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Ingram to open new Melbourne printing plant, research into accessible content and more

Online literary journal Verity La is taking a break from publishing to ‘reflect on the ways in which the journal has been complicit with systemic racism, sexism and disablism’ following condemnation of its decision to publish a creative nonfiction piece by Stuart Cooke.

A new project researching the production of accessible content in Australia has launched, with publishers being asked to contribute by completing a survey. Meanwhile, Ingram Content Group has announced it’s building a new printing plant in Melbourne, which it expects to be operational in the Australian spring.

In awards news, shortlists were announced for the Furphy Literary Award, the Speech Pathology Australia book awards and the Queensland Poetry Festival Awards, as was the longlist for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. In the UK, Australian author Amanda O’Callaghan was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, while Derek Owusu was named winner of the the Desmond Elliott Prize for first time novelists.

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