CAL boosts support for writing studies at UTS

In summary: 
  • The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has made a three-year commitment to fund a non-fiction writing residency and a chair in Australian poetry at UTS
  • It is the largest single grant to an Australian university by CAL

A non-fiction writing residency and a chair in Australian poetry will flow from a boost for Creative Practices at UTS by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).

CAL, which manages copyright for creators and publishers, has made a three-year, $300,000 commitment to fund the new initiatives from 2012.

It is the largest single grant to an Australian university by CAL and follows on from the highly successful writer-in-residence program that brought novelist Frank Moorhouse and poet Les Murray to the UTS Writing Program in 2009 and 2010.

Head of Creative Practices and Director of the UTS Centre for New Writing, Professor John Dale, said a prominent Australian writer will be selected as the first CAL Writer in Residence Non‐Fiction during this year to start in 2012.

From left: Chair of the CAL Cultural Fund Zoe Rodriguez, Professor John Dale andFrom left: Manager of the CAL Cultural Fund Zoe Rodriguez, Professor John Dale and Dr Delia Falconer from the UTS Creative Practices Group, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne and author Frank Moorhouse

"UTS has just launched Australia's first Master of Arts in Non-Fiction Writing, prompted by overwhelming student and industry interest," Professor Dale said.

"The CAL Writer in Residence Non‐Fiction will promote the study, recognition and wider appreciation of high-quality non‐fiction in this country. Many of Australia's leading writers are now working in non‐fiction and much of the ground‐breaking work being produced in this country is in that category."

Professor Dale said the CAL Chair in Australian Poetry would be a part‐time appointment over three years, awarded to one of Australia's major working poets.

"The CAL Chair in Australian Poetry will inspire students at all levels in the similar way that Les Murray did during his year as CAL Writer in Residence at UTS," he said. "The CAL Chair will also promote the study, recognition and enjoyment of Australian poetry nationally and internationally."

CAL CEO Jim Alexander said partnering with UTS supported critical links between education and the continuing creation of Australian cultural works.

"CAL is proud to be associated with the first Chair in Australian Poetry to be filled by a practising poet," Mr Alexander said. "It is fitting that a creator writing in this genre, with such enduring value to Australia's cultural heritage, should be celebrated and also available to the students and lecturers at a university and the broader cultural community.

"Also, placing non-fiction writers in residence in a university will position them in an environment of serious research and analysis and expose students of professional writing to this significant part of the Australian publishing landscape."

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said the expanded partnership with CAL would have direct benefits for Australian literature and the university looked forward to "delivering many exciting programs together, now and in the future."

"UTS offers the largest postgraduate writing program in Australia and many of our new, developing and established writers have studied or taught writing at UTS over the past 25 years," Professor Milbourne said.

"UTS Doctorate of Creative Arts graduates include such prominent writers as Kate Grenville, Sue Woolfe, Mandy Sayer, John Scott, Gaby Naher, Barbara Brooks and Angelo Loukakis."

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