So, last week we reported on the doom'n'gloom of cuts arts funding. This week I'm delighted to report that the arts community is fighting back, with Meanjin and Overland joining forces to release 'An Open Letter on the Future of Arts Funding'. Have a read and add your name to the comments section if you wish to be a signatory.
The Sydney Writers' Festival has kicked off. Saturday highlights include: Angela Meyer's flash fiction workshop, Connor O'Brien's electric literature masterclass, science fiction chats with David Henley and co., Alexis Wright on The Swan Book, Sam Cooney on getting published and Sweatshop's #ThreeJerks. On Sunday you can catch Eleanor Catton talking plotted paradoxes, Benjamin and Michelle Law talking literary friendships, Emma Donoghue's closing address and the much-loved MCA Zine Fair.
For the crime writers among you, P.M Newton is running a one-day crime writing masterclass at the Queensland Writing Centre. Good cops, bad cops, noir criminals and sly detectives all welcome.
The creative beans at UTS have released this year's Writers' Anthology. A pretty thing indeed, Sight Lines features the work of 31 creative writing students and includes a foreword by Hannah Kent. The anthology will be launched by Christos Tsiolkas at the SWF this Sunday from 2-3pm.
The NSW Writers' Centre have released the program for their Kids and YA Festival, featuring an exciting line-up of authors and discussion panels. You can browse the full program here.
The NSW Premier's Literary Awards were announced this week, with Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel killin' it, once again. The shortlist for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript were also announced, the winning author will be revealed at the EWF opening night. You can read about the authors and their work here.
Entries are now open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. There will be a Short Fiction and a Poetry winner, with cash prizes and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.
Science Fiction authors rejoice, your futuristic visions might come true after all. An article published in Smithsonian this week reveals how technology magnates such as Apple, Microsoft and Google are increasingly integrating science fiction authors into their business models. Read the full article here, technocrazy/great stuff.
You still want more? Here's Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism, as picked out by Conor Friedersdorf and published in The Atlantic this week. That should keep you going until next week.