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Literature Policy after the Literature Board

Thursday 11 September 2014, 5:30 - 6:30pm
The University of Queensland Art Museum (Building 11)
St Lucia Campus [see map]

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In 2013, The Literature Board of the Australia Council was restructured out of existence as part of a wider review of the Australia Council. Ironically, this happened at a time of transformational change in literary culture and in the literary policies shaping it. Literature is enjoying a moment of heightened visibility - present digitally and socially (in the form of festivals and bookclubs) in an unprecedented way. At the same time, governments are innovating in response to opportunities and crises in the literary field - such as the efforts to build literary cities like Melbourne or Dublin, or the effort to “save" literary publishing at a time of perceived contraction. Literature remains the objects of both obscure (public lending right) and high profile (government literary awards) policy action - and in some instances of debate. This lecture examines the state of play in Australian literary policy - including the current controversies around literary awards and the new trends (including literary cities and support for literary publishing). It seeks to place an international cultural policy frame around local developments and see policy as transforming in relationship to the way community and government uses the literary in the social and symbolic context.


Dr Stuart Glover is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, where he has a research interest in literary institutions and cultural policy. Among many other arts industry appointments, he was the founding Director of the Brisbane Writers Festival, Manager for Writing at Arts Queensland, a Board Member of the Queensland Theatre Company, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Writers Centre and a member of Literature Board of the Australia Council. He is currently the founding Chair of the Queensland Literary Awards Inc. He has written creative non-fiction for newspapers, radio, websites, and small magazines - including McSweeney’s, Griffith Review, The Lifted Brow, Island, Sydney Review of Books, Artlink, and ABC Radio National.  He is the editor, with Robyn Sheahan-Bright, of Hot Iron Corrugated Sky: 100 Years of Queensland Writing. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Johnno Award in 2013 for Outstanding Service to the Queensland Writers and Writing.

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Gay Hawkins.
Members of the public are invited to attend this free lecture, after which light refreshments will be served.
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