Exciting writing news

Times are tough for our creative industries, but there are still good news stories to be found. In addition to our latest funding recipients and the winners of the ABIAs, here are some other positive announcements coming out of the arts sector.  2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist Ten authors have been longlisted for Australia’s […]

Bluey earns top honour at this year’s ABIAs

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop the book industry’s night of nights, as the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced via live-stream on Wednesday 13 May. The virtual event was supported by a who’s who of presenters, including APA President Lee Walker, prolific author and proud Wiradjuri woman Anita Heiss, and former […]

A special offer from Griffith Review

Griffith Review is one of Australia’s leading Australian literary magazines. Each themed edition presents new writing from emerging, mid-career and established writers, in the form of essays, memoir, reportage, short fiction, poetry and visual essays. The current edition – Griffith Review 68: Getting On – features the first essay from the Griffith Review Reportage Project. […]

Payments are coming! Update your details

Our largest annual payments to members – the Schools and Universities distributions – are coming up in June 2020, along with the TAFE distribution and payments to visual artists. We know that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic many of you are anxiously awaiting these distributions. We’re working hard to maintain our schedule with […]

Member update: Canada, COVID and more

Dear Members, I write to update you on a recent court decision in Canada; what we have being doing for you around COVID-19; our legal cases; payment for news content by big tech; and the Cultural Fund. Canadian judgement: writers, publishers and visual artists win, but still get smashed I think it is worth soberly […]

Additional $125,000 in Emergency Action Funding takes total to $500,000

The Copyright Agency has announced an additional $125,000 under its Emergency Action Funding, in addition to the recently announced $375,000 and bringing forward of the allocation of $1.8 million of Cultural Fund grants to the first part of next financial year. Copyright Agency’s CEO Adam Suckling said, “Our earlier-announced Emergency Action Funding of $375,000 was […]

Emergency Action Funding attracts huge demand for grants

The Copyright Agency has approved $375,000 in Emergency Action Funding for 45 applications from a groundswell of 420 applicants, indicative of the overwhelming need for support for the Australian creative sector. In April the Copyright Agency agreed to allocate $375,000 from its Future Fund to support Australian writers, publishers, visual artists and creative organisations during […]

A National Reconciliation Week poem

This week marks the start of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), spanning from 27 May (to commemorate the 1967 referendum) to 3 June (in recognition of the Mabo case). NRW is about exploring Australia’s shared histories, cultures and achievements and finding ways to contribute to the reconciliation process. This year’s theme is In this together, which […]

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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