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Asialink Literature Residency Program
or Asialink Arts Exchanges Program
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
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'Since 1991 Asialink's Arts Residency Program has provided professional development opportunities for arts professionals working in and across artforms, in exchange for the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with local host communities. Asialink Arts Residencies are innovative, flexible and supportive, and are grounded in personal and enduring relationships. The program promotes sustained cross-cultural dialogue by facilitating reciprocal residencies and trialing new models of engagement.'

(Source: )

Known as the Asialink Arts Exchanges Program since 2018.


  • The Asialink Literature Residency Program began in 1997 and has selected writers for residencies in 11 countries including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam.

    'The program has involved writers of fiction, poetry, history, essays, playwriting, screenplays, young adult fiction and travel [...] Hosts vary from Australian Studies Centres and University Literature departments to artists retreats, writers centres and publishers.'

    (Source: Asialink website,

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2019

recipient Sally Sussman

Creative exchange to Taiwan.

recipient Stephanie Bishop

Creative exchange to Japan.

recipient Courtney Collins

Creative exchange to India.

recipient Andy Butler

Creative exchange to the Philippines.

Year: 2018

recipient Annee Lawrence


recipient Suneeta Peres da Costa


recipient Mirandi Riwoe Singapore.
recipient Kate Larsen


recipient Miles Allinson


recipient Josephine Wilson


recipient Sally Murphy


Year: 2015

recipient Adam Narnst for residency in China
recipient Nicholas Verso for residency in Beijing
recipient Omar Musa for residency in Malaysia
recipient David Finnigan for residency in Manila
recipient Sally Richardson for residency in Taipei and Fremantle

Year: 2014

Julienne Van Loon Van Loon says she will use her residency to commence a new work of long fiction that reinterprets several traditional stories of early Buddhist nuns.
recipient Terry Jaensch For residency in Korea
recipient Michelle Aung Thin for residency in Myanmar
recipient André Dao for residency in Vietnam
recipient Reko Rennie-Gwaybilla for residency in Yogyakarta

Year: 2012

winner Stuart Cooke The Philippines.

Works About this Award

Pandora : A Guided Tour of Various (Non) Fictions Jayne Fenton-Keane , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Wanderings in India : Australian Perspectives 2012; (p. 198-207)

'I’m still trying to process my Indian experience and my surprise at discovering that there was another place in the world where I belonged, that felt like home. It was a strange experience, as residencies are, because on the one hand I was a tourist in the brash, exaggerated landscape of what Mark Twain called the ‘most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds’ (Paine 1912:1013), and on the other I was isolated from the glare of that sun by my containment within the residency.' (Introduction) 

Writing Place in India - A Personal Journey from Prose to Poetry Virginia Jealous , 2012 single work prose travel
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 9-15)
A Case for Literary Contamination Jane Camens , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 18 2007; (p. 67-78)