11th November, 2020

Olivia Lanchester

Olivia Lanchester is the CEO of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Previously, Olivia worked as an intellectual property lawyer in private practice and – for a short time – as a freelance editor. Olivia advises authors and illustrators on all aspects of the publishing process, and is highly experienced in the negotiation of publishing, agency and distribution contracts. She leads the ASA’s advocacy on copyright reform, cultural policy, unfair contracts, lending rights and the implications of emerging artificial intelligence on authors’ professional careers. She advocates for the recognition of authors as key drivers of the creative economy. Olivia is also a director of the Australian Copyright Council and sits on the board of the International Authors Forum.


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