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.

Sonia Orchard & Alicia Sometimes: Into the Fire

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Sonia Orchard & Alicia Sometimes

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

11th Annual Booklovers Festival Finale: Meet Sarah Bailey

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Sarah Bailey

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

Booklovers Festival: Permission to Write

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

Workshop Memoir – Story & Meaning with Nicola Redhouse

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Nicola Redhouse

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

Fact/Fiction Conversation: Melanie Cheng & Nicola Redhouse

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Melanie Cheng & Nicola Redhouse

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

Alice Robinson & Sarah Schmidt: The Glad Shout

21 September 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Alice Robinson & Sarah Schmidt

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival