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New Magabala First Nations cadetship, latest awards and more

Magabala Books has announced a new cadetship for First Nations publishing professionals, which includes on-the-job training, professional development and sustainable employment, with mentorship from Magabala publisher Rachel Bin Salleh. Meanwhile, the Australia Council has announced a new fund to support First Nations creatives following the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The organisers of the Clunes Booktown Festival have launched a free online platform to survey and connect book clubs, and the Book Grocer is celebrating 20 years since the chain opened its first store in Kingston in the ACT.

Sophie Overett was named winner of this year’s Penguin Literary Prize, and Andrew Roff has won the Peter Carey Short Story Award. The shortlist for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction was announced, while in the UK, Jane Harper and Adrian McKinty were shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier crime award.

In the UK, the winners of the Wolfson History Prize and the Walter Scott Prize have been announced. Also overseas, Wiley reported its revenue was up and profit down in the 2020 financial year, while US publishing sales fell 16% in April.

And a reminder: this afternoon the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award is being announced live on YouTube at 4pm. To see the longlist for the award, click here.

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