• ‘This is a scary time’: coronavirus emergency fund set up for UK authors

    Author Philip Pullman said the grants of up to £2,000 designed to meet urgent need ‘will be enormously reassuring’ A £330,000 emergency fund for authors is being launched to support those facing “unmanageable” losses from the cancellation of events, book tours and school visits during the coronavirus pandemic. The Society of Authors, which launched the […]

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  • Review of the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Author

    A review of the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme started in March 2020. We have contacted people who have previously registered for the scheme and asked them to participate in a survey. If you wish to participate you can email us.   What is the Public Lending Right scheme?   The Public […]

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  • SURVEY FOR ALL NZ WRITERS – LOST INCOME IN THE GIG ECONOMY

    NZSA SURVEY Writers’ incomes are being impacted by cancellation of events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Income streams that are being cancelled include: teaching creative writing courses and workshops, launch event sales, cancelled Writers festival appearances (NZ and international), other events such as Arts Festivals, readings, lectures, workshops, school visits through Storylines and Writers in Schools programmes. NZSA, CLNZ […]

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  • Free Speech 2020: An Interview with Cecile Richard

    from PEN AMERICA – by Gina Chung March 11, 2020 PEN America asked Cecile Richards to talk about what freedom of speech and expression mean to her, what freedom of speech and expression mean in 2020 specifically, and the greatest threats to speaking out. Photo by Carl Daniel Cox Cecile Richards is a national leader […]

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  • Shaping A New Future: Canada Council to make historic $5 million investment in PLR

    As a key element of its strategic commitment to increase direct support to artists, the Canada Council for the Arts has committed a total of $5 million in new funds to the creator payment budget of its Public Lending Right Program. The new funds are scheduled to arrive over a two-year period, starting with $2.5 […]

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  • A Coronavirus Update from PEN America

    March 11, 2020 PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and PEN America President Jennifer Egan sent the following note to friends and supporters on Wednesday, March 11, 2010. Dear Friends, As the world faces a global health crisis, we at PEN America are encountering uncharted territory. We’re an organization committed to truth and facts, and right […]

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  • The Coalition for Books: Writers and Books join the Pasifika Festival

    The recently established Coalition for Books will be placing writers centre stage at the upcoming Pasifika Festival, to be held in Auckland across the weekend of 14th – 15th March. Writers including Poet Laureate David Eggleton and rising star Tayi Tibble will be amongst those performing on stages throughout the two-day event, with its expected […]

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  • NEW Book shows Australian Government was complicit in murder and cover-up of Balibo 5 Journalists

    NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc advocates for freedom of speech by journalists and writers around the world Pacific Media Watch 6 March 2020 TIMOR-LESTE: Murdered journalists a ‘hurdle’ for Jakarta in concealing invasion Flashback to Greg Shackleton reporting from Balibo in 1975, shortly before being murdered along with four other Australian-based […]

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  • AUSRALIA: Loss of AAP newswire a tragedy for entire Pacific – journalists lose jobs in Australia

    AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The shock announcement yesterday that the Australian Associated Press newsagency will cease operations after 85 years is a blow to journalism in Australia and the Pacific. AAP, which is owned by Nine, News Corp Australia, The West Australian and Australian Community Media, provided services to media companies such as […]

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  • China: PEN condemns politically-motivated prosecution of publisher Gui Minhai

    London, 25 February 2020 The conviction and sentencing of Swedish-Chinese publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of ‘providing intelligence’ abroad appears to be in retaliation for his work as a publisher and in response to international calls for his freedom, said PEN International today, as it called on the Chinese authorities […]

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  • IPA Condemns China’s New 10-Year Sentence for Prix Voltaire Laureate Gui Minha

    In News by Porter Anderson February 25, 2020 Characterizing publisher Gui Minhai’s treatment by Beijing as ‘meant to scare others into silence,’ the IPA asks for new action from Sweden, the EU, and international community on the jailed publisher’s behalf. Image – iStockphoto: Rattankun Thongbun By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Gui Convicted of ‘Illegally […]

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  • IAF members in UK concerned by government withdrawal of support for authors’ rights

    29th January 2020 EU, News, UK With the UK Government announcing it will not be implementing the EU Copyright Directive, the authors’ community in the UK have criticised this move away from protecting authors’ rights. IAF members the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors have both issued statements urging the […]

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