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Byron Writers Festival 2021 cancelled

14 July 2021
The 2021 Byron Writers Festival, scheduled to run 6–8 August, has been cancelled. ‘It is with a heavy heart we have made the decision to cancel Byron Writers Festival 2021,’...

UQP sells ‘The White Girl’ to HarperVia 

14 July 2021
UQP has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) for The White Girl by Tony Birch to HarperCollins imprint HarperVia. The deal was handled by UQP rights manager Kate McCormack in...

A&U, Upswell, UQP among Cultural Fund recipients 

14 July 2021
The Copyright Agency has announced the 25 successful recipients of a total $818,000 in funding from its Cultural Fund. The resurrected Age Book of the Year Award, Magabala’s Daisy Utemorrah...

Taperell appointed Hachette publicity manager 

13 July 2021
Kate Taperell has been appointed to the position of publicity manager at Hachette Australia, where she will manage Hachette's publicity team. Taperell started her publicity career at Hachette in 2003...

Kovats appointed Hachette head of sales 

12 July 2021
Lil Kovats has been promoted to head of sales at Hachette Australia, effective immediately. In the role, Kovats will lead the sales team, represent the sales department to the publisher’s...

Text Prize 2021 shortlist announced

12 July 2021
The shortlist for the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The seven shortlisted manuscripts are: 'Dancing Barefoot’ by Alice Boyle (YA), a story about...

Bancroft named inaugural SLNSW Aboriginal Creative fellow

9 July 2021
Bundjalung writer and artist Bronwyn Bancroft is the inaugural recipient of Create NSW’s State Library of NSW (SLNSW) NSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship, worth $30,000. The fellowship supports a First Nations...

Aurealis Awards 2020 winners announced

9 July 2021
The winners of the 2020 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. The winners are: Best horror novel None Shall Sleep (Ellie...

Tablo launches traditional publishing imprint 

8 July 2021
Online self-publishing platform Tablo Publishing is launching a new physical book imprint called Tablo Tales, led by Tablo creative director Jemma Birrell. Distributed in Australia and New Zealand by NewSouth,...

West awarded 2021 Reading Australia Fellowship

8 July 2021
The Copyright Agency has named Edwina West, from Sydney’s Oakhill College, as the 2021 Reading Australia Fellow for Teachers of English Literacy. West receives a grant of $15,000, which will...

New owner for the Turning Page Bookshop 

7 July 2021
The Turning Page Bookshop, an independent bookshop in the Blue Mountains NSW, has been purchased by Peggy Miedlar. Previous owners Annie Sharkey and Alan Crooks had planned to transform the...

Booktopia restructures marketing team

6 July 2021
Booktopia has restructured its marketing division following recent changes to the business—including its ASX listing and the acquisition of tertiary retailer the Co-op—as well the growth of its Booktopia Publisher...

ACT Book of the Year 2020 shortlist announced

6 July 2021
The shortlist for the 2020 ACT Book of the Year Award has been announced. The shortlisted books are: Acting Like a Girl (Sandra Renew, Recent Work Press) Bodies of Men...

INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative recipients 2021

2 July 2021
The recipients of the 2021 INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative, offered by the National Trust of Western Australia in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries,...

Overington appointed literary editor at the Australian 

2 July 2021
Caroline Overington has been appointed literary editor at the Australian newspaper. Overington is a Walkley Award winning journalist and the author of several books of nonfiction, including Davitt Award-winner Last...

Robotham wins CWA Steel Dagger

2 July 2021
Michael Robotham has won the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award for best thriller for his novel When She Was Good (Hachette). The judges praised Robotham’s...