What is there that is so pathetic about an old Australian road, lying in all the mystery of neglect beside a new one on which the traffic hurries thoughtlessly? Ah, what richness is in that very neglect! The shadows are different there…

from The Pea Pickers (1942) by Eve Langley, who died largely forgotten and in reduced circumstances in 1974.

The Writers Benevolent Fund provides assistance to authors finding themselves in financial difficulties. It was established on the initiative of the late Nancy Keesing, Australian poet and author. Nancy was a staunch member of the Australian Society of Authors and established a trust in 1981 with her generous founding donation.

Over the years, the Fund has accumulated capital from donations, which is invested in approved trustee securities. Grants are paid out from interest earned. Unpaid interest is added to the capital of the Fund. The trustees meet regularly to consider applications.

The Writers Benevolent Fund has been endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) since 1 July 2000. It is is covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. The Fund is a Public Benevolent Institution endorsed to access tax concessions for GST and FBT since July 2005 and Income Tax since July 2000. The details of the registration can be found on the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission https://www.acnc.gov.au

The current trustees are  Lynne Spender, Meg Stewart, Edmund Campion, Michael Frankel AM, and Roger McDonald.

Patrons are Pauline Griffin and Helen Garner.

Past Patrons: Mark Hertzberg, Nancy Keesing, Deirdre Hill, and Jon Cleary.

Writers requesting assistance can complete an application form providing details of their financial situation and reasons for seeking help. Forms can be obtained from

The Trustee Administrator
Writers Benevolent Fund Trustees
Suite 43,  61 Marlborough Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

or downloaded here, in Word or PDF.

Donations. Through donations and special appeals, the Writers Benevolent Fund seeks to increase its small capital base. We need your help and urge your interest and support.

For more information please follow link to Donations

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