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Workers share salaries for transparency, new Wheeler Centre CEO and more

A spreadsheet inviting Australian publishing workers to share their salaries is circulating on social media, with about 70 staff so far having shared information including their job titles, wage, gender identity, ethnicity and years of experience.

Former Sydney Writers’ Festival artistic director and CEO Caro Llewellyn has been appointed CEO of the Wheeler Centre, replacing Michael Williams in the role. Last week the federal government announced a $250 million creative support package following the Covid-19 pandemic, while the Copyright Agency announced the latest Cultural Fund grant recipients.

Writers Ellen van Neerven and Omar Sakr are to host a new UQP poetry podcast, while last week van Neerven  was also named the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Center Fellowship in Italy.

The ABA has revealed the shortlists for its Bookseller of the Year awards. In other awards new this week, Charmaine Papertalk Green won the ALS Gold Medal for her poetry collection Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite), while the longlists for the Colin Roderick Award and New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Award were announced.

In the UK, Pan Macmillan, Nosy Crow and Candice Carty-Williams were among the winners at the British Book Awards. The UK book industry is also showing signs of improvement, with book sales up 30% as bookshops reopen and furloughed UK publishing staff returning to work.

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