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United Publishers of Armidale receives OzCo Resilience Fund grant

The Australia Council has awarded a Resilience Fund grant to United Publishers of Armidale (UPA), a collaboration between children’s book publishers Christmas Press and Little Pink Dog Books.

UPA was granted funds from the ‘Adapt’ stream to create a range of new free activities and resources centred around books aimed at children, families and schools. Funds will also be used to create video presentations for adults exploring aspects of writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books, to be hosted on the group’s YouTube channel.

Little Pink Dog Books co-creator Kathy Creamer said UPA was created to promote and showcase the publishers’ books, and to support the work of their authors and illustrators. ‘And we are absolutely delighted that this very new initiative will now have the opportunity, through this generous grant from the Australia Council, to extend and expand the range of what we can offer through UPA.’

‘Like most publishers, Christmas Press and Little Pink Dog Books have had to pivot quickly and learn to creatively adapt in a time of great uncertainty,’ said Christmas Press co-director Sophie Masson. ‘In just six weeks of existence, the United Publishers of Armidale initiative has already had an excellent response from both creators and readers, and we are thrilled and grateful that, through this Adapt grant, the Australia Council has recognised the value of what we can do.’

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support Australian artists, groups and organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Australia Council has directed more than $5 million to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector.

Previous recipients of the fund include the Australian Society of Authors, 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 more information about UPA, visit the website here.


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