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'I am excited about this edition of Australian Author because I believe it is hugely important that an organisation dedicated to advocacy and support for writers does not avoid discussing the issues facing our industry. Indeed, I believe it is incumbent on us to both inform and challenge in order to encourage authors and publishers alike, to eschew the safety of the middle ground in favour of celebrating the richness and colour of difference.
'Brave writing may be controversial, opinionated, dangerous and challenging, but not all contentious, opinionated, challenging and dangerous writing is brave. What sets the two apart are integrity, thoughtfulness, courage, and as Susan Carland mentions, vulnerability.' (Juliet Rogers, Introduction)