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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: For the last couple of years, media giant Viacom has been trying to prove that YouTube, and its owner Google, has been committing ‘massive copyright infringement’ but last month, the US District Court Judge, Louis Stanton, handed down his summary judgement in favour of YouTube.
MILDURA WRITERS' FESTIVAL: The best writers' festival in Australia. The word most used to describe the festival by Festival Director, Helen Healy is convivial (which I looked up - it means the quality of being friendly and lively; fond of feasting and merry company).
THE WHEELER CENTRE: As Chrissy Sharp comes to the end of her first financial year as director of the new Wheeler Centre, this ex SBS, Sydney Festival and Sadler’s Wells arts specialist seems confident that the centre is well on track to cementing the claim that Melbourne certainly is a Unesco endorsed City of Literature.
OPINION: Zine Fairs seem to me the literary equivalent of Star Trek conventions, complete with the obsessive fans, head-turning outfits and displays, and mysterious language, which while not Klingon can be equally impenetrable.
VIVID SYDNEY: The light component of Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas, was switched on last week.
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL: Discussions have commenced in the past week between the directors of the Tasmanian, Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian writers’ centres along with consultant Hal Judge for the development of a new national organisation to be known as Writing Australia.
CARO LLEWELLYN: Former Sydney Writers’ Festival Director is leaving the PEN World Voices Festival to direct the 100th anniversary celebrations of the New York Public Library in 2011.
SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL: Despite rainy weather the Sydney Writers' Festival finished up last Sunday smashing the previous box office taking record. Although attendance numbers are still to be released they are expected to be similar to previous years at around 80,000.
When novelist Neil Cross, creator of the new BBC TV crime series Luther and guest at this week’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, was lead writer on Spooks, he had access to secret service advisers from MI5, the CIA and the KGB. He didn’t use them.
EMERGING WRITERS FESTIVAL: Imagine taking all the kid-in-a-candy-shop fun and excitement of Luna Park and mixing it with a writers’ festival? For an emerging writer that’s a bit like taking a ride through the events at this year’s Emerging Writer’s Festival.
SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL: Chip Rolley, Artistic Director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, is one cool host. The party’s warming up, the dips are out and the early guests are mingling nicely. So long as the rest of them remember their tickets, don’t lose their luggage or forget what plane they’re supposed to connect with and get to their venues on time - then - things’ll be fine.
The judges' decision to not present the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for playwriting has been met by disappointment and confusion.
Poets are historically prone to independent thinking and enviably free of regard for the mainstream’s approval.
In part of two Brett Sheehy’s interview with ArtsHub he talks about his do’s and don'ts of festival programming.
Christos Tsiolkas talks to Fotis Kapetopoulis about The Slap and the characters that inhabit its pages, the northern suburbs of Melbourne, narcissism, and the changing class consciousness amongst different generations of immigrant Australians.
In a world that exists on free trade agreements there are few cultural differences that separate societies as uniquely as books. In countries like France and Germany, it is part of their cultural identity to publish local authors for a local market.
When ancient Rome set a priority to send the navy to Egypt to bring dazzlingly white sand for the Coliseum arena, rather than wheat to make bread, historians identified a first presage of imminent decay. This anecdote of the decline of the Roman Empire might seem a stretch but the “Blockbuster” art exhibition – at face value a seemingly modern hybrid of art and entertainment spectacle – has been d
Contrary to most career paths, finding work within the arts industry does not often occur through conventional job-finding methods.
Book publishing is a notoriously inexact science. In fact it’s not a science at all. It’s more a combination of whim, intuition, experience and the rather nebulous concept of “the market” and what it might, or might not, like. It’s a very unpredictable industry – but that’s also what makes it exciting to be part of.
Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in the south of WA. His first novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004 when he was just 22, earning him a coveted Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist Award.
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