Inaugural First Nations and POC Writers Count

The report shows a significant underrepresentation of diverse writers published in Australia.

Although the research was wrapped up late last year, The First Nations and People of Colour Writers Count (FNPOC) report led by Dr Natalie Kon-yu at Victoria University, with assistance from Emily Booth, has just been released. Utilising statistics revealing the number and diversity of Australian writers who were published in 2018, Kon-yu explains that the goal of the project was to ‘develop the first large-scale numerical dataset that illustrated the inequity in Australia’s publishing industry that has been anecdotally observed for many years’.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on