Celebrating 30 years of Varuna

Varuna alumni Dr Jackie Bailey writes about the many ways she loves the Australia's much-loved writers retreat, which turns 30 this year.

This March, Varuna celebrates its 30th year as a writers house. The birthday has invited an outpouring of love from Australia’s writers.

Back in 2003, I could not believe my luck when I was awarded an ‘emerging writers fellowship’ to spend a week at Varuna, mentored by Charlotte Wood, who had just published her first novel, Pieces of a Girl. The Writers’ House was a tween then, 12 years into its new incarnation as a residential centre for writers. But it already had all the hallmarks which make Varuna such a treasure for Australian writers.

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Dr Jackie Bailey
About the Author
Dr Jackie Bailey is the founder and Principal of the award-winning research, strategy and evaluation consultancy BYP Group. Jackie has a PhD (Creative Writing) from the University of New South Wales, a University Medal, BA (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Theology from The New Seminary and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Media from the University of Melbourne. Jackie is also a writer of creative fiction and non-fiction. She has been published in a number of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, ArtLook, Arts Professional UK, Global Storytelling and Online Opinion. Jackie is currently working on a non-fiction book about spirituality for non-religious people.