Creating lifelong literary connections

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund supports Australia’s literary community in myriad ways and sometimes, serendipitously, creates connections that go far beyond expectations. Our support for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award has helped introduce new audiences to the award-winning author Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad, who was shortlisted for The Lebs (Hachette Australia). Each shortlisted writer receives […]

2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist unveiled

A two-time winner and three first-time nominees are among the talented Australian authors shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, announced on Tuesday 2 July at the Mitchell Library of NSW – the “literary home” of Miles Franklin. The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, alongside award trustee Perpetual, announced six authors – three men and […]

CREATE grants now open for mid-career authors and artists

The Copyright Agency is calling for applicants for its annual round of CREATE grants, which close next month on 19 August. CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. Grants are allocated in $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 amounts. Author Josephine Rowe received $10,000 last August for […]

Miles Franklin longlist announced

The trustee of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, Perpetual, has announced 10 talented authors who have been included in the 2019 longlist for the Miles Franklin Award. The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established by prolific author and feminist Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, now best known for her first novel My Brilliant Career. First […]

Copyright Agency awards $46k to authors, artists

Eight authors and three artists have received a total of $46,440 from the Cultural Fund’s IGNITE grants program. The grants, ranging from $1900 to $5000, support the individuals through structured mentorships, residencies and study, some of which involves international travel. The authors are:  NSW: Winnie Dunn, Adele Dumont, Ellen O’Brien and Michele Freeman. VIC: Janine […]

Book industry’s stellar night of nights

The 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced on Thursday 2 May at a red carpet Oscars-for-the-bookish event in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s International Convention Centre. Debut novelist Trent Dalton cleaned up this year for his literary bestselling triumph Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins Australia). Boy Swallows Universe won four Awards – the first book ever to do so; an ABIAs record – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

Image Credit: Created using Shutterstock and Unsplash.

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