Hannah is currently completing her first novel which is set in London, Hong Kong and China. For this work in progress, she was awarded the 2013 Ray Koppe Residency for an Emerging Writer.


Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency 2013 Winner Announcement (press release)


Publishing Artshub: Hannah Bent wins Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Varuna: Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency


The Australian Society of Authors is delighted to present the results of the 2013 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency. This year’s Residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House has been awarded to Hannah Bent for her work-in-progress, a novel set in Hong Kong in 1997.


This annual program provides a one-week stay at Varuna to an unpublished Australian writer under 30, to support the development of a new work. The ASA received the highest number of submissions for the 2013 program. The quality and diversity of the applications reflected the healthy state of young Australian writing.

Bent’s untitled manuscript follows Harper Ming Hua and her sister Marlowe Xiao Qing, who has Down syndrome. When Harper is denied a heart transplant, Marlowe finds herself at odds with her family and culture in confronting how far she will go to save her sister.


Assessor Hazel Edwards stated that Bent’s work was keenly observed, with realistic characterisation which ‘gives the reader the reassurance of being in the world of a competent storyteller.’ Assessor Lynne Spender noted the work’s universal appeal, its skilful exploration of issues and use of contrasting locations. Spender commented that the work had ‘an authentic voice … and an entirely credible description of people and places.’ Bent’s background in filmmaking was evident in the extract, and the panel enjoyed her ironic humour.


Please click on the articles below to read samples of her journalism.