Writing WA has been distressed to learn that the University of WA this week announced plans to close UWA Publishing in its current form.
UWAP is one of Western Australia’s oldest and most important publishing houses, responsible for bringing some of Western Australia’s most acclaimed authors to publication and readerships.
While Writing WA’s vision is for Western Australia to become the State of Opportunity for writers and publishers, this decision by UWA is a huge blow, certain to reduce opportunities for local writers to emerge and to tell WA’s stories. The subsequent loss to our culture will be significant.
Here in the State Theatre Centre this weekend, where Writing WA is currently presenting the Quantum Words Perth Festival—a writers festival exploring science, art, innovation and the spaces in which they intersect—and in an environment where people have come together specifically to celebrate the enormous value of writing and books in our social, cultural and scientific worlds, Writing WA stands with UWA Publishing and our many colleagues in the sector who respectfully call for UWA to reconsider its position.
A petition has been established by poet, Melinda Smith, for anyone wanting to add their voice in protest of this decision.