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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... vol. 122 no. 6419 4 May 2004 of The Bulletin est. 1880 The Bulletin
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Closed Book, Sonya Hartnett , single work criticism

Hartnett comments on the difference in treatment of Australian writers for children compared with those who write for adults. She recounts her experience at a literary festival to illustrate her view that children's writers are 'expected to be clown-like entertainers' while writers for adults are treated with far greater regard. As the writers who 'keep children and teenagers reading', Hartnett argues that children's writers 'should be treated with the utmost, rather than the very least, respect.'

Hartnett further highlights disparity in treatment in the area of awards' prizemoney. She points out that some major awards (for instance the Miles Franklin and The Age Book of the Year) specifically exclude writing for children; in other awards the prizemoney offered to children's writers is considerably less than that offered to writers of adult fiction. However, it is writing for children 'that is carried in the reader's heart for a lifetime; it is writing that speaks to the future.'

(p. 60-62)
Note: Illustrated by Drahos Zak
Women o' War, Peter Pierce , single work review
— Review of Heroic Australian Women in War : Astonishing Tales of Bravery from Galliopoli to Kokoda 2004 selected work biography ;
(p. 65)

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