The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and ASA Medal. Western Australian writer Holden Sheppard has won the Ray Koppe Residency Award for his YA novel Invisible Boys and the ASA Medal, was awarded to children’s author Edel Wignell. The annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’…

UWA Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Teresa Bell for Lunation Angela Gardner for Some Sketchy Notes on Matter Kate Gordon for Everything as Perfect as a Bird Louise Helfgott for Thistledown Seed Julie Watts for Legacy The judging…

In a report in The Conversation publication, Australian artists now spend more time on their creative practice than in previous years but earn less from it. The situation is particularly gloomy for the average Australian female artist. She is better educated than her male counterpart, she spends about the same time on creative work as…

Books+Publishing is inviting anyone working in the Australian book industry to complete a survey on sexual harassment in the industry. The decision to conduct a survey was prompted by evidence of widespread sexual harassment in the UK and US book industries detailed by book-industry journals the Bookseller and Publishers Weekly. The survey covers personal experiences…

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The Fair Australia Prize, supported by the National Union of Workers, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the National Tertiary Education Union (VIC), asks writers and artists to engage with the question: What does a fairer world look like, and how do we get there? And as well as picturing a more equitable society it also…

UK book-industry journal the Bookseller has released the results of its survey on sexual harassment in the industry, with over half of the 388 respondents reporting that they have experienced harassment.   Fifty-four percent of women and 34% of men who responded to the survey said they had been sexually harassed. The incidents ranged from…

The Walkley Book Award shortlist for 2017 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Victoria: The Queen (Julia Baird, HarperCollins) Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia (Steve Cannane, ABC Books) Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (Louise Milligan, MUP). The 2017 Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction…

Perth author Tim Winton will be joined by UK author Alan Hollinghurst, Canadian author Louise Penny and other local authors Helen Garner, Kim Scott, William Yang, Robert Drewe and Josephine Wilson at the 2018 Perth Writers Week, which runs from 19-25 February. The 2018 festival is curated by West Australian literary editor William Yeoman, who was appointed…

The winners and honour books in each category are: Picture Book Do Not Open This Book (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press) Honour books Pig the Winner (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) What Do They Do with All The Poo from All The Animals at the Zoo? (Anh Do, illus by Laura Wood, Scholastic) Fiction for…

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