Just when we thought we couldn’t love Kate Forsyth any more….
Australian Author Kate Forsyth has released an impassioned plea for increased government support for local authors in the wake of the announcement that $104 million will be removed from the Australia Council for the Arts.
A regular guest at writers festivals both home and abroad, Forsyth has always been a highly respected member of the Australian literary community, coming from a long line of writers. Her sister, Belinda Murrell, is also a bestselling children’s author .
Here’s an excerpt from her blog:
Although I have been perturbed and disturbed by much that I see happening in our homeland – and, indeed, the world – for a long time, things came to a head for me yesterday at the National Writers’ Congress, held by the Australian Society of Authors at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park yesterday (and continuing on today).
The audience and panels were composed of novelists, poets, academics, biographers, illustrators, literary critics, publishers, agents, editors, literary festival organisers, directors of writers’ centres, booksellers … and politicians.
It was the address by one of these politicians – the Minister for the Arts, the Hon George Brandis – which has provoked me to rise in the darkness, long before the first weird cackle of the kookaburras, and write down some of what is bothering me.
You can read all of Kate’s ‘very polite rant’ here.