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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.