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 7, 2019

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 […]

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 […]

April 24, 2019

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 […]

April 10, 2019

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 […]

April 4, 2019

Review of Code of Conduct finalised

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Communications and Arts Research released the final report of the review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies on 1 April 2019. The recommendations outlined in the report seek to: increase clarity around the role of the Code improve transparency around collecting societies’ operations strengthen governance arrangements for […]

April 2, 2019

Artists’ works speak of community in remote WA medical clinics

The artwork of four Martumili Arts Centre artists have been licensed and replicated in beautiful metal screens for two remote community medical centres in the Western Desert. The Punmu and Parnngurr Aboriginal Health Clinics in the Western Australian Desert, 1800km from Perth and at least 400km away from their nearest towns, are some of 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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