February 14, 2018

2016 Publisher Fellowship report: Alexandra Payne

The non-fiction publisher (trade) at UQP, Alexandra Payne, received a Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowship in 2016 to find out, “How the practice and future of the contemporary publisher or commissioning editor will evolve with the opportunities presented by ongoing digital disruption?” Read her report: How do trade publishers innovate in a time of digital evolution, and what form […]

January 23, 2018

Australia Council’s Wenona Byrne talks literary trends

In November last year, the Australia Council’s Literature Director, Wenona Byrne, delivered the keynote speech at the Independent Publishing Conference organised by the Small Press Network. We’ve reproduced Wenona’s speech, which offers terrific insights into current trends and opportunities in publishing (with her permission). Frankfurt Book Fair In October 2017, I attended the Frankfurt Book […]

January 18, 2018

IGNITE funding captures insights to advance Aussie publishing

Kate Sherington, Digital Business Manager at Pan Macmillan Australia, attended the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in London in 2017, courtesy of a Cultural Fund IGNITE grant. The digital summit provided her with fresh insights on capturing and exploiting data, which she is already working to integrate. Kate says, “The main focus of the conference was […]

May 31, 2017

Eight creators receive funding to help ignite their careers

This year the IGNITE fund for emerging creators attracted over 70 applications – a significant increase on previous years. Our judges met in early May and approved $21,000 to eight creators, most of whom will improve their professional practice through international training programs. They are: Visual Artist, Claudia Chaseling (ACT) Journalist, Bianca Robinson (NSW) Publishing […]

May 29, 2017

Australian Reading Hour set for September

The Managing Director of Hachette Australia, Louise Sherwin-Stark (pictured), officially launched Australian Reading Hour at the ABIA Awards on 25 May. Here’s an extract from her speech: The Australian Reading Hour will take place on Thursday 14 September. This first cross-industry reading campaign is supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the […]

May 16, 2017

Third annual Brian Johns Lecture: Saving news that matters in a time of information overload

On Thursday 4 May the Centre for Media History, in collaboration with the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, hosted the annual Brian Johns Lecture at the Metcalfe Auditorium in the State Library of New South Wales. Speaking to a full house on the subject ‘How the internet killed my business model: Saving news that matters in a time […]

May 8, 2017

Judges meet to decide on Ignite recipients in 2017

On 5 May our esteemed Career Fund judging panel met to discuss and review applications to the March round of the Ignite grants program. Supporting individuals working in the writing, publishing and visual art sectors, the Ignite Career Fund is a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund initiative that develops skills and helps to progress the careers of […]

February 28, 2017

Most teens prefer print books

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has funded research by Deakin and Murdoch Universities into teenagers’ reading behaviour. Called Teen Reading in the Digital Era, the research is a pilot study of Australian teenagers’ practice using traditional print and digital platforms for recreational reading. The project’s literature says, “Research shows reading for pleasure is linked to […]

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