Inspired by the history of the Caloundra lighthouses, author John Bradley and artist Diane Somers-Cook set about creating The Little Lighthouse – a beautiful, watercolour children’s book. The (little) lighthouse was erected in 1896, making it the oldest surviving building in Caloundra. In 1970 it was moved to Woorim Park after being replaced by a…

How do you write tense, suspenseful stories that will keep readers racing to the end? It’s a question I’m asked at writers’ festivals, via fan mail, during workshops and book signings. The answer is simple: you make the reader wait. That’s right, my business model is all based on information deficit. As a storyteller, I’m…

Revolutionary ideas and fresh new voices will lead Australia’s premier literary event, with Melbourne Writers Festival today unveiling its electrifying line-up for 2017. Festival Director Lisa Dempster said this year’s Festival has armed itself with visionary talent from Australia and around the world to explore the theme of revolutions past, present and future. Miles Franklin…

Fifty six projects have received a total of $1.3m from the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia. More information

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia. The winners will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony in Melbourne on 20 September. More information

In the UK, World Book Day (WBD) titles sales have risen by more than 50% compared to the previous year, with 469,274 copies sold in the week of the event, reports the Bookseller. The national book event took place on 2 March, and evaluation results released this week and reported on by the Bookseller revealed that…

A new writers festival celebrating the crime genre will be held in Sydney from 2-3 September 2017. The two-day festival, BAD, is founded by academic Denis Tracey and writer Michael Duffy, and will explore ‘Sydney’s unique relationship with crime’. Speakers will be drawn from the fields of crime writing, film, investigative journalism, and forensic psychology,…

The lineup for this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has now been revealed, and Early Bird tickets to Southeast Asia’s most celebrated literary and artistic event are on sale now. More information

Penguin Random House is thrilled to announce the establishment of the inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize. Officially launched at the Leading Edge Books Roadshow in Sydney on 17 July, this prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing in the areas of literary fiction and non-fiction, and celebrates the recent formation…

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival have released a sneak peak of their guest author line up for the 2017 festival which will run from 25-29 October. Guests include Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin and Canadian writer Madeleine Thien.  Australian authors, Saroo Brierley, Robert Dessaix, Tim Flannery and Kate Holden are also featured on the program….

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