The risk for Writing NSW was the difficulty in planning because of this funding uncertainty. Projects such as the Boundless Festival, Australia’s first festival devoted to Indigenous and culturally diverse writers, which is held at Bankstown Arts Centre, were under threat.
‘‘While we’ve been able to continue doing things for writers this year, we haven’t known whether we can plan for next year,’’ Ms McCredie said. ‘‘And a lot of the bigger projects take a year or two to get up. There are partnerships across the sector. And you can’t do all that if you don’t know if you’re going to exist or not.’’ Writing NSW would be ‘‘scrambling’’ to organise Boundless.
A delegation consisting of Ms McCredie, Writing NSW chair Joel Naoum, writer Benjamin Law and publisher Meredith Curnow met with Arts Minister Don Harwin after the rejection of the multi-year application.
‘‘He was receptive to hearing what we were saying. I think it’s probably fair to say he’s been somewhat surprised by the depth of feeling around this issue,’’ Ms McCredie said.
‘‘I have not seen the literary sector stand up like this before. I haven’t seen writers mobilise in this way. That’s a real positive and it did happened again with the federal government inquiry.’’
She said the state government had been conducting a review of its service organisations and the minister said he would consider Writing NSW’s position in the light of that review.
Mr Harwin was approached for comment.