Fire Flood Plague anthology hits bookshelves

Cultural Fund

Over the course of 2020, the Copyright Agency has supported Australian writers through our suite of Emergency Action Funding. We are now delighted to share one of the outcomes of that funding: Penguin Random House’s Fire Flood Plague anthology (edited by author Sophie Cunningham), which contains newly-commissioned writing reflecting on the impact of this year and the personal challenges that each contributor faced along the way.

Fire Flood Plague features essays by award-winning writers, journalists, environmentalists, scientists and historians, including Miles Franklin Literary Award-winner Melissa Lucashenko, Nyadol Nyuon, Christos Tsiolkas, Billy Griffiths, Jess Hill, Kim Scott, Brenda Walker, Jane Rawson, Omar Sakr, Richard McGregor, Jennifer Mills, Gabrielle Chan, John Birmingham, Tim Flannery, Rebecca Giggs, Kate Cole-Adams, George Megalogenis, James Bradley, Alison Croggon, Melanie Cheng, Kirsten Tranter, Lenore Taylor, Tom Griffiths, Joelle Gergis and Delia Falconer.

Copyright Agency’s contribution ensured that writers were paid appropriate industry rates, and secured the support of Guardian Australia and Penguin Random House. We have been extremely fortunate to work with publisher Meredith Curnow and, as previously announced, to partner with Guardian Australia in publishing select pieces from July onwards. Longer versions now appear in this important anthology, which was published by Penguin Random House on 1 December.

Fire Flood Plague is available now in book shops and was officially launched online by the Wheeler Centre. It is a compelling and important reflection on an extraordinary year, capturing unique perspectives on an unprecedented and (hopefully) never-to-be-repeated moment in time.

Thank you for the great response to our Fire Flood Plague giveaway! We have received twenty correct responses from Copyright Agency members, who will each receive a complimentary copy of the book posted to them by 14 December.

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