Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 19, 2020

2020 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship winner

Shamelessly copied and pasted from the press release:

2020 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship winner

Matthiessen at WNYC New York Public Radio in 2008 promoting his novel Shadow CountryThe 2020 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship winner is Lance Richardson for his proposed biography of Peter Matthiessen.

Peter Matthiessen was an acclaimed writer, naturalist and Zen Buddhist, perhaps best known for his book The Snow Leopard, an account of his trip through the Dolpo region of Nepal. He was also the co-founder of the Paris Review in the early 1950s.

This year the judges also gave a Highly Commended award to Gabrielle Carey for her work on writer Elizabeth von Arnim.

You can view the Press Release and a video clip of Lance Richardson talking about his project on the Writers Victoria website.

Due to the current public health circumstances, we cancelled the Hazel Rowley Memorial Lecture, scheduled for Friday 20 March at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne. We hope to hold the lecture later in the year.

The lecture, ‘Making Characters: biography and memoir’, was to be given by biographer Jacqueline Kent, who won the 2018 Hazel Rowley Fellowship for researching and writing the life story of Australian pioneer suffragist Vida Goldstein. This biography is due to be published by Penguin Random House in September 2020.

Visit the website for more information on this announcement and fellowship activities. The next round of applications opens on 1 October 2020.

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. We look forward to seeing some of you at Adelaide Writers Festival where we will be celebrating 10 years of supporting biography writing.

All the best,
Della Rowley, Lynn Buchanan and Irene Tomaszewski

Image credit: Photo of Peter Mattheissen by Melissa Eagan, WNYC New York Public Radio –, CC BY 2.0,


  1. How wonderful! Looking forward to following further developments.


    • It’s a terrific award. It’s always good to have new bios to read.

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  2. I have always liked Peter Mathieson. I actually have a first edition hardcover of The Snow Leopard. Beautiful book. Nice article.


    • I’ve never read him, another one to add to my wishlist, (both his book, and the one that’s being written about him).


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