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Writer In Residence: Meet Jennifer Eadie and Jess Martin

Announcing successful applicants Jennifer Eadie and Jess Martin

The Mill’s Writer in Residence program is focused on fostering arts writing and criticism by emerging arts writers. This year The Mill will partner with Fine Print magazine for writing and editing support and with Scotch College for an additional Writer In Residence educational program.

Jennifer and Jess will each undertake a 6 month residency at The Mill in a private studio, with The Mill commissioning three pieces of writing per artist and support them on a personal collaborative project.

For more info on the Writer in Residence Program

Jennifer Eadie: September 2019 - February 2020

Jennifer is writer and artist, having only recently moved to Adelaide / Kaurna country. Currently, she is a lecturer & tutor for the Aboriginal Pathway Program at UniSA. Jennifer studied art and creative writing at UNSW and critical legal studies at ANU. Her writing practice is motivated by the broad question of whether the notion of community - which is currently premised on an exclusive human ‘we’ - can be re-imagined so as to recognise and include ecological agency. Her upcoming book Rethinking the Animal Rights Movement (Routledge) explores this question from historical and activist perspectives. Her writing has been published in Modern Fiction Studies, Borderlands e-journal and extempore.

Jess Martin: March - August 2020

Jess Martin is a non-fiction writer, multi-disciplinary artist, producer and arts worker. As a critic their work has been published in Fest Magazine, Buzzcuts, On Dit and dB Magazine. Jess has a strong interest in experimental performance, dance and theatre. They also write creative non- ction in the form of personal essay. In their writing Jess has a clear voice which captures strong visual imagery, a sense of gestural motion, and unexpected wit. Jess's artistic practice involves working primarily with textile sculpture in relation with the body, informed by themes of phenomenological exploration, regional landscapes and communities, and queer identity. In 2018 Jess participated in Vitalstatistix's Adhocracy residency and performance festival with lead artist Alaskan First Nations dancer Emily Johnson, contributing spoken word and site speci c performance. In May this year they took part in the UNESCO Riverland Biosphere Soundscape Lab at Calperum Station, lead by sound artist Jesse Budel. Most recently Jess has worked with Japanese-Australian contemporary artist Hiromi Tango at Splendour in the Grass facilitating the Hiromi Hotel: Brain Flower project space. They also participated in process driven dance performance at Hiromi Hotel lead by artists from Hobart based DRILL dance company and Adelaide based Motus collective. Jess has studied media, politics and art history and is currently working as a moderator at MOD. and as a freelance writer and artist.

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Writer in Residence: Letti K-Ewing 2018/19

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Meet Letti K-Ewing - recipient of The Mill's 2018/19 Writer in Residence program.

Letti is a published journalist and poetry writer with a special interest in the Arts. She has written for Adelaide online and print magazine Yewth, and Edinburgh-based magazine, Fest, covering both local and international artists and acts during Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, and beyond.

Letti has also had her poetry published in Chicago-based magazine Hooligan Mag, and exhibited written poetry works locally at Adelaide Fringe Festival.

You can view Letti's portfolio of works and engage with her through her website: https://lettikewing.wordpress.com/

Letti receives a studio at The Mill for 6 months, a budget for commissioned writing and publication outcomes with our partner organisations.

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Writer in Residence: Ben Brooker 2018/19


Meet Ben Brooker - recipient of The Mill's 2018/19 Writer in Residence program.

Ben is a writer, editor, critic, essayist, and playwright. His work has been featured by Overland, New Matilda, New Internationalist, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Review. Ben is a co-facilitator of Adelaide’s Quart Short literary reading salons and in 2016-17 was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow.

Find out more: www.benbrooker.com

Ben receives a studio at The Mill for 6 months, a budget for commissioned writing and publication outcomes with our partner organisations.


It was great to have The Mill’s support, and the company of so many lovely Mill residents, as I wrote some of the most challenging and rewarding pieces I’ve done in some time. From getting branded (twice!) to tangling with Peter Goers, it was a wild ride.” - Ben Brooker, 2018-19 Writer in Residence

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Writer in Residence: Eleanor Scicchitano 2017/18


Introducing The Mill's debut Writer in Residence, Eleanor Scicchitano.

Eleanor is the Visual Arts Program Curator at Country Arts SA. In 2012 she completed a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies at Adelaide University and she has previously work as a co-director at FELTspace ARI and founding co-director of onesixteenth ARI. She is a Board member at ACE Open, and spent 5 weeks in Venice in 2015, working in the Australian Pavilion at the Biennale.

She maintains in independent curatorial and writing practice, and has presented exhibitions in galleries around Australia. She has published articles, reviews and essays with Artlink Magazine, Marmalade, and for a number of artists and galleries in Adelaide.

We are excited to welcome two Writers in Residence for 2017-18. Over the next 12 months, these to artists create work for, with and about The Mill, from a permanent base within our creative community.


The writer-in-residence program at The Mill gave me the space, not just physically but also mentally, to focus on my writing. It allowed me to dedicate time to my practice, and to grow it through new opportunities. I was able to expand my repertoire to include pieces about dance and residencies. This was challenging, but also rewarding as I was able to learn a new language, and to explore a different discipline.” - Eleanor Scicchitano, 2017-18 Writer in Residence

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Writer in Residence: Aimee Knight 2017/18)


Introducing The Mill's debut Writer in Residence, Aimee Knight.

Aimee writes cultural criticism and creative non-fiction. Her words appear on and in The Big Issue Australia, Little White Lies, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Daily Life, Broadly and more.

In 2015 she was a Writer in Residence at SA Writers Centre. The following year, she was selected for Critics Campus at Melbourne International Film Festival. She’s set to appear as an artist at National Young Writers' Festival in October 2017.

Aimee is a poptimist who digs gender equality, sexual diversity and good mental health. Dancing on stage with Bruce Springsteen didn’t cure her anxiety, but it sure did help.

Read her work here: https://www.clippings.me/siraimeeknight

We are excited to welcome two Writers in Residence for 2017-18. Over the next 12 months, these to artists create work for, with and about The Mill, from a permanent base within our creative community.


As an inaugural Writer in Residence at The Mill, I've had the space and support to connect with many of the resident and exhibiting artists. It's a lively environment full of fascinating people creating vital new work. The Mill's staff has been especially encouraging of all my literary endeavours.” - Aimee Knight, 2017-18 Writer in Residence

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Call Out: Writer in Residence 2017/18

Call Out Details

Online Applications Open: 5th June 2018
Applications Close: 29th June, 2018
Notification: 13th July, 2018

The Mill's Writer in Residency fosters arts writing and criticism by emerging South Australian arts writers. The program provides a 12 month studio residency at The Mill on Angas Street, and four pieces of commissioned writing for circulation via our publication partners.

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The residency has two main aims - to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging with the arts AND to support writers in their professional development.

This is an opportunity for a writer to establish a permanent base from which to pursue their own artistic project/s alongside producing works commissioned by The Mill. The Mill is interested in engaging with writers whose work is cross-disciplinary in nature or, in some way intersects with different creative forms.

This program aims to create a broader audience for arts writing.

The Writer in Residence is provided with

  • A dedicated writers' studio for 12 months, embedded in The Mill's creative community.

  • Access to The Mill as an Associate Artist, including 24-hour access to their studio, wifi via GIGCity, use of the meeting area, kitchen, exhibition and event spaces.

  • Opportunities to meet and collaborate with a artists from a diverse range of disciplines and creative backgrounds, who use The Mill as a permanent or casual base for operations.

  • Four pieces of work, commissioned by The Mill, and developed in conversation with the artist, The Mill and our publication partners.

  • An opportunity to grow creatively and professionally with support from The Mill and our networks.

Selection is made by a panel consisting of Associate Artists and members of The Mill management. Successful applicants will be chosen based on the following criteria;

Essential Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment their writing practice.

  • Show interest in arts writing, and/or in being aligned with the creative community at The Mill.

  • Provide details of a major creative project / work-in-progress to be developed during the residency, with support from The Mill.

  • Propose at least one of the four commissioned pieces in their application, and commit to delivering all four in line with publication guidelines. This writing should contribute to national conversations around visual and / or performing arts - aesthetics, practice, curation, etc. For example, writers may choose to respond to / critique specific visual art works or exhibitions, comment on trends developing across creative or curatorial practice, investigate innovative modes of creation, present research into an area of professional artistic practice.... etc. Pieces should align with the writer's interests in visual or performing arts and give consideration to potential publication outcomes.

  • Articulate the impact this opportunity will have on their artistic and professional development

  • Be committed to contributing to the diverse writing community in Australia.

  • Meet application requirements and be prepared to establish a writing studio at The Mill.

  • Agree to write an evaluation report at the conclusion of the residency.

Desirable Criteria

Preference will be given to applicants who;

  • Demonstrate an interest to share creatively or collaborate.

  • Propose artistically strong, interesting work.

  • Show an interest in multi-disciplinary projects.

  • Have undertaken tertiary-level study in a writing field.

  • Show interest in being part of a writing community and network.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the value of this residency?

The Writer in Residence is provided with a private studio space at The Mill for a period of 12 months (value $3,775), and is paid for each of the four commissioned works ($200 each).

What do you require from me?

You will be required to meet regularly with The Mill and our publication partners to discuss pitches, progress and outcomes. You are required to submit four commissioned works over the 12 months of your residency, as well as two Associate Artist profiles for publication through our channels.

What hours do I have to be there? 

We don't expect you to work 9 'til 5, Monday to Friday, as we understand you may have a job or study commitments. However, we do expect you to make use of the space each week and be an active member of The Mill community while you are in residence.

When does this residency take place? 

The residency has set dates from August 2018 - July 2019. Dates will be confirmed with The Mill when the residency is allocated. Commissioned works will be spaced throughout the 12 months and delivered (quarterly-ish) in line with publication timelines. 

What is the major creative project? 

This residency is aimed supporting writers in their professional development. It provides an opportunity for you to delve into your own creative work to a new level, in a dedicated studio and surrounded by supportive artists and The Mill management. The major creative project can be anything you're currently working on, or aspire to create. It can be anything - creative, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose... Tell us what excites you about writing. The strength of your proposal will inform the selection process, but is not a defining factor. You are also free to make use of The Mill's other spaces in the pursuit your writing.

What are the commissioned works? Can I choose what to write about? 

The commissioned works are a way for you to engage with the creative community (locally, nationally and beyond) and contribute to critical dialogue surrounding artistic work that is of particular interest to you. You may choose to respond to visual art works or exhibitions, curation, performing arts practice, trends and modes of expression, or create written work researching a particular area of interest within professional artistic practice.

Who does the writing belong to at the end of the residency? 

Copyright of all work produced by the Writer in Residency, commissioned by or as part of the residency, remains solely with The Mill. Any other work developed by The Artist remains solely with them.  

For inquiries contact Erin Fowler, The Mill Director via email

Applications have now closed.