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 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 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 […]

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 […]

February 6, 2019

$45,000 in Fellowships now available from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides almost $2m in funding every year to support Australian creativity through our vibrant writing, publishing and visual arts sectors. For the next month, the Cultural Fund is accepting applications for three highly valuable Fellowships – including a new one for teachers – and grants for emerging artists and writers. […]

November 27, 2018

2018 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Dr Andrew Leigh MP won the 2018 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing with ‘From bloodletting to placebo surgery’, an excerpt from his book Randomistas. The piece looks at the fascinating effects of sham surgeries and the history of randomised trials. The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has sponsored the Bragg Prize for the next three […]

October 2, 2018

Aussie book industry supported at Parliament House

The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW) celebrated its first anniversary in late September with a record number of attendees at Parliament House. Launching the Australian Reading Hour for 2018, co-chairs Assistant Minister the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC and Graham Perrett MP, noted they were pleased with the turn out for such a […]

September 27, 2018

Top educational publishers awarded

The 2018 Educational Publishing Awards Australia in Melbourne recently brought together a committed group of people to celebrate excellence and recognise going above and beyond for the advancement of students. The big winners of the evening were PLD and Oxford University Press who were awarded Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year respectively, as voted […]

Image Credit: Carriageworks exterior, Sydney Contemporary 2018. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

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

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