We’re delighted to announce Jelena Dinic as this year’s recipient of the George Town Literary Exchange.
Jelena will feature in the 2017 George Town Literary Festival program before spending time at Rimbun Dahan, a private arts residency space in Malaysia.
Jelena migrated to Australia from Serbia in her teens and writes in both Serbian and English. Her work has been published in leading Australian journals and anthologies. Her chapbook Buttons on My Dress (2015) is a reflection on her journey from Serbia to the Adelaide Hills, where she now lives with her family.
Her poem ‘The Silence of Siskins’ (2015) was selected and published in The Best Australian Poems 2016. She currently runs Friendly Street Poets Featured Poet Series and a poetry group at Thebarton Senior College where she works.
This annual exchange program is the result of a partnership between SA Writers Centre and the George Town Literary Festival. In 2018, we’ll welcome Bernice Chauly – author, poet and GTLF director – as our first international resident writer at SA Writers Centre. But more on that later…