Events

Reneé Pettitt-Schipp: Writers in the Library

   August 26, 2023
   10.00am—11.30am
   Mandurah Library

Join Reneé Pettitt-Schipp at Mandurah Library for a fascinating discussion about her new book, The Archipelago of Us.

Fremantle Press Children’s Publisher Cate Sutherland announced the co-publication of Right Way Down and other poems with fellow local publishing house Alphabet Soup Books. Right Way Down is a creative collection of poetry for middle readers full of entertaining poems by writers including Sally Murphy, A.J. Betts, Cristy Burne, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, Cass Lynch, Amber Moffat, […]

In When I Can Fly by Katie Stewart, Little Boobook is obsessed by the idea of moving to the city and sets off as soon as he can fly. The city, however, is not what he imagined at all. In this free and fun activity, children are asked to colour in Katie’s images and then […]

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From the bestselling Indigenous author and illustrator Helen Milroy comes Crow Baby, a new adventure about a girl with an incredible gift. Crow Baby was born with two spirits – one crow and one human – and in the story she has to use both spirits to save her community. If you had special bird […]

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Chemutai Glasheen is a teacher and a sessional academic at Curtin University. She writes fiction for young people and her work is influenced by her upbringing in Africa and the duality of growing up between two different cultures. In this piece Chemutai shares the behind-the-scenes of her first book I am the Mau and Other […]

In The Brothers Wolfe, Elliot is the ambitious brother living for the best deals. Athol is the younger brother looking for his independence. Both have a foot in the family menswear business and their eye on a sexy French woman. It’s the perfect formula for financial ruin and a great read. We asked Steve Hawke […]

Don’t Make a Fuss is in the running to win a Davitt Award for best non-fiction book by a female crime writer. Wendy Davis’s chilling account of how she survived a vicious attack by the soon-to-be Claremont Serial Killer is one of three titles shortlisted in her category with the winners to be announced on […]

In her latest memoir, Unheard Voices, Dawn Mauldon set out to challenge how voices of displacement, diversity and personal histories influence expectations and outcomes. The author shares her unique and deeply personal perspective on being the child of Deaf parents and what it means to see and communicate in a rich and diverse language world. […]

The Map of William was the unintended outcome of a general curiosity about my own family history. As I became embroiled in the past lives of my forebears, my curiosity soon turned to something else. Not quite an obsession, but close. It became a search for details and evidence—the gathering of little snippets of information […]

Laurie Steed is a writer living and working in the Wadjak region on the traditional lands of the Noongar people. He is the author of You Belong Here and recipient of the 2021 Henry Handel Richardson flagship fellowship. His short story anthology Greater City Shadows was shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an […]

Katherine Allum won the 2023 Fogarty Literary Award at the Edith Spiegeltent at ECU on Thursday 25 May. Allum receives a $20,000 cash prize from the Fogarty Foundation and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press for her winning manuscript The Skeleton House. American-born and Allum worked on her novel as part of an MA at […]

Meet Emma Young, a former bookseller turned journalist and novelist, and her novel The Disorganisation of Celia Stone. The Disorganisation of Celia Stone is an engaging snapshot of the contemporary experience familiar to many women managing anxiety and unrealistic expectations. It follows Celia Stone, the ultimate hyper-organised, journal-obsessed thirty-something with a life that is perfectly […]

I’ve long been a fan of a series of articles called ‘How I Get It Done’, where impressive people with seemingly unlimited abilities (and resources) detail how they go about their day-to-day lives. Often this involves waking up at times that, until I had a baby, I thought were hypothetical numbers, pure maths proofs. Since […]

When I finished my creative writing degree, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to write again. I had half a collection of short stories that I couldn’t bring myself to finish. Obsessed with the idea of a ‘real’ job, but working a part-time/shitty retail gig, I looked back at university as a fun but largely […]

When I signed my publishing contract with Fremantle Press last year, my partner immediately started joking about resigning from work – to wave celebratory pompoms at my book events and writers’ fests, soothe my perpetually poetically-furrowed brow, and make sure my favourite brand of poetry-inspiring beverage is always close to hand. Show me the money […]

In One Wrong Turn Chenée Marrapodi has made all the right turns (of phrase that is). It’s a great book for middle readers and a wonderful retelling of the traditional ballet story. Told with subtlety and honesty, she replaces the ballet clichés with a realistic portrayal of the grit, determination and teamwork required by our […]

In Nedingar: Ancestors by Isobel Bevis and Leanne Zilm, the main character says ‘Ngaangk, ngany koodakarn djinang nganyang nedingar wer kaadatj baalabany’, or ,‘Please Mum, I want to meet my Ancestors and know who they are’. What do you think her answer was? To find out, listen to Isobel reading from her book. Then download […]

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Nedingar: Ancestors by Isobel Bevis and Leanne Zilm is a lyrical, dual language picture book that celebrates the beauty of Country and family. Listen to Isobel read the story in Noongar.

Fremantle Press poet Caitlin Maling, who is on the cusp of releasing Spore or Seed (July 2023), has been awarded the inaugural creative McAuley Fellowship at the University of Tasmania worth $10,000. Caitlin will spend two weeks in Hobart writing and presenting a masterclass for students and an event for the general public. The fellowship […]

True stories in the real world As a publisher and editor, I am an active participant in the creation of books other people will read. The fiction I edit can connect readers to inner words, the non-fiction to the ‘real world’. And some of those stories can be a long time in the making. In […]

Author of The Last Whale, Chris Pash, shares messages of hope from two anti-whaling activists as he marks the return of the Rainbow Warrior to Albany, where she docked ahead of a campaign to sail up the coast of Western Australia to document the wildlife and environment threatened by Woodside Energy’s plans to drill for […]

In this piece, she tells us more about The Archipelago of Us – her beautifully written and compelling memoir about living and working in Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories, the place where Australia’s identity is laid bare and where our self-image is challenged at every level.   What do you hope readers will get out of […]

Michael Thomas celebrated the release of his first novel The Map of William this month – here’s more about it. The Map of William is a classic rite-of-passage novel that follows one young man on his journey of growth and self-discovery. We asked author Michael Thomas to take us behind the scenes of his writing […]

Events

Public. Open. Space. Sydney Book Launch

   November 19, 2023
   3.30pm—4.00pm
   Council Chambers, Walyalup Civic Centre

Join Kate Larsen, one of Australia’s best-known social media poets, at Better Read Than Dead on Sunday 19 November for the release of her debut poetry collection, Public. Open. Space.