Creators unite for bushfire relief

An outpouring of generosity from Australia’s arts community has seen over half a million dollars raised for the online #AuthorsForFireys appeal. Inspired by a 2017 fundraiser for asylum seekers, authors Emily Gale and Nova Weetman launched a bushfire relief auction on Twitter. The #AuthorsForFireys hashtag went viral, attracting more than 1,300 lots from more than […]

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund distributes more than $1m to Australian creators

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund continues to invest in Australia’s cultural future, allocating a total of $1,049,145 towards 37 projects with writing and visual arts organisations in its second round of 2018 funding. Key beneficiaries include the National Museum of Australia, to commission non-fiction essays from Australian writers on Living with the Anthropocene; The Guardian, […]

IGNITE Recipients announced

A diverse group of Australian creatives will receive a share of $50,000 to develop their professional practice as the recipients of the Cultural Fund’s 2018 IGNITE Grant. IGNITE funding aims to equip those working in the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors with world-class skills to grow Australia’s distinctive voice on the world stage. A […]

UQP celebrates 70th anniversary with anthology and events

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Established in 1948, UQP was originally founded as a traditional university press, but it later branched out into trade publishing. To mark the occasion, the independent publisher will release an anthology featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry from 25 past and present UQP […]

Three past winners make the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist

Three former winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award have been named on the 2018 Longlist. Peter Carey, Michelle de Kretser and Kim Scott are joined by eight other established authors, all of whom have received numerous literary accolades throughout their careers, making the 2018 longlist a remarkable collection of Australian stories. Perpetual, the trustee […]

Editing mentorships target diverse new writers

Mascara Literary Review and Western Sydney literary collective Sweatshop are launching two editing mentorships as part of a new two-year project to upskill emerging writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Editing Mentorships for Equality program, which is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, will offer two emerging editors from Western Sydney the opportunity to be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Stock photo by Unsplash.

Image Credit: Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash.

Image Credit: Faboriginal set featuring Minyi Puru, 2008 by Jakayu Biljabu © Jakayu Biljabu/Copyright Agency, 2019. Photo courtesy of Noble Savage.

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive updates in your inbox
every month.