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FUNDING NEWS: Writing NSW is set to lose its ongoing state government funding at the end of this year, as part of a decision to grant just 5% of long-term arts funding to literature. It’s devastating that the state’s peak organisation for writers is being defunded in the middle of a global pandemic, says our Chair, Joel Naoum. You can read Joel’s statement and find out how to let the government know your views here.
Online: First Friday Club with Catriona Menzies-Pike
First Friday Club, our monthly conversation with an industry professional, is a chance for our community to learn more about the writing and publishing industry. This October, we invite you to our online event with the editor of the Sydney Review of Books, Catriona Menzies-Pike, in conversation with a knowledgeable member of our staff. This […]
Kids & YA Festival 2021
The Writing NSW Kids & YA Festival will now take place on Saturday 13 March, 2021! Directed by best-selling, internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell, the Festival will showcase some of Australia’s best-known and dearly loved authors, illustrators, publishers, media personnel and industry professionals.
Writers On Writing / Leonie Tyle on what makes a great children’s book
‘…writing must have something to say in a clear and heartfelt way. It should delight and challenge’ We chatted to publisher and editor Leonie Tyle on her many lives in the literary sector, and what draws her to a children’s book manuscript.
Each month we shine our spotlight on a member of the Writing NSW community to learn more about their writing journey, achievements and inspirations.
Spotlight On / Scripto Libris
By Lou Garcia-Dolnik
‘Writing is a tough and lonely journey, but also immensely satisfying and fun. Seek out those who can travel alongside you and continue to make use of all the workshops and opportunities available. Together, we form our own communities.’
Spotlight On / Therese Spruhan
By Lou Garcia-Dolnik
‘[I wanted] to show the complexity of our relationship with pools as much more than places where we learn to swim and cool off in summer… the pool has inspired imaginations, built courage, fulfilled dreams, provided a refuge and, for some, has been a type of church.’