National Writers' Congress 2015
After more than a decade of ebooks and two decades of the internet, it is time to take stock of the current and emerging prospects for authors in the “new democracy” of an online world. Has the internet boosted the possibilities for writers today – or are we still mainly parts suppliers to someone else’s “industry”?
What results have the new technology brought? Has the delivery of words and images been enhanced, but at the cost of sales and pay? Has the commercialisation of the internet cornered or liberated writers? We hear that everyone can now be an author – but is this true and if so, is it a virtue or a vice? Governments today shy away from boosting financial support for writers and writing, and about copyright, we are told that “the system is broken”. Yet new ways of using copyright and earning from our work have also arrived.
On Friday 11 & Saturday 12 September 2015 the Australian Society of Authors held its second biennial National Writers' Congress, gathering an accomplished group of authors, illustrators, journalists, publishers, booksellers and industry professionals, who discussed the latest ideas on authors’ rights, role and place in a time of constant change.
Recordings of Congress presentations are available for ASA members only. Click on the headings below.
A twelve page summary of the National Writers' Congress by Tony Maniaty is also available for download. Click here.
Left to right: Brigitta Olubas, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Bronwyn Bancroft
Not pictured: Angelo Louakakis (moderator)
Left to right: Mark Dreyfus, Elizabeth Weiss, Libby Gleeson, Jackie French
Not pictured: Debra Adelaide (moderator)
Left to right: Adam Bandt MP, Kate Larsen, David Day, The Hon Mark Dreyfys QC MP
Not pictured: Angelo Loukakis (moderator)
Left to right: Alice Grundy, Amelia Lush, Susan Hawthorne
Not pictured: Kate Forsyth, Jill Eddington (moderator)
Left to right: Ben Eltham, Lex Hirst, Pamela Freeman, Benython Oldfield
Not pictured: David Day, David Marr (moderator)
Left to right: Libby Baulch, Scott Turow, Linda Jaivin
Not pictured: Dominic Young (presentation), Kim Williams (modetator)
Left to right: Benjamin Law, Van Badham
Not pictured: Jesse Blackadder (moderator) Elliot Bledsoe, Bronwyn Mehan
Not pictured: Sarah Davis, Christy Dena, Annabel Smith, Anne Summers (moderator)
Left to right: John Marsden, Claire Stuckey
Left to right: Kat Mayo, Benython Oldfield, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Anne Maria Nicholson (moderator)
Left to right: David Day, Angelo Loukakis
Not pictured: Anne Maria Nicholson (moderator)