A Shot in the Dark came to a thrilling end on Wednesday 17 November as Alan Carter said goodbye to Cato Kwong and discussed the latest book in the series, Crocodile Tears, with Craig Kirchner from Abbey’s Bookstore in Sydney.


The Business of Being a Writer 2022

   February 25, 2022
   Fremantle Arts Centre

Get the professional insights you need to truly succeed as an author at The Business of Being a Writer Seminar 2022 presented as part of Perth Festival. If you’ve ever thought about being a writer, then look no further than this four part seminar series to answer all your questions. Georgia Richter, author of How […]


Say hello to Aśka, Cristy Burne, James Foley and Julia Lawrinson at the Backyard Book Fair

   December 5, 2021
   State Library of Western Australia Theatre

Be entertained, write and draw with Western Australian superstar children’s authors and illustrators at the Backyard Book Fair, presented in partnership with The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (WA) and the State Library of Western Australia.


Exploring Women’s Health through Fiction with Susan Midalia and Josephine Taylor

   December 9, 2021
   City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth

Join writers and friends Susan Midalia and Josephine Taylor as they discuss the connections between their new novels.

Described as ‘breathtaking’, ‘wise’ and ‘poetic’, Maria Papas’s City of Fremantle Hungerford Award winning novel Skimming Stones explores the impact of childhood illness and trauma on families. Set in a paediatric oncology ward and at Lake Clifton in Australia’s South West, Skimming Stones is about a nurse named Grace, who cares for and guides her […]

This Remembrance Day, I thought I’d share a few of the things I discovered while researching my novel Where the Line Breaks that I think deserve to be a little better remembered. My initial idea was to write about a real life Australian war poet, romanticising and fictionalising his or her life in a straightforward […]

Now’s the time for Western Australian writers to add the final touches to their manuscripts! Opening on 3 February 2022, the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award is for an unpublished work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction by an unpublished writer. The winner receives a cash prize of $15,000 and a publishing […]

Hello and welcome to November! Strap in everyone, the countdown to Christmas is on! This time of year our retailers are in a tizz, our sales reps are forcing spare boxes of books into their overloaded car boots, customer service are stuffing express post envelopes and the rest of us are making loud attention-seeking noises […]

Under the night sky and twinkling lights of the gothic Fremantle Arts Centre, some of WA’s talented authors and artists gathered to launch 19 new books and commemorate 45 years of publishing. The Great Big Book Launch, hosted by Fremantle Press, provided authors and book lovers alike with a warm, supportive place for important local […]


Holden Sheppard in-conversation with Craig Silvey and Monique Mulligan

   November 20, 2021
   State Theatre Centre of WA, Courtyard

Stories on Stage is a meet-the-author, in-conversation event between iconic Australian authors Holden Sheppard (Invisible Boys, Brightlights, No City), Craig Silvey (Rhubarb, Jasper Jones, Honeybee) and Monique Mulligan (Wherever You Go).  Hosted by Monique Mulligan, this live conversation will explore Holden’s confronting young adult book, Invisible Boys, and Craig’s tender, profoundly moving novel, Honeybee.  Together, they will discuss […]

Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle helped launch Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton and Aśka at Rabble Books in Maylands. Here’s what she had to say about this new graphic novel for ages 12+.

Karen Herbert took to the stand on Wednesday 6 October to discuss her debut crime novel, The River Mouth, a small-town noir where long-kept secrets are bubbling up to the surface as part of this year’s A Shot in the Dark series. Karen was quizzed by Jane Seaton of Beaufort Street Books in Perth, with […]


A Tale of Two Editors

In which, via a series of plot twists and non sequiturs, a prose editor gets around to asking a poetry editor about how and why she does what she does. Metaphors abound.

It’s been ten years since Detective Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong was introduced to the world. He was in his thirties then; the classical piano playing, cryptic crossword solving, stubborn obsessive was badly in need of redemption in both his career and his marriage. We first met him in Prime Cut, persona non grata, exiled to Stock […]


Alan Carter: Book Launch

   November 4, 2021
   RACV Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart

The fifth and final book in the award-winning Cato Kwong series, Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter, sees Cato’s life on the line with someone from the past as his only hope. Crocodile Tears will be launched by Andrew Wilkie and is hosted by Fullers Bookshop, Hobart. Alan will be in conversation with L J M […]


Dianne Wolfer: Memoir and History Writing Workshop

   November 10, 2021
   Margaret River Library

Join Dianne Wolfer as she shares writing skills to help you develop an anecdote, create a memoir and explore history writing methods and techniques. Dianne is the WA author of 20 books including the ‘Light’ series inspired by the WWI story of an Albany girl signaling to departing soldiers. That story led to three other […]


Dianne Wolfer: Anthropomorphism Writing Workshop

   November 9, 2021
   Margaret River Library

In this interactive session, Dianne Wolfer will share practical tips about writing from diverse animal viewpoints. If you love Animal Farm, Call of the Wild, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Black Beauty or Pig the Pug, this workshop is for you. Come along and find out more about writing in this genre. Dianne […]


Idle Torque with Alex Forrest

   November 18, 2021
   Boya Community Centre, 119-135 Scott Street, Helena Valley

Alex Forrest will be talking about his new book, Idle Torque, and reflecting on his years of writing a car column at Boya Community Centre.


Yuot A. Alaak: Online Workshop

   November 27, 2021

Join Yuot A. Alaak, author of Father of the Lost Boys, for a Navigating the Emotional Journey of Memoir online workshop run by Writers Victoria. Writing a memoir is about deep personal reflections and it is important writers do not rely on shallow emotions at the expense of reason as readers will see through this. […]


Yuot A. Alaak: Author Talk

   October 20, 2021
   City of Vincent Library

Join Yuot A. Alaak at the City of Vincent Library talks about his experiences and his book, Father of the Lost Boys. Yuot is a former child refugee from South Sudan and was part of the globally known ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’, his memoir centres on his father Mecak Ajang Alaak who assumed care of […]

Australia has voted and the results are in for the Better Reading Top 50 Kids book list! Coming in at number 17, Invisible Boys is one of a growing number of debut Australian books identified as a favourite read.

Emerging editor Kirsty Horton is the 2021 Minderoo Editor. The Minderoo Editorship provides funding for a position at Fremantle Press for three years. The program commenced in 2018 with the aim of fostering new Western Australian publishing talent, by helping entry-level editors develop editorial and project-management skills across all genres.