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Ivor Indyk on literary writing and publishing

‘A prize as supposedly prestigious as the Prime Minister’s Award has only a modest impact on sales, and in the case of poetry, none at all. Speaking generally, we have to deal with a reluctant readership, a timid readership, a readership now barely versed in the idea of literature at all.’Touching on the work of Brian Castro, Gerald Murnane and Alexis Wright, Giramondo publisher Ivor Indyk ponders ‘the place occupied by literature in Australia, at the far edge of trade publishing’ in a slightly revised version of the Boisbouvier Oration he delivered at MWF in September 2019.


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