Better Reading has Been Awarded 2 Cultural Grants from The Copyright Agency

Better Reading has Been Awarded 2 Cultural Grants from The Copyright Agency

Acknowledgment of Cultural Fund support

Better Reading acknowledges the support provided by Copyright Agency.

Better Reading also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians on whose land our office stands: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and their Elders past, present and emerging.

Grant 1: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books

Project completed… to listen to the series, please click here.


In December 2019, the Copyright Agency announced funding of $455,691 for 21 ground-breaking projects and Better Reading was proud and excited to be one of the recipients.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said, “There’s terrific diversity in this round of grants and we are all looking forward to the exciting new works that will come from supporting these innovative projects.”

“The Copyright Agency’s members generously commit 1.5% of the agency’s revenue every year to benefit the creative landscape in Australia through grants and Fellowships.”

Better Reading is one of two recipients that will focus on Children’s Literature. With the support of The Copyright Agency grant, we are producing a Better Reading on Writing – Diversity in Children’s Writing Podcast. We received this grant last year, but the timing has been particularly relevant right now, and we admit to feeling even more determined to do this topic justice as we develop this series.

The support we’ve had from listeners for our first Better Reading On Writing series has exceeded all expectations, and we’re looking forwarding to bringing you more podcasts from incredible authors and industry professionals.

To listen to this exciting series, please click here…

Grant Two:

Online month-long features of Australian emerging authors and debuts

Better Reading is the recipient of a second grant from the Copyright Agency that allows us to support and promote debut and emerging authors, to give them a broader platform and to bring their books to our large readership. We are thrilled to be able to offer real support and promotion to authors whose work may not otherwise have this opportunity. We are working with publishers to choose unique titles, and will continue to post these titles here, just prior to promotion.

Books chosen (list will be regularly updated)

The Night Whistler by Greg Woodland

Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland’s wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.

Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781922330093

The Fogging by Luke Horton

Told with equal parts compassion and irony, and brimming with observations that charm, illuminate, and devastate, The Fogging dives deep into what it means to be strong when your foundation is built on sand.


ISBN: 9781925849592

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie

Following the death of their parents, Jessie and her older sister Kay move to their grandmother’s abandoned house. One night they discover The History of Mischief hidden beneath the floor: it is like no book they have ever seen.

Fremantle Press

ISBN: 9781925816266

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

A brilliant debut from a neurodiverse author that explores a young woman’s magical, sensitive, and passionate inner world.



Born Into This by Adam Thompson

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes – identity, racism, heritage destruction – from a wholly original perspective.

University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702263118






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