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Bronwyn Lang is one of 20 recipients of the 2012 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate Award. Bronwyn is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Creative Arts. She has completed a Master of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong and held the role of WUPA (Wollongong University Postgraduate Association) President during 2011 and has been reelected for 2012. Bronwyn’s extensive experience in the creative and dramatic arts includes teaching drama in Australia and Kuwait, co-founding swap/meat, a local writers group in Wollongong N.S.W., participating in community radio and public poetry performances. Bronwyn’s written work has appeared in a number of publications including the Sun Herald newspaper and the literary journals LinQ Literature in North Queensland and New Zealand’s Blackmail Press. She has also run Creative Writing Workshops for young people and adults within Australia and overseas. As part of her Award, Bronwyn will undertake research in India that will support her PhD study on the life and work of the Australian poet Vicki Viidikas, who travelled and wrote throughout India between the 1970’s and 1990’s. While carrying out the research, Bronwyn plans to also complete her own creative works. Bronwyn also hopes to utilise the internship component of the Award and is exploring opportunities to undertake a placement with a scholarly literary/ arts journal published in India. The Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Awards will provide scholarships for the best and brightest university students from Australia and Asia. They provide the unique opportunity for postgraduates and undergraduates to undertake not only international study and research, but also internships or work placements. The Awards aim to build deep and enduring education and professional linkages between Australia and Asia. They also provide an opportunity for Australian universities and the Australian Government to work in partnership to identify and reward high calibre scholars.
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