Interconnectivity Between Authors, Publishers, Librarians and Australian Government Programs

A panel discussion to explore the interconnectivity between authors, publishers, librarians and Australian Government programs and policy that support Australian literature.

An easily recognizable common goal is continuing the creation and publication of Australian works, particularly First Nations stories, but other areas to explore may include:

  • Nurturing an Australian reading culture
  • Support for writers (including lending rights)
  • Expanding the international market for Australian works

A set of agreed topics to explore will be based on the priorities of the confirmed representatives and what can be realistically be achieved in the time available – with time for audience participation.

Each of 4 panel members will provide the perspective of their sector – writers, publishers, librarians and Australian government officers.


Helen Walker

Assistant Director, Literature, Office for the Arts

Author Bio

Prior to joining the Office for the Arts Helen has built significant international experience in presenting and organising conferences in the Archives sector. Through this experience she recognises the value of exploring and fuelling ideas and innovation and professional events such as ALIA’s national conference.

Helen now working in literature policy and was privileged to attend the Public Lending Right International conference in September 2023 where she developed a strong appreciation for the potential power that can be manifested when different parts of the literature sector join forces.

Scotia Ashley

Senior Program Office, Office for the Arts

Author Bio

Scotia joined the Literature team of the Australian Government’s Office for the Arts, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts in 2020 to lead the Public Lending Right Surveys. Scotia has previous experience as a librarian at the National Library of Australia for 12 years, primarily in Readers Services as a coordinator of the Main and Special Collection readings rooms, overseeing the reference team for the Reader services team and the Pictures and Manuscripts team.