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The Paper Bird Fellowship (PBF) was launched on the eve of Paper Bird’s first anniversary, February 2017, in the historic Moores Building in Fremantle’s West End.
In partnership with the Australia West Branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) WA Branch, and the City of Fremantle Library, PBF has offered 4 children’s writers and / or illustrators in 2017 the opportunity to have a dedicated workspace for a 3-month period, 2 days/week. Due to resounding success we are looking to continue the program in 2018. Past Fellows are Catherine Carvell, Briony Stewart, Nadia L King & Kamsani Bin Salleh.
The Fellowship offers writers and illustrators a dedicated workspace and support. Fellows are able to enjoy working in a large, light-filled heritage studio behind a thriving, specialist children’s bookshop and writers/arts centre, with access to networking and support from the other permanent residents and literary visitors of Paper Bird. Through contact with creative local writers and illustrators, children and young people are motivated to explore literature and create their own stories
As part of the PBF our writers and illustrators have the opportunity to present their work to the public in “Meet the writer / illustrator” sessions.
It is hoped that more West Australian children’s writers and illustrators will be supported to achieve completion of their creative works, publication with the best publishing houses, and for children to have the experience of witnessing the creation of books in their local bookshop.
Download application forms from this website.
Paper Bird is currently setting up a Foundation to facilitate the support of community projects, such as this, with children’s literary and storytelling focus.