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Kim Scott First Indigenous Commonwealth Winner
Congratulations to Kim Scott, who has been named the winner of the southeast Asia and Pacific regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Nominated for his novel, That Deadman Dance, Scott thus becomes eligible to win the overall prize.
Scott is an indigenous Western Australian writer - a descendant of the Noongar people - and he previously won the Miles Franklin Award in 2000 for his…
Further With the Moneyed Crowd
By Lisa Dempster
Crowdfunding is a new form of fundraising - a way of raising money to fund a private venture, allowing individuals or organisations to conceptualise, fund and run their own projects. For the literary industry, that might mean a writer raising money to assist in the research phase of their work, or a publisher creating capital to print or distribute their titles.
Age Book of the Year Shortlist Announced
The weekend paper saw the announcement of the Age Book of the Year shortlist.
In the fiction category, Cate Kennedy’s debut novel The World Beneath got the nod as it “cleverly plays with the challenges of being a parent as well as a citizen” while recent visitor Peter Carey’s re-imagining of de Tocqueville Parrot and Olivier in America also caught the judges' eye. The…
Trailblazing Australian Woman’s Drawings Go Under the Hammer
A volume of lavishly-illustrated drawings for children by a pioneering Australian woman will be auctioned next month. Charlotte Waring arrived in Australia in 1826 at the age of 29. She’d been hired to be a governess to the children of John Macarthur’s nephew, but instead she married agriculturalist and author James Atkinson, whom she’d met on her way to the colony.
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