Writers Centre adjustments its title to Marion Inc

One inspiring Marion: Marion Mahoney Griffin.

IN a shocking transfer, the ACT Writers Centre has determined to rename itself Marion Inc.

Whereas not particularly named after anybody individual, the names, the board mentioned, could possibly be seen as “a tipped hat to 2 artistic forces which have influenced our area and demonstrated specific fortitude, creativity and dedication”— writer Marion Halligan and architect-artist Marion Mahoney Griffin.”

The announcement was made this night (November 18) at a particular occasion in Nicholls the place CEO Meg Wilson and the board outlined what they known as “a brand new chapter for ACT writers”, which might contain a brand new imaginative and prescient and the organisational title change, together with some reflection on the centre’s legacy.

In a proper assertion, the board mentioned: “Aligned with the ACT Arts Minister’s Assertion of Ambition, our new route as an organisation [which] champions ACT area writers and is about to assist and develop our revolutionary, numerous, and established writing sector.”

Referring to the organisation’s lengthy historical past of serving writers throughout the ACT area and past, they mentioned: “Over a quarter-century, this bodily “centre” for writers of all ranges and backgrounds skilled enormous evolution.”

The opposite Marion, writer Marion Halligan.

However, they added, the time had come for brand new strategic goals that will mirror the present surroundings writers and related industries function in.

The title change is only one of numerous actions developed by the CEO and the enthusiastic board, chaired by Vogel Award-winning author Emma Batchelor, to professionalise the organisation’s companies, together with a plan supply extra subtle programs to printed writers.

Deputy chair Alex Sloan enthused: “I like the brand new title, a nod to nice creatives who’ve helped form us”, whereas Canberra literary advocate Deb Stevens mentioned: “Rebranding as Marion Inc has my full assist because it’s acknowledging Canberra truly has a wealthy historical past to honour and it’s a springboard for the organisation because it strives to grow to be a significant participant.”

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However the determination is sure to boost eyebrow as members of the broader neighborhood grapple with the obscurity of the title, the problem of googling it when in search of writers’ assist companies, and the gender-particularity of the brand new title.

From November 19 the organisation’s electronic mail shall be marion.ink


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Ian Meikle, editor