Lecturer wins fund Fellowship

Dr Rachel Buchanan, a lecturer at La Trobe University’s School of Communications, Art and Critical Enquiry, has won the 2011 $5,000 ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship.

Rachael Buchanan The Fellowship was established last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australian Book Review.

Judges for the 2011 Fellowship were Professor Ian Donaldson (University of Melbourne), Professor Anne Edwards (former Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University) and Peter Rose (Editor of ABR).

The Fellowship program was set up to reward outstanding Australian writers, to generate major new articles, and to advance the magazine’s commitment to critical debates and literary values.

Dr Buchanan said, ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded this fellowship. There are so few sources of proper funding for long-form journalism nowadays so a fellowship like this is really precious.’

She said she was excited about being able to ‘get stuck into a significant piece of long-form, literary journalism on something I'm passionate about - archives, especially the collections of personal papers and objects that many of us amass’.

Dr Buchanan is the second winner of the Fellowship. The inaugural award was won by Patrick Allington and his essay, on the Miles Franklin award, and is published in the latest ABR.

About the winner
Dr Rachel Buchanan is a lecturer in Journalism at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She holds a PhD in History from Monash University, and has worked as a journalist for The Age. She is the author of The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget (2009).

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