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BWF program announced, Readings staff request EBA

The program for this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, running from 7–9 May, has been announced. Meanwhile, Red Room Poetry is planning a series of daily events for the first ever Poetry Month in August this year.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, representing staff at the Readings bookselling chain requesting an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), has approached the company to open negotiations for an EBA. In other news, Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah has left Pan Macmillan, Hachette New Zealand announced its name change to Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand and Varuna announced new fellowships for writers with disability.

In awards news, The Dictionary of Lost Words was crowned Book of the Year at the 2021 Indie Book Awards and, internationally, the Windham-Campbell Prize recipients were announced, as were the Greenaway and Carnegie Medal shortlists. Also overseas, UK publishing staff have reported feeling ‘crushed’ and ‘unfocused’ after one year of Covid-19.

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