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Book industry figures among 2017 Australia Day honours recipients

A number of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours.

Anne O’Donovan was made Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘distinguished service to literature through the Australian publishing industry, as a mentor to authors, editors and publishers, and through sustained support for homeless youth’.

O’Donovan is the publishing director of Anne O’Donovan Publishing, and previously held roles at Penguin Australia, F W Cheshire, Lansdowne Press, Jacaranda Press and Jesuit Publishing and was the co-founding director of Sisters Publishing.

Authors MaryAnn Bin-Sallik and Nick Cave were also made AO, for ‘service to tertiary education as an academic, author and administrator’, and for ‘service to the performing arts as a musician, songwriter, author and actor’ respectively.

Founder and chair of the Byron Writers’ Festival John Hanley was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for service to literature and Indigenous education. Hanley founded the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre and Byron Bay Writers’ Festival in 1996, and is a mentor in the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience program for Indigenous Students at Southern Cross University.

To see the full list of Australia Day honours, click here.


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