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In-conversation with Barry Nicholls

   February 24, 2022
   6.00pm—7.30pm
   AH Bracks Library

A former A-grade district cricketer, schoolteacher and ABC broadcaster, Barry Nicholls has written Second Innings, a reflection on Barry’s life, and a exploration of his struggles with mental health and the road to recovery, using his love of the game of cricket to make sense of it all. Barry will be in-conversation with the City […]

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Enjoy High Tea with Brigid Lowry

   February 14, 2022
   1.30pm—2.30pm
   Armadale Library

Don’t miss author Brigid Lowry discussing her new book, A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself and Other Essays, while enjoying a scone or two! Brigid’s book of essays about living thoughtfully and with care amidst life’s challenges is contemplative, wry and sometimes funny. Brigid’s essays reflect on everything from friendship to grief, from gratitude […]

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Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival 2022

   January 13January 16, 2022
   Seashells Resort, Mandurah

Start your year on a bookish high by heading along to the Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival. This four day event will have lively panel discussions, readings, thought provoking in-conversations and much more.

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Join Karen Herbert at the City of Vincent Library

   January 19, 2022
   10.00am—11.30am
   City of Vincent Library

Karen Herbert will be speaking about her debut crime novel, The River Mouth, at the City of Vincent Library on Wednesday 19 January.The River Mouth is set in a small coastal town, where unhealed wounds are reopened when new DNA evidence gives a mother one last chance to discover the secret to her son’s murder. […]

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By his calculations, Penguin Random House account manager Gavin Burbidge attempts to place 432 books into Australian bookstores per month. Across the publishing industry, that means your book will be competing against thousands of titles and your account manager’s pitch could be less than ten seconds long. For a deep dive into sales, Penguin Random […]

It’s just two months until 3 February 2022 when entries will open for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for an unpublished work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction by an unpublished writer. The winner receives a cash prize of $15,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. To help keep you motivated, […]

Julie Sprigg, author of Small Steps: A Physio in Ethiopia, has vowed to give her Christmas royalty cheque to Direct Reach Ethiopia. A Perth-based organisation, Direct Reach Ethiopia runs programs that empower people living in extreme poverty by supporting children’s education and increasing the earning capacity of Ethiopian women. Julie said, ‘Small Steps is about […]

It was a day of sparkling wine, squishy cheese, good friends, family and fun when David Whish-Wilson launched Sally Scott’s debut cosy crime novel Fromage at Nikolai Estate in WA’s Swan Valley. Here’s what he has to say about the book. As a crime writer, and lover of great writing more generally, Fromage was a […]

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.

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The Business of Being a Writer 2022

   February 25, 2022
   4.00pm—8.00pm
   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 […]

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

   December 5, 2021
   10.00am—12.30pm
   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.

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

   December 9, 2021
   12.00pm—1.00pm
   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 […]

James Foley says the transition from a part-time day job to making a living from his craft was huge and he does not recommend any one quit their job, overnight, on a whim. It took James 14 years to get himself to the point of earning an income from his work as an author/illustrator. In […]

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 […]

Best known for her history of the Durack family, Kings in Grass Castles, Dame Mary Durack Miller was a friend and confidante to many celebrated writers, actors and artists, and an active and much leaned-upon president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Drawing on a great accumulation of firsthand sources, principally her mother’s diaries and […]

Based on the award-winning book by novelist Holden Sheppard, Stan and Screenwest have announced that the television series Invisible Boys is the successful recipient of their joint development initiative. Sheppard said it was a dream come true to hear the project now had the financial backing of both organisations, and he was heartened by their […]

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 […]

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Holden Sheppard in-conversation with Craig Silvey and Monique Mulligan

   November 20, 2021
   2.00pm—3.20pm
   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 […]