Richard Flanagan: ‘We must honour and sustain Australian creators.’

The following speech on creativity was delivered by acclaimed author Richard Flanagan at the Copyright Agency’s end-of-year event in Sydney, 30 November 2017. “In 1964 a rising young Labor politician called Gough Whitlam told a senate enquiry that there was no such thing as a publishing industry in Australia. In 1964 an Australian living in […]

Walkleys, Stanleys celebrate written and visual journalistic excellence

Awards for our leading journalists, photographers and cartoonists have flowed thick and fast in the past few weeks. Walkley Awards On Wednesday 29 November, the 62nd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were held in Brisbane. Fairfax Media’s Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty won the coveted Gold Walkley Award​ for their extraordinary work, “Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul”. Kate Geraghty was […]

Green light for Copyright Agency and Viscopy merger

After a successful five-year ‘Services Agreement’ and a Scheme of Arrangement approved by the Supreme Court, the corporate regulator ASIC and members, Copyright Agency and Viscopy formally merged on 30 November. At extraordinary general meetings of the Copyright Agency and Viscopy, members of both organisations overwhelmingly voted to support the merger of the two rights […]

Namatjira family legacy restored

In October, news emerged that the rights in the work of globally recognised Indigenous watercolourist Albert Namatjira had been returned to the Namatjira family after decades of campaigning. The ABC’s Isabel Dayman reported that the copyright controversy ended, not in a courtroom, but on the phone after the intervention of a high-profile Australian millionaire. Dick […]

Big names revealed in Word for Word 2017 line-up

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund is a proud supporter of the upcoming Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival in Geelong, 17-19 November. The festival celebrates non-fiction writing in all its exciting forms, genres and facets, and this year boasts an impressive line-up of internationally renowned, award-winning Australian authors. Chief Executive of the Copyright Agency, Adam […]

Copyright Agency supports marriage equality

The Copyright Agency supports Marriage Equality. We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisation and the broader community. People who love each […]

Dates set for Copyright Agency and Viscopy EGMs on merger

The Copyright Agency and Viscopy announced their intention to merge earlier this year. This process is now underway and, as such, two Extraordinary General Meetings will be held on 2 November – one for Viscopy members (to vote for the change) and one for Copyright Agency members to vote to amend the Copyright Agency’s constitution […]

Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions wins 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Australia’s most prestigious literary award has been bestowed on Josephine Wilson for Extinctions, published by UWA Publishing. In a year when the Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is fitting the 2017 winning novel should address the themes of ageing and survival. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles […]

Image Credit: Sample book artwork spreads designed by Joanna Hunt for Allen & Unwin / Tjanpi (November 2019). Stills are from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers stop-motion animation Ngayuku Papa (My Dog): Bluey and Big Boy; story & narration by Maureen Butler, directed by Jonathan Daw and Maureen Butler, 2018.

Image Credit: 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist. Book covers supplied.

Image Credit: Aboriginal artist Elton Wirri. Photo by Guy Louanglath.

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