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Westerly Writers’ Development Program 2019

In partnership with Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and with the support of The Copyright Agency‘s Cultural Fund, Westerly Magazine is thrilled to announce the successful applicants to our Writers’ Development Program 2019!


Introduced in 2016, the Westerly Writers’ Development Program has been instrumental in providing mentoring and publishing support to Western Australian emerging writers. For the fourth year running, we are happy to welcome five new writers to the program. They will gain vital publishing experience that we are sure will lead to future writing success.

With the talent we always find applying for our program, choosing our final list of participants is always difficult. This year, Westerly are pleased to announce that Mia Kelly, Thomas Simpson, Kaya Lattimore, Skylah McNeair and Riley Faulds will be going through our Writers’ Development Program over the next year!

Commencing in September 2019, these five writers will be mentored by experienced and award-winning WA authors, and will have the opportunity to take a short residence at KSP Writers’ Centre. Every year, we look forward to seeing their work published in print and online! Westerly loves running this program; we’re wishing our participants a wonderful and memorable journey. We can’t wait to see what they produce!

Mia Kelly is a Perth-based writer whose work explores nostalgia and fears of loss. She is currently interested in how writing can alter experiences of temporality. 

Thomas Simpson is a Fremantle based poet, who is inspired by senses of place. His poetry has appeared in Australian publications Voiceworks Magazine and Creatrix Journal.

Kaya Lattimore is a Filipinx-Australian writer and poet. As a mestiza, immigrant and queer womxn, her writing obsessions include diaspora, family histories, queer and racial identity, and language. Her poetry has recently appeared in amberflora zine and Djed Press, among others.

Skylah McNeair is a second year Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Western Australia. She completed the Aboriginal Orientation Course through the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA. Skylah is living away from home and has been involved with writing and writing programs since primary school; she is passionate about writing and expression. Skylah hopes to make a career in journalism and writing creative fiction and nonfiction upon graduating university.

Riley Faulds is a twenty-year-old student who has lived in the beautiful, complicated environments of Western Australia’s North and South. Riley particularly loves writing about Australian landscapes and peoples, with poetry published in Rabbit and the birthday cards of family and friends.

This group of talented participants are sure to produce some amazing work over the next year so please subscribe to the magazine and stay tuned!


Westerly would like to thank both the Copyright Agency‘s Cultural Fund and Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre for their support of this program.

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