Leading writers sought for CAL-supported positions at UTS

Professor John Dale

Professor John Dale

In summary: 
  • Applications have opened for the inaugural CAL Chair in Australian Poetry and 2012 CAL Non-Fiction Writer-In-Residence
  • To be based in the Creative Practices Area of UTS's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the positions are supported by a three-year, $300,000 funding commitment from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)

Hard on the heels of the appointment of Sydney's first City Poet, UTS has announced the opening of applications for the inaugural CAL Chair in Australian Poetry and 2012 CAL Non-Fiction Writer-In-Residence.

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), which manages copyright for creators and publishers, has made a three-year, $300,000 commitment to fund the new initiatives.

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 nationally as the first CAL Non-Fiction Writer-In-Residence.

The selected writer will be paid $50,000 per annum from February to December and be attached to the Creative Practices Area of UTS's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"The successful candidate will promote the study, recognition and wider appreciation of high-quality non-fiction in this country," Professor Dale said.

"This unique and exciting residency will provide a non-fiction author with a creative environment in which to complete a major work and also connect with students and staff from the UTS writing program."

The CAL Chair in Australian Poetry is a part-time appointment (one day a week) over three years, 2012-2014, offered to one of Australia's outstanding poets.

"We are looking for a candidate with a significant publication record in poetry, a distinguished national reputation and commitment to the public promotion of poetry," Professor Dale said.

"The CAL Chair in Australian Poetry will give two lectures annually to alumni, students and the general public, mentor the City of Sydney Poet, who is also based at UTS, and promote the study, recognition and enjoyment of Australian poetry nationally and internationally."

Visit this page for more information on applying for either position.