A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.
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Australia's Secret War, which won the PM's literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.
Gerard Henderson is a well-documented ideological warrior -- can he put politics aside to judge the Prime Minister's Literary Awards? Chris Feik, publisher of Black Inc, and Morry Schwartz, director of Schwartz Media, are suggesting a way to keep the judging process transparent.
Crikey readers talk school chaplains, the new Tories running the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and law schools online.
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.
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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.