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 […]

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 […]

ACMI CEO to deliver 2019 Brian Johns lecture

The annual Brian Johns Lecture at the State Library of NSW this year features the Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, Katrina Sedgwick, who is about to oversee a $40 million redevelopment of the centre. Katrina has been the Director and CEO of ACMI since early 2015. She has an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Big Tech is finally being forced to take responsibility

By Copyright Agency Chair, Kim Williams, AM. In my recent trips to Canberra as Chair of the Copyright Agency there has clearly been a sea change in the view of many (if not all) politicians and policy makers on ‘Big Tech.’ While these companies, of course, provide extraordinary services that are widely used, the image […]

New four-year schools licence negotiated

A message from the CEO, Adam Suckling Dear Members, I wrote to you at the end of last year about the issues around negotiating new agreements, our disputes before the Copyright Tribunal, and our investment in new systems and services to better serve members. As you know, digital technology continues to change profoundly the way […]

Image Credit: Created by Copyright Agency. Featured members: Amal Awad, photo by Tim Levy. Blak Douglas, photo by Nick Cubbin. Lee Walker, photo by Lindsay Edwards. Wayne Diver-Tuck, photo by Caitlin Hicks. Linton Besser, photo by Olivia Tran. Cathy Wilcox, photo by Caitlin Hicks. Lachlan Philpott, photo by Bryan Sun. Maxine Beneba-Clarke, photo by Olivia Tran.

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