Lohrey, 60, lives at Falmouth on Tasmania’s east coast. She is a novelist and essayist, whose books include The Morality of Gentlemen, The Reading Room, Camille’s Bread and The Philosopher’s Doll. She has contributed to Quarterly Essay, Monthly and other journals, particularly in the field of religion and politics.
John Tranter, 64, is a Sydney-based poet. He has published 20 books of poetry, including The Floor of Heaven, Urban Myths, The Blast Area and Crying in Early Infancy.
The Literature Board comprises Imre Salusinszky (chairman), Ann Galbally, Jack Hibbert, Bronwyn Lea, Peter Holbrook and Sophie Masson.
They were assisted in determining grants by Fiona Capp, Christopher Cheng, Nigel Krauth, Mike Ladd, Angelo Loukakis and Maryanne Lynch.
In the category of new work by established writers, 19 applicants out of 113 were successful, who were granted a total of $760,000. Tasmanian poets Sarah Day and Kathryn Lomer were successful, each were awarded $30,000.
In new work by developing writers, 30 applicants out of 167 were successful, who were granted a total of $690,000. Tasmanian poets Anne Kellas and Jane Williams were successful. Kellas was awarded $10,000, Williams was awarded $15,000.
In new work by emerging writers, 19 applicants out of 72 were successful, who were granted a total of $255,000. Two Tasmanians were successful. Katherine Johnson was awarded $10,000, Rosie Dub was awarded $15,000. Both grants were for fiction.
THE Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has awarded two Senior Fellowships to two prize-winning Australian writers - Amanda Lohrey and John Tranter. The Fellowships are each worth $50,000 a year for two years.