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Tory takeover of Abbott’s $600,000 literary prize

Tory takeover of Abbott’s $600,000 literary prize

Conservative commentators and a former Liberal MP have been picked to judge the country's richest literary awards. And not everyone's happy with it.

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who's who were out in force at last night's awards ceremony.

‘Bad odour’? Abbott’s literary awards delay sparks suspicions

‘Bad odour’? Abbott’s literary awards delay sparks suspicions

The Abbott government is yet to announce who will judge this year's Prime Minister's Literary Awards, months after the reading usually begins. Some former judges are suspicious.

From sausage fest to ladies’ choice: Miles Franklin returns to her roots

From sausage fest to ladies’ choice: Miles Franklin returns to her roots

Female writers have stormed back into contention for the Miles Franklin -- this year it's the men left off the shortlist. So is it reactionism or simply a stellar year for women authors?

Why do unis still support the Australian Literary Review?

Why do unis still support the Australian Literary Review?

In the wake of #twitdef, The Australian no longer deserves university funding for the Australian Literary Review, writes Ben Eltham in his weekly arts column My Cup of Tea.

Peter Carey’s a snob: Bryce Courtenay in defence of popular storytelling

Peter Carey’s a snob: Bryce Courtenay in defence of popular storytelling

"Peter Carey is a perfect example of that kind of inane literacy snobbery,” Bryce Courtenay tells Crikey, in defence of popular culture and “show-offs” like the Booker Prize winner he says have hijacked the cultural debate.

Just because a woman wrote it, doesn’t make it ‘Chick Lit’

Just because a woman wrote it, doesn’t make it ‘Chick Lit’

Why is it that any book written by a woman about a contemporary, single woman is automatically dubbed 'chick lit' and dismissed by the literary world? asks author Tara Moss.

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

The Macquarie PEN Anthology will have a considerable effect on the burgeoning study of Australian literature abroad, writes Nicholas Birns. Yes, some bits are very literary, and some authors miss out, but finally Australian literature might get its deserved world recognition.

Black Canons: Peter Craven writes back

Black Canons: Peter Craven writes back

Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham took Peter Craven to task for his review of the latest Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Here Peter Craven replies.