Member update: COVID-19

Dear Members, As you know, the rapid spread of Covid-19 has led to WHO declaring it a global pandemic. I hope that you, your family and loved ones are doing as best as possible under the circumstances. I wanted to let you know that Copyright Agency is taking steps to reduce any risk to members […]

Accessibility Q&A with Sonali Marathe

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, of which the Copyright Agency is a member, will hold its annual conference in Melbourne from 2–5 May. This event acts as a forum to share information about the latest accessibility developments; enhance dialogue between users and providers of information; and showcase examples of […]

Karen Wyld wins 2020 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

At the recent Perth Festival Literature and Ideas Weekend, the Copyright Agency’s Nicola Evans presented the 2020 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript to author and Copyright Agency member Karen Wyld for her manuscript, Where the Fruit Falls. The prize includes $10,000 provided by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and a publishing contract with UWA […]

Classic Australian picture book turns 40

Hazel Edwards’ beloved children’s book There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. Drawn to life in 1980 by illustrator Deborah Niland, the lovable Hippo has starred in seven picture books, a junior chapter book, classroom play scripts, a musical and a short film. The books have also been […]

New Australian Children’s Laureate announced

The Board of the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation, comprising leading representatives from the children’s book industry, have appointed multi-award winning author Ursula Dubosarsky as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has supported the Australian Children’s Laureate program since 2011, providing a stipend to support each laureate for two years. Ursula […]

AAP closure: how do we sustain news content?

This op-ed by Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling originally appeared in The Weekend Australian. The recent announcement that Australian Associated Press will close is not only terrible news for AAP journalists, credible news reporting, and transparency, it is also a strong example of what happens when digital platforms take too much of the value of […]

Bri Lee named New Writer-in-Residence

Bri Lee, author of the award-winning and bestselling memoir Eggshell Skull, has been announced as the 2020 Copyright Agency UTS New Writer-in-Residence. “The significance of this opportunity to me is clear,” she says. “I can focus on doing precisely and exclusively the writing I want to for the entire rest of the year.” Bri is […]

Significant new investment in arts coverage

The Copyright Agency, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, announced funding of $150,000 to support the publication of more arts reviews and criticism in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today. The $150,000 granted to the media companies will enhance and be in addition […]

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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