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The Airways is longlisted for the Miles Franklin

Well, this is excellent news for The Airways – a Miles Franklin longlisting is not to be sneezed at. Many thanks to the judges, to everyone at Picador Australia, and to you, my dear readers. Big congratulations to the rest of these brilliant writers, and hurrah for my agent Martin Shaw who has not one but two authors on this list!

A couple of things have happened since my last post, including an election with a very strong message on climate action – about time! It’s also a moment for reflecting on what we’ve learned from the last rather long nine years, and in that spirit I wrote a piece for Meanjin about the way forward for arts and culture – not just more funding, but structural change that prioritises (you guessed it) fair pay for artists and writers. Read it here:

It’s Time… To Demand Fair Pay in the Arts

Thanks to Vitalstatistix for the residency, which buys me time to think and write more about labour issues this year, as well as getting to do other fun stuff such as interview artists and be involved in strategic planning (hey, it’s narrative therapy for organisations, what’s not to like).

I’ve also been busy running my Writers SA course First Draft, reviewing books over at Australian Book Review, and publishing a new short story in The Saturday Paper – both these publications are paywalled but worth the $ if you can afford it. And finding time to do some serious work on the WIP, too.

Some interesting developments are happening with the MEAA Freelance campaign, but I think that’s enough for today – just a reminder that you can still sign on to endorse the Freelance Charter and join over 500 freelancers now taking action!