Do Something

I have been out of the country for the past month-and-a-half so am feeling not nearly up-to-date with Australian publishing and editing news. I can report (completely anecdotally and in my snobby voice) that the calibre of books being read on the London Underground tends to be higher than those found on Melbourne's Werribee/Sydenham lines. The Northern line even has massive posters advertising Jeffrey Eugenides' latest novel, The Marriage Plot. One of my favourite authors! In a train station ad! Then there was all that time spent wandering around Bloomsbury ... ah, it is rather too easy to romanticise London's literary merits.

The bit of local news I did catch was the announcement that the new Queensland Government has axed the state's Premier's Literary Awards. Past winners include well-known Australian writers Thea Astley, JM Coetzee and Helen Garner, as well as emerging and Indigenous authors, screenwriters and poets: a sad state of affairs, indeed.

But things are looking up elsewhere. The editing and publishing students out there should consider submitting their work for the IPEd prize, covered in more detail in this edition's IPEd notes. I also urge all editors to read the piece on pay rates for freelance editors. And then, as Renée et al exhort, please do something!

Kirsten Rawlings
Newsletter Co-Editor

George Eliot's tomb at Highgate Cemetery