We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 SRB JUNCTURE Fellowships: Jeanine Leane, Thuy On and Jessica White.
In the coming year, these critics will each pen eight substantial critical essays about Australian and international literature for publication on the Sydney Review of Books.
Essays by 2019 JUNCTURE fellows Michael Farrell, Melinda Harvey and Fiona Wright have invigorated our publishing program since late 2019. We couldn’t be happier to work with Jeanine, Thuy and Jessica to expand and enrich our shared conversation about literature in its many contexts. Their essays will together make a vital contribution both to the SRB and to Australian critical culture.
Sincere thanks to all applicants, whose range of interests and approaches impressed the panel. And thank you to judges Lena Nahlous, Julieanne Lamond and Ben Etherington for their meticulous attention to the applications.
About the 2020 Juncture Fellows:
Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887-1961 (2010, Presspress) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, and her first novel, Purple Threads (UQP), won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer. She has a PhD in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Hecate, The Journal for the Association European Studies of Australia, Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Australian Book Review. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction and is the recipient of an Australia Research Council Grant on Aboriginal literature. She teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne. Her second volume of poetry, Walk Back Over was released in 2018 by Cordite Press.
Thuy On is a Melbourne-based freelance arts journalist/critic. She’s written for a variety of publications including The Australian, The Saturday Paper, Books+Publishing, The Age/SMH, Australian Book Review and ArtsHub. She’s also the books editor of The Big Issue. Her collection of poetry, Turbulence, was published in March 2020 by UWAP.
Jessica White is the author of the novels A Curious Intimacy and Entitlement and a hybrid memoir about deafness, Hearing Maud. Her short stories and essays have appeared widely in Australian literary journals and she has won awards, funding and residencies. She is currently writing an ecobiography of Western Australia’s first non-Indigenous female scientist, nineteenth century botanist Georgiana Molloy.
We’re grateful to the Ian Potter Foundation whose support has made the JUNCTURE Fellowship program possible.