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.

Mel and Shell is set in 1979. What was going on then? For Sandgropers of a certain age, you’ll remember that 1979 was promoted as the 150th anniversary of English settlement in Western Australia. There were fetes, re-enactments (including the Parmelia Yacht Race), and every primary school child was given a diary with lots of […]

‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all. Don’t ever refer to it again, please. Now then! Here’s our backwater at last, where […]


Stella Budrikis: Author Talk

   November 4, 2021
   East Perth Cemeteries

The National Trust of Western Australia is hosting a special heritage conversation at East Perth Cemeteries with author Stella Budrikis, who will talking about her research into the dark world of baby farming. Diving into early twentieth century Perth, Stella’s book, The Edward Street Baby Farm: the Murder Trial That Gripped a City, explores the […]


Jessica Walton: Author Talk

   November 4, 2021

Jessica Walton talks about her new graphic novel, Stars in Their Eyes, in this special event for secondary teachers and librarians at The Little Bookroom. Not only will the discussion with Jessica be fantastic as she talks about how her life has influenced her work, but there will also be discussion about how her contribution […]


Barry Nicholls: Author Talk

   October 21, 2021
   Boya Library, 119-135 Scott Street, Helena Valley, 6056

Join Barry Nicholls as he discusses his book, ‘Second Innings: On Men, Mental Health and Cricket’ at Boya Library. A reflection on Barry Nicholls’ life, ‘Second Innings’ explores the author’s struggle with mental health and the road to recovery, using his love of the game of cricket to make sense of it all. Set partly […]


Lines to the Horizon: Author talk

   October 21, 2021

Join Jock Serong and Mark Smith as they discuss the new anthology, Lines to the Horizon, and the importance of a “literary culture around surfing” in a Zoom event with Geelong Regional Libraries. Lines to the Horizon features six authors writing about surf, and the ocean, in six very different ways. Their stories are reverential, […]


2021 Fremantle Press Great Big Book Launch

   October 21, 2021
   Fremantle Arts Centre

Join us at Fremantle Arts Centre for an evening beneath the Milky Way celebrating the superstars of local literature as we launch 19 new books and commemorate 45 years of publishing. Hosted by Deb Fitzpatrick and Yuot A. Alaak, the night will feature talented local authors and artists Alex Forrest, Aśka, Cristy Burne, David Allan-Petale, […]


Morning tea with Brigid Lowry

   October 27, 2021
   Spearwood Library

Trying to maintain grace and good humour amidst life’s potholes and pitfalls can sometimes be difficult. A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself and other essays by Brigid Lowry is all the encouragement you’ll need to nurture you and those around you. Come along to Spearwood Library to hear Brigid speak about her book and […]


A Shot in the Dark: Alan Carter

   November 17, 2021

A Shot in the Dark celebrates the final instalment in the Cato Kwong series, Crocodile Tears, with Alan Carter and Craig Kirchner from Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney.


A Year Of Loving Kindness To Myself with Brigid Lowry

   November 10, 2021
   City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus Street Leederville, WA 6007

Join the City of Vincent Library for this author talk from Brigid Lowry about her latest release, A Year Of Loving Kindness To Myself & Other Essays. A beautifully presented and uplifting book of contemplative, wry, sometimes funny essays about living thoughtfully and with care amidst life’s challenges. Informed by contemporary psychology and Buddhist philosophy, […]

Born in 1927, Gladys Milroy was taken to the Parkerville Orphanage at two years old and spent the next 14 years separated from her mother, Daisy. Gladys say, ‘I think the thing is about growing up in an orphanage is that you live in a story all the time because that’s the way you survive.’

Setting is one of the tools in an author’s kit. Those of us who studied literature at school have all written essays on setting analysing how it contributes to mood and atmosphere, signalling what we can expect to happen in a scene. In Kate Atkinson’s book When Will There Be Good News? we know immediately […]

Katie Stewart said she turned to art because she couldn’t keep up with her two older sisters who were incredibly bright. Drawing was her way to do something that distinguished her from them.

Congratulations to Helen Milroy, author of Backyard Bugs, Katie Stewart, author of What Colour is the Sea?  and Tracey Gibbs, author of Let’s Count Wildflowers for being shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

In his new memoir Second Innings: On Men, Mental Health and Cricket Barry Nicholls says, ‘Life is like facing an opening bowler: the pitch is unknown, the ball is new and you don’t know what will be delivered.’ He describes the book as a story about his passion for cricket and how the friendships formed […]