We are thrilled to announce our Fellows for 2021. These three fine writers will follow in the Fellowship footsteps of such artists as Chloe Higgins, Zoe Ghani, Majok Tulba, Vanessa Berry and Fiona Murphy.

Brittany Searle is an English teacher from the Campbelltown region who writes about Western Sydney with great affection and is working on a memoir. Samara Lo lives in the Hills, and was one of our WestWords-Varuna residents last year, working under the guidance of Wai Chim. Samara is a passionate fantasy fan and is writing her second middle-grade fantasy novel. And Belle Butler is a musician, photographer and writer who lives in the Blue Mountains.

In addition to the financial support included in this program, Brittany, Samara and Belle will be paired with carefully selected mentors to help them get their projects to where they need them to be, and in preparation to help them take their careers to the next stage. We have secured one of the three mentors, but we won’t say which – you’ll need to read next week’s newsletter to get that information.

We are also excited to announce that two other applicants for the Fellowships, Martyn Reyes and Kirra Rose McGoldrick, will be receiving some targeted mentorship as well, so while they are not fully-fledged Fellows, their applications were deemed to be worthy of support.

Similarly, several of the writers who applied unsuccessfully for the WestWords-Varuna Residency have been offered additional support.


The Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency.