Elizabeth Smyth is supported by the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government program designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.
She is also supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Elizabeth Smyth is a writer based in Cairns, Australia. Her work has been published in Meanjin and longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. She is now sharpening the edges of her debut novel.
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
2020 PhD candidate - literature / creative writing
2018 Adjunct Research Fellow, James Cook University
2017 Varuna Publisher Introduction Program - shortlist
2017 Regional Arts Fund, Australian Government
2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize - longlist
2016 Maher Fellowship, Queensland Writers Centre
2016 Residential Fellowship, Varuna the National Writers House
2016 Regional Arts Development Fund, Queensland Government
2016 Tropical Writers Festival speaker
Elizabeth is interested in how people experience the wet tropics of north-eastern Australia.
This area swells with tourism in winter and shrinks under monsoonal rains and a debilitating heat in summer. It can be the end of the line for people escaping problems or metropolitan life, a place of turmoil and confrontation.
And while government contemplates development, Aboriginal people fight for jurisdiction over traditional lands and water. There's a lot going on ...