Decision to axe UWA Publishing met with outrage

The 85-year-old university publishing house is to be closed – a move which has alarmed and angered the literary sector.

Australia’s literary sector is up in arms over the decision to close down UWA Publishing (UWAP), the 85-year-old publishing house at the University of Western Australia.

Established in 1935, UWA Publishing has developed a reputation for publishing diverse, distinctive and distinguished poetry, fiction and nonfiction titles under current UWAP director, Terri-ann White.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts