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.

*In-person* FrankTALK with Rachel Givney

26 July 2021
Frankston City Libraries
Rachel Givney

Frankston Library

60 Playne Street

Frankston, VIC 3199

Author event: Crime Panel

28 July 2021
Farrells Bookshop
Mark Brandi, Katherine Kovacic & Kyle Perry


Patrick Lenton book launch

29 July 2021
Brunswick Bound
Patrick Lenton

Book Launch

Eliza Henry-Jones: Writing and Creativity

6 August 2021
Whitehorse Manningham Libraries
Eliza Henry-Jones

Join award winning author Eliza Henry-Jones as she discusses creativity, her...

NEW DATE: Norman Swan live in Bendigo, 7pm, 11 August

11 August 2021
Bendigo Writers Festival
Norman Swan, Robyn Lindsay

Trusted medical broadcaster, Norman Swan, talks about his book, "So You

Get writing! Online

14 August 2021
City of Melbourne Libraries
11am to midday on the second Saturday of the month