State of the (Writing) Nation 2023 presented by Jennifer Down

5 March 2023

The annual State of the (Writing) Nation address was presented on Wednesday 1 March 2023, in conjunction with Writers Victoria and the Wheeler Centre, by Melbourne based Australian author Jennifer Down.

In short, the state of the Australian writing nation is not good. Down, winner of the 2022 Miles Franklin literary award, tells us we “live in a country that does not value the arts”, and “a place where very few people care about books”. Down’s speech is well worth listening to in full.


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