May 7, 2019

Getting the backstory on writing and publishing

The Cultural Fund has once again funded Express Media’s Toolkits 12-week mentoring program for writers under 30, underway now in three genres, and seeking applications in early June for two further streams: Poetry and Digital Storytelling. Toolkits helps young writers develop their skills in a unique online environment, with facilitators and guest authors Zoya Patel, Mira Schlosberg,Jennifer […]

May 6, 2019

When an artist and an author meet

Sydney artist Evert Ploeg has been illustrating book covers for children’s author, poet and publisher Geoffrey McSkimming since the late 1980s but had only spent limited time with the Cairo Jim chronicles author. When his daughters were around 9 and 6, “we started going to book launches” as they were into McSkimming’s Phyllis Wong books […]

March 8, 2019

Supporting authors and readers at festivals

Audiences at the recent Perth and Adelaide Writers’ Weeks heard from an incredible array of speakers, including several sessions supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. In Perth in late February, the sponsored panels were: Other Lives, Other Bodies – chaired by Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling – Sydneysiders and Aesthetics, Arguments & Anthills. The Cultural Fund […]

March 4, 2019

US Open Library is infringing Australian authors’ copyright

The Australian Society of Authors has joined with similar organisations in the UK and America to condemn the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, which aims to digitise and distribute books for free. A recent examination of the project by the ASA found that the site was hosting scanned copies of in-copyright books by Australian authors […]

February 11, 2019

The Wheeler Centre announces new Hot Desk Residency at the Norma Redpath Studio

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are back for 2019 – once again made possible by the generous support of the Readings Foundation. Twenty writers will be offered fellowships throughout the year. For the third year, an additional Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright, which is supported by the […]

February 8, 2019

The Stella Prize 2019 longlist announced in Sydney

The longlist for the 2019 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, was announced last Thursday in Sydney. Each of the twelve finalists receives $1,000 from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in recognition and support of their achievement. The longlist contains seven works of fiction and five of non-fiction – including the work of two authors who have […]

February 7, 2019

New research on the international success of Australian books

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has partnered with the Australia Council for the Arts to support Macquarie University’s research examining the international rights sales and export of Australian books over the last decade. Both organisations will contribute $30,000 to the study. In a first, the university study will collect data on the extent and nature […]

January 11, 2019

New Indigenous literary award honours late Kimberley Elder Daisy Utemorrah

Magabala Books is delighted to partner with the State Government of Western Australia and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund to announce The Daisy Utemorrah Award, a national award open to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The Daisy Utemorrah Award is a new unpublished manuscript award for a work of junior and YA fiction, […]

Image Credit: Winnie Dunn, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Omar Sakr at the Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist event. Photo: Belinda Rolland

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