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Local author wins ASA mentorship

Redfern author Elena Knox has won a prestigious mentorship as part of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Mentorship program for 2007-08 reports the December 2007 edition of the South Sydney Herald.

Twenty writers were chosen from nearly 500 entrants, and will now work closely with the mentor of their choice to develop their manuscript to the highest professional standard. Selected participants will also have the opportunity to read their work, appear “in conversation with”, or participate in panels at state and regional writers’ festivals, bringing their work to the attention of publishers, literary agents and future readers.

Speaking on behalf the judges, Dr Fisher, Executive Director of the ASA said: “If these applications are an indication of the future of Australian literature, then we need have no fear of its demise. Literary creativity in Australia is alive and kicking.”

Elena Knox works across text, sound, film and performance.

Her writing is published in Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand. Her book V is a unique 100-page novella in lyrical prose, collapsing poetry into fiction into music: a racy tale of a pop ingénue’s tragic encounters with voyeurism, packet-mix art, corporate morality and the 15 minutes of fame.

Source: South Sydney Herald December 2007