Previous writers in residence

Writer in Residence for September-November 2013:
Piri Eddy

Piri_Eddy_180Piri Eddy is a writer, actor, musician and comedian. Having recently graduated with first class honours in creative writing at Flinders University, Piri has had several works published online, including short fiction and reviews for both book and theatre.

He has worked extensively in local theatre as a performer and writer, and as a creative director. His latest production was the collaborative comedy and sketch show Comedy Action Rangers that he co-wrote and performed at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. Piri has written and performed comedy since 2010 both in the Adelaide Fringe and through the Adelaide Comedy circuit. He has supported acts from across Australia including Harley Breen, Bart Freebairn, and Fiona O’Loughlin. Piri has also performed as the lead singer of Adelaide rock outfit Chapman Street, performing at venues across Adelaide and releasing a debut EP in early 2013.


Writer in Residence for May-July 2013:
Victoria Purman

Victoria_Purman_180Victoria Purman writes contemporary romance fiction set on the south coast of her home state of South Australia, a place she knows well and loves beyond compare.

She has signed a three book contract with Harlequin Australia and the first book in her Boys of Summer trilogy – entitled Nobody But Him – will be on the shelves and on reading devices in October. Victoria has a BA (Journalism) and began her career at the ABC in Adelaide as a radio and television journalist, and television producer. Since then, she’s been a media manager in the public sector, a publicist, a freelance journalist, a political adviser, a speechwriter to a Premier, and a consultant editor.

She is a member of the Carclew Youth Arts Board. She is also a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia, an Associate Member of the Australian Society of Authors, and a longtime member of the Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance. While Victoria has spent her working life writing words for real people, she now very much enjoys creating dialogue and happy-ever-afters for her imaginary heroines and their heroes. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, three sons, a disobedient dog, her loving extended family and many dear friends. She hasn’t managed to conquer her addiction to chocolate or South Australia’s finest wines and is still determined to learn how to surf.


Writer in Residence for February-April 2013:
Edoardo Crismani

Edoardo_Crismani_180Edoardo graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from the University of South Australia (UniSA) in August 2012.  He majored in Film and TV production and minored in Creative Writing. He achieved a High Distinction average in his degree.  Edoardo’s academic achievements include: being chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Tappa Tangka Manninendi Medal (awarded to the final year undergraduate UniSA Indigenous student with the highest GPA); being awarded the 2011 Gavin Wanganeen Scholarship, sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; receiving a Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation in 2011; and being chosen as a recipient of the University Merit Awards in 2010. He wrote and directed a short film titled, Just Be Yourself that is being broadcast nationwide on National Indigenous TV, and his creative writings (short stories and poetry) have been published in Piping Shrike Phoenix (2012) and Southerly Journal (December 2012).

Edoardo will be developing his short story into a novella. His story is inspired by his grandfather, who was a South Australian boxing champion, known as the Black Panther. Edoardo Crismani’s residency was flagged at the website.


Writer in Residence for February-April 2013:
Ben Brooker

Ben_Brooker_180Ben is the has Bachelor of Arts with a major in drama from Flinders University and completed his honours in 2010. The following year, he graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts’ Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing. He has both written and performed for much of his life. As well as being an actor, he is the author of many published short stories, poems and reviews, was a facilitator of the SA Writers Centre’s inaugural ‘Write Club’ event for young writers and has appeared at numerous spoken word events including the SA Writers Centre’s ‘live literary journal’ Animate Quarterly. Ben has contributed theatre reviews to dB Magazine and RealTime.

Ben’s monologue, Wolves, was performed in Adelaide by Acorn Productions last year. In 2012, his short play Small Government featured as part of the Short + Sweet ten minute play festival in Sydney. In September, Ben’s first full-length play, the black comedy ‘The Lake’, was given a rehearsed reading by a new Adelaide-based theatre company. Ben will be working on the first draft of another play, a follow up to The Lake.


Writer in Residence for October-November 2012:
Dr Ianto Ware

Dr_Ianto_Ware_180Ianto is the former founding director of Format and ex CEO of Renew Adelaide and during 2007 Ianto co directed the 2007 Newcastle Zine and Independent Press Fair. As part of his residency with the SA Writers Centre, Ianto has kindly offered to exhibit his extensive zine collection at the Centre to coincide with the Format Festival.


Writer in Residence for August-September 2012:
Lilliana Rose

Lilliana_Rose_180Lilliana Rose has lived on a farm, played with DNA, taught science and travelled, which has fed her imagination and spurred her to write. Her poetry and short stories are spreading wings around the world. For more information on Lilliana, please go to Lilliana’s article on ‘Creative Spaces’, published in the September edition of Southern Write, can be downloaded here.

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