Writers

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for 2011 indicate that just over 6,600 people were employed as writers or print media workers in Victoria, accounting for over a quarter of the national total. Of these, around 84% resided in Melbourne. This statistic does not factor in hobbyist writers or students and shows the depth of talent that continues to work in the state.

Our history of producing writing talent is vast, from the 19th Century work of Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Browne), Marcus Clarke and C. J. Dennis, to the post-WWI preoccupations of displacement and political change of Lesbia Harford, and how these themes continued in the light of WWII immigration. Changes in literary taste brought about by new cultures and voices, has challenged a lot of preconceptions of what ‘art’ and ‘literature’ mean. Even to this day, the lines between fiction and non-fiction, for example, are often contested.

Among other writers who have achieved success are Peter Carey, Shane Maloney, Arnold Zable, Clare Wright, Christos Tsiolkas, Helen Garner, Alex Miller, Brian Castro, Drusilla Modjeska, Don Watson, John Marsden, Alice Pung and many, many others.

A number of organisations exist to support the writing and publishing industry, which in turn helps the future prospects of writers – among the number include the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Small Press Network (SPN), which runs an annual Independent Publishing Conference.

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

1 October 2021 to 16 November 2021
Melbourne is a City of Literature

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, valued at $15,000, supports Australian...

(Im)material Ethics with Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker

11 October 2021
Express Media
Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker, Rory Green

What might a digital-born ethics contain?

Oral Storytelling with Soretti Kadir

26 October 2021
Express Media
Soretti Kadir, Manisha Anjali

The poetry of Oromo storyteller, facilitator and activist Soretti Kadir is a...

The Lives of Poets with Pamela Brown

27 October 2021
Express Media
Pamela Brown, Elena Gomez

In this Q&A session, Pam Brown, interviewed by Elena Gomez, will discuss...

Small Press Network Conference

25 November 2021 to 27 November 2021
Small Press Network

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