In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has announced a 10-point inclusivity plan, with the aim of increasing the percentage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the publishing industry to at least 15% in five years, and the percentage of women in executive-level and senior leadership positions to at least 50% in…

The longlist for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are:  All These Perfect Strangers (Aoife Clifford, S&S) Dodge Rose (Jack Cox, Text) Our Magic Hour (Jennifer Down, Text) Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (Toni Jordan, Text) The Healing Party (Micheline Lee, Black Inc.) Skylarking (Kate Mildenhall, Black Inc.) Music and Freedom (Zoe Morrison, Vintage) The Last Days of…

Western Sydney youth literature centre WestWords has announced the recipients of the 2017 Western Sydney Residential Program, run in partnership with Varuna, the Writers House in the Blue Mountains. This year’s writers in residence are Rawah Arjah, Chad Modernel, Omar Sakr and Stephan Pham. The writers receive a six-day residency at Varuna running from 2-8…

The shortlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The shortlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre ($25,000) Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry (James Boyce, Black Inc.) Archipelago of Souls (Gregory Day, Pan Macmillan) Physick (Pete Hay, Shoestring Press)…

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Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh, “Promise me you’ll always remember that you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  In a contemporary world that exposes us to the increasingly emotional stresses of everyday living and reports of crime and catastrophe on a daily basis, it is sometimes…

Forget watching television or browsing the internet — Australians rate reading as the leisure activity they enjoy the most. Whether it’s escaping into a thriller or engaging with challenging literature, reading a dog-eared paperback or an e-book, Australians report spending an average five hours a week reading. As Australian Reading Hour — a national initiative to raise…

In the week he would have turned 101, Roald Dahl has been remembered as a brilliant author who painted fascinating characters and magical worlds for children of all generations. Mount St Thomas primary school in Wollongong was a sea of Roald Dahl characters this week. School librarian Priscilla Skarpona organised the day to tie in…

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: 4 3 2 1 (Paul Auster, Faber) History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund, Weidenfeld & Nicolson) Exit West (Mohsin Hamid, Hamish Hamilton) Elmet (Fiona Mozley, J M Originals) Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders, Bloomsbury) Autumn (Ali Smith, Hamish Hamilton). The judges remarked that the novels,…

Playwright Leah Purcell has received the top two writing honours at the Australian Writers’ Guild’s annual AWGIE Awards, for The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press), a retelling of Henry Lawson’s short story. Purcell received the 2017 Award and the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre. The Drover’s Wife was awarded the playwriting prize and the…

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