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Australia Council announces latest funding recipients

Publishers Giramondo, Puncher & Wattmann and Thames & Hudson Australia, and literary journal Kill Your Darlings are among the recipients of the Australia Council’s most recent funding rounds, announced on Thursday 14 May.

In the Arts Projects for Organisations category, Giramondo received $25,000, Puncher & Wattman $34,200, Thames & Hudson $20,869 and Kill Your Darlings $34,900.

The Byron Bay Writers Festival ($29,000), Melbourne Writers Festival ($30,000) and the biennial Cairns Writers Festival ($20,000) also received funding.

The Think & DO Tank Foundation, a Sydney community art charity that runs multilingual bookshop Lost In Books, received $78,500 for a mentorship program in partnership with Scribble. The bookshop closed temporarily in March due to Covid-19 but has continued selling online, and offering its creative program online via its YouTube channel.

Individuals to receive funding in the Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups fund, in the category of literature, include Alison Croggon, Tony Birch, Cassandra Pybus, Emma Viskic, Felicity Plunkett, Jane Messer, Lucy Treloar, Nicola Redhouse, David Kelly, Omar Sakr, Robert Lukins, Sarah Saleh and Wayne Macauley.

In the Council’s Career Development stream Susan Austin, Willo Drummond and MidnightSun publisher Anna Solding were among the successful applicants.

In addition to these funding rounds, Australia Council has also announced it had ‘delivered a further $1.9 million to 485 artists and organisations’ in its Resilience Funds streams. The Resilience Fund, announced in response to Covid-19, remains open until 28 May.

Among the successful applicants to the Resilience Fund is the Australian Society of Authors, which will use the funding to offer a free online series, teaching authors the skills needed to run virtual appearances, as well as offering 14 Takeaway Creatives grants, worth $1000 each.

Other recipients of the Resilience Fundso far  include Writers SA, Spinifex Press, Shooting Star Press, Berbay Books publisher Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke, Kill Your Darlings and writers Aleesah Darlison, Carly Findlay, Emily Maguire and Jock Serong.

For a full list of recent funding recipients see the Australia Council website here.



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