Eda Gunaydin has recievd a prestigious Neilma Sidneyfellowship awarded for a research trip to France and Germany for the novel she is writing which explores first-and-second-generation members of the Turkish diaspora
On November 19th The Finishing School invited author Emily Maguire to do a one day Masterclass on plot and story structure at The Parramatta Artists Studios. Emily Maguire is the author of five novels, including the Miles Franklin Award and Stella Prize shortlisted An Isolated Incident, and two works of non-fiction.
An installation of works in progress by The Finishing School ladies was included as part of The Parramatta Laneways Festival. It includes portraits of the women and excepts of them reading thier work. Audiences loved putting on the headphones and listening to their work- In fact 120,000 people walked through this installation and stopped to have a listen!