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Shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, Maria Papas shares her manuscript about what it is like to bear witness as a sibling battles a serious and frightening illness - News

Shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, Maria Papas shares her manuscript about what it is like to bear witness as a sibling battles a serious and frightening illness

October 12, 2020

Maria Papas’s manuscript, I Belong to the Lake, is one of three unpublished manuscripts in the running to win the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. If she wins, she’ll secure herself a publishing contract with Fremantle Press and a $15,000 cash prize from the City of Fremantle.

In this podcast, Maria chats to Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller about her frustration with how some narratives deal with cancer as a blip in the lives of the characters – not as a disease that can have a profound and lifelong effect on sufferers and family members alike.

This is the second time Maria has been shortlisted for the Hungerford and she has a message to all creative writing students about the importance of perseverance.

The winner of the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award will be announced at Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday 22 October. Tickets are free but places are limited so RSVP soon.

Music: ‘Letter to a Daughter of St George’, from The Meat Lunch EP: Songs from Floaters. Written by Alan Fyfe. Performed by Trevor Bentley (guitar and vocals – @trevormb) and Chris Parkinson (harmonica). Produced by Blake Carnaby of Nuglife studios with impresario work by Benjamin P. Newton.
Producer: Claire Miller
Mastered and edited by: Aidan d’Adhemar
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