1 April 2019

Caitlin McGregor Awarded $2000 by Kat Muscat Fellowship Committee

Express Media and the Kat Muscat Custodial Committee are delighted to announce that they are awarding $2,000 to Caitlin McGregor to allow her the time to develop a series of essays around care.

Last month, the Committee awarded Caitlin McGregor highly commended for her application to the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Since then, an anonymous donor has come forward, allowing Express Media and the Committee to make this unique award in recognition of the excellence of her application and in the importance of her work.

Veronica Sullivan, Chair of the Kat Muscat Fellowship Commitee, said: “We are absolutely delighted to award Caitlin McGregor $2000 for the development of her essay collection. The Committee were deeply impressed by Caitlin’s application, and we are thrilled that this donation will enable Caitlin the time and space to work on her book.

The Fund is only able to support one annual fellow, so we are hugely grateful to the donor whose generosity has made this possible. The Kat Muscat Fellowship relies entirely upon donations from members of the public to allow us to continue to support young Australian writers and editors.”

Of the Award, Caitlin McGregor has said: “It’s notoriously difficult to be able to afford to spend time on creative projects, and I’ve been trying for quite a while to work on an essay collection using whatever slivers of leftover time I can find. This very generous donation will allow me to prioritise my writing, and I cannot thank the donor, as well as Express Media, the Muscat family and everyone on the Fellowship Committee, anywhere near enough. Thank you so much for your generosity, for the ongoing support you give to young and emerging writers, and for your interest and belief in my work.  

It’s an honour to have my project recognised in Kat’s name, and I will strive to create work that does justice to her legacy of courageous, defiant, feminist, empathic writing and activism.”

The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a woman or non-binary person aged 16-30. Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship aims to continue Kat’s legacy and further develop the future of defiant and empathic young Australian feminists.

The 2019 Kat Muscat Fellow is Liana Skrzypczak. You can read more about Liana’s project, The Lore of Jeju, on the Express Media website.

The Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Fellowship includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members.

The Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of the community and the Muscat family. For information on The Kat Muscat Fellowship, find us here.

For media enquiries, please contact Jes Layton | Communications and Administrator Coordinator | 03 9094 7889 | info@expressmedia.org.au