Literary groups demand a say over PM’s delayed Book Council of Australia plan

A group of key Australian writers festivals and literary groups have signed an open letter calling for the end of uncertainty over the Book Council of Australia.

The proposed council and $6m in funding was announced by Tony Abbott in December 2014 at the prime minister’s literary awards. Abbott said the body would “celebrate good reading and good writing”.

However, eight months later it remains “unclear what the council will do, how it will run, who will be invited to contribute,” and how the funding will be allocated, the letter states.

By Monica Tan; more at The Guardian

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