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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    GRANT McLENNAN MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCED

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    GRANT McLENNAN MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCED

     

    Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh today announced Brisbane songwriter Helen Franzmann as the winner of the $20,000 2009 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship.

    “This award honours one of our great popular artists – Grant McLennan,” said Ms Bligh.

    ”Grant and his collaborators, The Go-Betweens, were pioneers in forging a whole new sound for Australian music.

    “He was a great storyteller and, in this Q150 year, as we honour our people, our places and our stories, it is fitting that we also remember Grant’s contribution to our state’s culture and the legacy that lives on in his songs.”

    Ms Bligh said Ms Franzmann, who lives in Brisbane, will travel to Berlin in 2010 as part of her prize.

    “Helen, performing under the name McKisko, is passionate about creating beautiful, honest songs,” Ms Bligh said.

    “She spent two years working on her first album, Glorio, which was released to critical acclaim earlier this year and she now plans to spend her time in Berlin meeting with labels to secure a European distributor for Glorio.

    “The selection panel - Robert Forster, Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson from The Go-Betweens, and Grant’s sister Sally McLennan - sought a contemporary music songwriter with both experience and exceptional talent, and Helens fit the bill perfectly.”

    The annual Fellowship offers the winner a trip to either London, Berlin or New York, cities which had a lasting impact on Grant’s songwriting and career.

    Others shortlisted for the Fellowship were: Heinz Riegler, Kate Jacobson and Daniel Widdicombe.

    The announcement coincided with the presentation of a legacy item to the Grant McLennan Archive at the State Library of Queensland by 2008 Fellowship recipients, John Busby and Christopher Dale, of Halfway.

    The duo, who recently returned from London as part of their Fellowship win, donated a framed photo to the Archive.

    “I look forward to seeing the Archive grow in the coming years as a valuable resource for contemporary music in Queensland and a reflection of the incredible depth of songwriting talent in our state,” Ms Bligh said.

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    21 July 2009