‘A state of desperation’: battlers of the arts reflect on Australia Council furore

Meanjin, Next Wave festival, Express Media and Force Majeure are just four of 62 arts companies which had their funding cut by Australia Council

I was living in a wooden house in Bulli when the copy of Voiceworks arrived in the mail.

Young, living cheap with my boyfriend in the Wollongong ‘burbs, the arrival of that magazine was as transformative to belief in my own prospects as the appearance of an owl with a Hogwarts letter. Thanks to an editorial collective in far away Melbourne, I held a printed, cardboard validation in my hands that, yes, maybe even I could be a writer.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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