July 3, 2019

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 […]

July 2, 2019

$116m paid to members in 2018/19

The Copyright Agency closed off the Financial Year 2018/19 making distributions to members of $116 million. The money, which comes from licence fees paid by the education, government and commercial sectors for using valuable copyright material, is paid across the creative economy – to publishers, authors, academics and teachers, plus to journalists and media publishers, […]

July 2, 2019

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 […]

June 21, 2019

Justine Youssef wins 2019 John Fries Award for ‘Under the table I learnt how to feed you’

The Copyright Agency has today announced Sydney artist Justine Youssef as the winner of the $10,000 John Fries Award at the opening of the award exhibition at UNSW Galleries. The judges also highly commended mother-daughter duo Betty Chimney and Raylene Walatinna from South Australia for their work Nganmpa Ngura (Our Country). Now celebrating its 10th […]

May 8, 2019

Narrative, language and intergenerational learning drive 2019 John Fries Award exhibition

One of Australia’s most anticipated early-career contemporary art events, the 2019 Copyright Agency John Fries Award exhibition, will open at UNSW Galleries on 21 June, when the winner of the $10,000 award will be announced. This year’s John Fries Award exhibition, There is Fiction in the Spaces Between, brings ambitious new works by the ten […]

May 7, 2019

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 – […]

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 […]

May 3, 2019

Justin Ractliffe awarded 2019 Publisher Fellowship

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has awarded a $15,000 Publisher Fellowship to Justin Ractliffe of Hachette Australia at the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “The Publisher Fellowship supports the pursuit of innovation and professional development from global experiences that can deliver benefits to the Australian publishing sector.” The […]

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Image Credit: Josephine Rowe and her forthcoming book 'Here Until August'. Images courtesy of the author.

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