Sophie Cunningham has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the Centre's Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University. She will travel to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana early next year as part of the fellowship, which is offered annually and is made possible through the generosity of Ambassador Michael and Mrs Deborah Thawley.
This year an esteemed selection panel was assembled to evaluate applications, including Richard Evans, Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Rachel Kent, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Mary Darwell, former director of ArtsNSW; Kate Lilley, an associate professor of English and former recipient of the fellowship; and Edward Comentale, Assistant Provost of Arts at IU.
Cunningham applied for the fellowship so she could access the archives relating to the Bloomsbury Group held by the Lilly Library, as she works towards the final draft of her novel, This Devastating Fever. The book is based on specific periods in the life of Leonard Woolf. These include 1904–1911, when he was an administrator in Ceylon, 1911–1915, the years of his courtship of, and marriage to, Virginia Woolf and 1934–1942, which takes in the build-up to WW2 and ends with Virginia’s death.
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