Noted Writers Festival is excited to announce that the successful recipient of our First Nations Emerging Writers Residency is Laniyuk Garcon-Mills.

Born of french mother and a Larrakia father Laniyuk lives in a world of cultural polarity. Her writing aims to share this experience and bring some understanding of intersectionality regarding race, gender and sexuality. Originally from Darwin on Larrakia country she is currently living on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne.

Shortlisted writing samples were narrowed down by our selections panel comprising Alison Whittaker, Gomeroi poet and essayist; and Samantha Faulkner, author of Life Blong Ali Drummond: Life in the Torres Strait.  

Remarks from our selection panel

"The writing reads and is paced like reflective yarning and conversation – which is something that’s exciting to read. It shows a lot of potential, and playfulness. I am enticed to see where it goes. The narrative concept in this piece is stunning."

This residency is designed to support an emerging First Nations writer to focus on and develop a work in progress, be it fiction, poetry or non fiction. 

The residency will take place from May 1-5 at the National Library of Australia. Laniyuk will receive:

  • a $500 honorarium;
  • accommodation at YHA Australia from the 30th of April to the 6th of May;
  • a 45-minute writing career coaching session with Sophie Mannix, who has three years’ experience in the writing industry, works in a key arts organisation for writers, and runs Writer of Oz;
  • a mentor onsite at the National Library of Australia;
  • an introduction to the Library, including a VIP tour of the Treasures Gallery;
  • assistance with using Trove and accessing collections;
  • a National Library gift pack;
  • editorial support and assistance with pitching to publications from Noted Writers Festival staff and artists; and
  • an opportunity to share some of her work, either by performing/storytelling for audiences at the festival or by submitting a short piece to be published on the Noted Writers Festival website.

This residency is in partnership between Noted Festival and the National Library of Australia.  Accommodation has been provided by YHA Australia. Noted Festival is supported by artsACT.