John Hughes has apologised for plagiarism in the 2022 Miles Franklin-longlisted novel The Dogs (Upswell) after the Guardian Australia reported ‘similarities and some identical sentences’ compared with the English translation of Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War.
Australian authors and industry figures, including Anita Heiss, Leah McIntosh, Sally Murphy and Corey Tutt, have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours; Penguin Random House Australia has named Annette Higgs as the winner of the 2022 Penguin Literary Prize for On a Bright Hillside in Paradise; Varuna has announced the 12 recipients of the 2022 Writer’s Space fellowships; and the APA has announced the winners of the 2022 George Robertson Award.
The awards will include seven categories for both established and emerging writers based in Tasmania, with a total prize pool of $125 000. The awards celebrate excellence in the Tasmanian literary sector, raise the profile of Tasmanian authors and foster and support literary talent in our State. For full details, visit https://bit.ly/3zgEbo6
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will soon be asking publishers to submit titles to be considered for their 2023 Book Supply packs. ILF’s Book Supply program provides new, culturally relevant titles to remote Communities where access to books is scarce
Book Supply packs are carefully selected for different age groups:
Toddlers (0–3 yrs)
Kids (4–7 yrs)
Big Kids (8–12 yrs)
In 2022, over 50% of books in the Book Supply packs feature a diversity of Indigenous authors and illustrators, providing vital representation and recognition for First Nations readers.
What types of books are we looking for?
Culturally appropriate books (specifically non-religious, and representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and histories)
Books created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and illustrators
Board, cloth, touch and feel books
Picture books (mainly featuring animals or diversity in characters, settings, and illustrations)
Junior Fiction/YA (suitable for stage two and stage three readers)
Sporting themed books (mostly Aussie rules, rugby league and basketball)
Nonfiction books (such as animals, sciences, space, interesting facts, craft and cookbooks)
The ILF Book Supply review committee considers all books submitted against specific criteria co-developed by Communities and the ILF team, and those included in the packs are the ones that best fulfil these requirements.
To ensure you receive your email invitation with all the information you need on submitting titles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call ILF on 02 9280 0644 and ask for Brad.
Five Mile announces that it will be publishing A Taste of Adventure, a new children’s picture book, written by Melissa Leong, illustrated by Eleonora Arosio and Kitiya Palaskas. Publishing 15 September 2022.
Alexandra Maramenides, CEO of Five Mile said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Melissa Leong and to be publishing her first book. A Taste Adventure is an absolute delight! It explores the diversity of tastes and global cuisines, encouraging children to be adventurous, savour each taste, and try new things. Melissa brings the joy of that journey to life for children, and we look forward to it inspiring them. Also, the illustrations by Eleonora and Kitiya are stunning.’
Melissa Leong said: ‘I am most excited to be working with Five Mile on my very first book, A Taste Adventure. Why a book for kids? Because the joy of discovering good food and new flavours is something that I cherish most from my childhood. Articulating the excitement of exploring food to our youngest humans has become a great joy of mine and I look forward to sharing and celebrating dishes from around the world, with them.’
About the creators
Author Melissa Leong is a TV host, food and travel writer, food media consultant, radio broadcaster, MC and cookbook editor. She is well known for her work as a television host on MasterChef Australia and her various fashion, food and lifestyle adventures on social media
Illustrator Eleonora Arosio is based in Melbourne and creates illustrations with bold colours, shapes and characters
Cover artist Kitiya Palaskas is an Australian craft-based designer who specialises in playful themes, bold colours and unique intricacies.
Publication date: 15 September 2022
RRP: $24.99 ISBN: 9781922677334
Hardback, 32pp, picture book
Melissa Leong Courtesy of MissusM Creative Management
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