Writing Australia sets up shop in Canberra

johnboy 17 December 2010 4

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that the Australia Council is shelling out $350,000 to set up “a new literary organisation ‘Writing Australia’ in the ACT.

Writing Australia aims to promote and develop Australia’s literature sector through the delivery of national programs and partnerships. Writing Australia will raise the national and international profile of Australian writers, and be a national advocacy body for literature. Writing Australia will augment the current work of the State and Territory Writers Centres.

Earlier this year, the ACT Government and the Australia Council each contributed $25,000 to assess the feasibility of establishing the new organisation, including the development of a business plan to present to the Australia Council’s Literature Board.

Writing generally being a solitary process, not requiring much in equipment, we’re not sure how much good this will do. But it’s a nice thing for Canberra to have if someone else is paying for it.


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I-filed I-filed 12:03 am 18 Dec 10

There’s an execrable website writingaustralia.com.

I hope that isn’t it and someone is cybersquatting the name …

Hal Judge – “change management consultant and poet” – interesting combo!

housebound housebound 6:28 pm 17 Dec 10

ACT Writers actaully lost funding in the past year or so. It must feel like a real slap in the face for this to happen.

astrojax astrojax 12:45 pm 17 Dec 10

Jim Jones said :

I would have thought funding the already established ACT Writers Centre properly would have been a better idea than forking out buckets of money for a new organisation that will largely duplicate what the ACT Writers Centre is already doing.

+1

i wonder what the writers centre thinks of this brave new initative..?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:41 am 17 Dec 10

I would have thought funding the already established ACT Writers Centre properly would have been a better idea than forking out buckets of money for a new organisation that will largely duplicate what the ACT Writers Centre is already doing.

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