The latest update from CEO Jane Fraser.

Nobody was going to rain on our parade this month – literally! It was 38 degrees when Fremantle Press staff, the chairman of the board Ian Lilburne and a large contingent of authors joined the annual Fremantle Parade. Mr Big author Martin Chambers pushed a library trolley decorated as a Viking ship while Deb Fitzpatrick (The Break) led the pack with a large sign strapped to her hips. The kids of Fremantle were on the receiving end for stickers and bookmarks. Fun times! Thank you to everyone who took part and especially to Jen Banyard, Martin Chambers, Deb Fitzpatrick, James Foley, Geoff Havel, Norman Jorgensen, Meg McKinlay and Kate McCaffrey.

We were really excited to learn that On a Small Island by Kyle Hughes-Odgers was one of 32 books selected from 109 submissions for the Hello! from Australia exhibition. One of his illustrations will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair thanks to the Australian Publishers Association and their partners, Books Illustrated and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. One hundred Aussie picture books will also be exhibited including The Last Viking Returns by Norman Jorgensen and James Foley and Harold and Grace by Sean E Avery. Previous Hello! from Australia exhibitions have toured to Asia and we know from experience that this supports our efforts to sell picture books in all overseas territories.

Last but not least, I want to acknowledge the amazing efforts of everyone involved in the Anzac commemoration this year. Dianne Wolfer outsigned two bestselling authors, watched Lighthouse Girl the light show, watched Lighthouse Girl the play, heard Lighthouse Girl the song, talked Lighthouse Girl the book and ate Lighthouse Girl biscuits. Madison Lloyd-Jones and Deborah Gare launched their book When War Came to Fremantle 1899 to 1945 at the Army Museum of Western Australia – all while moving house, securing promotions, giving Anzac related talks and, in Maddie’s case, helping run Fremantle’s Anzac commemoration events.

Enjoy the last of your Spring days, everyone. Next stop: Christmas!

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