The Bush Retreats for Eco-Writers (BREW) network offers free 10-day residencies for writers, poets, students and artists who explore ecological themes. Initiated by eminent Australian environmental philosopher Professor Freya Mathews, the network currently has five sites, located on ecologically significant private properties in various parts of Australia.
With a view to fostering environmental culture in Australia, we warmly invite applications for residencies to undertake ecological writing, research or art projects at any one of our properties.
Innovative conservation projects are underway on several of the properties and, to support this work, these sites are also available as research sites to interested ecologists. Opportunities may exist to partner with local art centres and present in local schools.
Hosts offer basic self-catering accommodation. There is no charge, but residents may be asked to make a small contribution towards electricity and other costs. On some properties, residents can participate in conservation activities. We ask our residents to provide a short report on their stay to post on the BREW website for the benefit of other applicants (see News.)
We sincerely acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the sites in the BREW network and we pay our respects to the Elders of the relevant countries, both past and present.
Justine Philip, 2015, at Blue Bucket
Topic: A cultural history of the dingo
Darryl Jones, 2016, at Tamborine Mountain
Topic: The feeding of wild birds
Johanna Garnett, 2016, at Tamborine Mountain
Topic: Environmental peace-building in Myanmar
Marty Branagan, 2016, at Tamborine Mountain
Topic: An eco-sci-fi novel, Locked On: The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers’ Guide Trilogy
Vanessa Bible, 2017, at Tamborine Mountain
Topic: Terania Creek and the birth of modern environmental activism
Allis Hamilton, 2017, at Pinchgut Creek
Topic: Homecoming, poetry, and curlews
Jilda Andrews, 2018, at Pinchgut Creek
Topic: Encounters with cultural material in museum collections: An Indigenous perspective
Francesca Sidoti, 2018, at Blue Bucket
Topic: Places of significance to young adults
Vivienne Glance, 2019, at Blue Bucket
Topic: The Story Shall Be Changed, a novel about a group of environmental activists working to save remnant old growth forest
Maddee Clark, 2019, at Tamborine Mountain
Topic: Indigenous futurism in literature
Gerda Roelvink, 2019, at Pinchgut Creek
Topic: Cultural economic geography and regenerative agriculture
For detailed reports of each residency, see News.
If you would like more information or a residency application form, please send a message via the ‘Contact us’ page.
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