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Sam Wallman is the 2022 Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Writing Fellow

We are proud to announce Sam Wallman as the recipient of the 2022 Maria Pallotta Chiarolli Fellowship.

October 19, 2022

Centre for Stories is delighted to announce Sam Wallman as the recipient of the 2022 Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers.

Sam Wallman is a comics-journalist, writer and illustrator based primarily in Melbourne on unceded Wurundjeri country.  His comics-journalism has been published in The Age, Internazionale, The New York Times, Overland Literary Journal, The Lifted Brow, The Guardian, SBS and ABC.

He was nominated for three Walkley Awards for pieces of comics-journalism (2014–2016).  His collaborative piece, At Work in Our Detention Centres: A Guard’s Story won the ‘Australian Human Rights Award’ (Media category) (2014).

In 2016, Scribe approached Sam about writing a book, which ultimately became Our Members Be Unlimited: his first book, a 256-page comic about the history and promise of collective action through unions. Our Members Be Unlimited  won support from national and international unions,necessitating a reprint even before its official publication date in June this year. It has been published in New Zealand, the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Sam is the co-founder of the Workers Art Collective (2018–ongoing), he covered the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election for American, Australia and Italian media outlets, covered the 2015 ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Eastern Europe for American, Australia and Italian media outlets and established an activist artists and writers studio in the North Tower of Victorian Trades Hall (2013–ongoing).

Sam will take up his fellowship in the first quarter of 2023. He will be working on his second book, a collaboration with Walkley Award winning journalist and Guardian columnist Jeff Sparrow. The working title is ’12 Rules for Strife’. a long-form comic, exploring different principles that might guide political organising within social movements.  Judges John Ryan, Sisonke Msimang and Brooke Dunnell said that Sam’s application speaks to his body of work which is distinctive and deeply informed by the personal: all of it coheres around the practice of social justice through art. His new project, his second long form work, a kind of ‘intersectional grassroots activist handbook’, is timely.


To find out more about Sam Wallman visit his website.

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