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Vociferate with Emily Sun

   May 3, 2022
   6.30pm—7.30pm

Join Emily Sun for a virtual event as part of Bassendean Library’s Literary Salons in the Library series, as she discusses her debut collection of poetry, Vociferate | 詠, and talks about her work. Inspired by diasporic-Asian feminist writers, Emily resists Orientalist tropes as she explores the complexities of national and transnational identities, reflects upon […]

The Light series by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Brian Simmonds includes The Last Light Horse, In the Lamplight, Light Horse Boy and Lighthouse Girl. These four books each look at some of the historical figures who played a part in World War I and are suitable for children to read as they learn about […]

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Fremantle Library has stacked their shelves with an extensive new collection of books published by local Fremantle press writers. The library in the Walyalup Civic Centre has made more than 300 titles available for loan. The Fremantle Press collection includes both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from crime and historical novels to autobiographies, art and culture […]

‘The Business of Being a Writer’ added another topic to its list of panel discussions this year: ‘In the Writers’ Room’. Moderated by Holden Sheppard, whose 2018 YA novel, Invisible Boys, is currently being adapted for television, the panel featured documentary filmmaker Victoria Midwinter-Pitt, director and screenwriter Ben Young and writer-director Maziar Lahooti. Victoria started […]

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is the creator of a new board book Everything You Want to See. The artist and father takes us through how he gets his ideas and the collaborative process of translating them onto the page. Everything You Want to See started as an idea in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. […]

To celebrate the release of our new crime titles – Blood & Ink by Brett Adams, The Cast Aways of Harewood Hall by Karen Herbert, The Gallerist by Michael Levitt, The Ghost of Gracie Flynn by Joanna Morrison, The Ballroom Murder by Leigh Straw and After the Flood by Dave Warner – we’ve got a […]

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Celebrate the launch of The Sawdust House with David Whish-Wilson

   April 28, 2022
   6.00pm—8.00pm
   The Chesterfield Lounge, Fremantle

Join David Whish-Wilson as he celebrates the launch of his latest novel, The Sawdust House. Hosted by New Edition, the book will be available to be purchased and signed on the night. Entry is free, light food will be provided and drinks will be available to be purchased from the bar. Bookings are essential and […]

The Perth Festival Writers Weekend provided West Australian readers and writers with the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of authors, creators and professionals in the industry. I attended the Fremantle Press event ‘The Business of Being a Writer’ on a lovely Friday afternoon at the Fremantle Arts Centre. With the ever-evolving nature of […]

The Sawdust House is my third historical novel, following on from The Coves in 2018. I’m normally a crime fiction novelist, but my crime novels have an historical element too, with most of them set in 1970s and 1980s Perth and Fremantle. All of the novels require a fair bit of research, but it’s research […]

Speaking to Brooke Dunnell on the Fremantle Press podcast, novelist Maria Papas said when she was younger some people told her ‘Writing’s not really a career for a girl from Bunbury … you have to pick something safer’. But, as she points out, her enjoyment of writing has held her in good stead so far. […]

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Celebrate the launch of Everything You Want to See with Kyle Hughes-Odgers

   April 23, 2022
   3.00pm—4.00pm
   Rabble Books, Maylands

Join acclaimed artist and author / illustrator Kyle Hughes-Odgers as he launches his first board book, Everything You Want to See at Rabble Books. There will be a reading of Kyle’s new book, art activities suitable for kids and adults, stickers and hopefully some ripe watermelon from the Rabble garden!

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The Silence of Water with Sharron Booth

   June 16, 2022
   6.00pm—7.00pm
   City of Vincent Library

Join Sharron Booth as she discusses her debut historical fiction novel, The Silence of Water, at the City of Vincent Library. Sharron will be discussing her novel and the writing process, and copies of her book will be available on the night to purchase.

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Yuot A. Alaak: Author talk

   May 4, 2022
   5.30pm—6.30pm
   Old Midland Courthouse

Hear Yuot A. Alaak, author of Father of the Lost Boys, recount his four-year journey from Ethiopia to Sudan and on to the safety of a Kenyan refugee camp. Yuot will be speaking about his experience and his book, which will be available for sale on the night.

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Karen Herbert: Stories on Stage

   April 6, 2022
   7.00pm—8.00pm
   Koorliny Arts Centre, Theatre 2

Join Koorliny Arts Centre for their first Stories on Stage event for 2022 as Karen Herbert, author of The River Mouth, takes to the stage with fellow crime writer Michael Trant, in-conversation with Monique Mulligan. Enjoy supper as you listen to the authors talk about their new crime releases, book deals, and more!

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Portland Jones and Dianne Wolfer: Authors In-Conversation

   April 6, 2022
   6.00pm—7.30pm
   AH Bracks Library + Creative Space

Meet local authors Portland Jones and Dianne Wolfer as they share a conversation about their lives amongst animals and their shared passion for the Light Horse regiment. Copies of their most recent books, Only Birds Above and The Last Light Horse, will be available to purchase on the night from Typeface Books.

Fans of art heists, fakes and the hunt for long-lost art treasures are going to love The Gallerist, a new mystery story by Michael Levitt. In it, Mark Lewis is running a small art gallery when a local woman brings him a painting for valuing that looks uncannily like the work of the renowned but […]

Lion, is that you? by Moira Court is a gorgeous multi-layered new picture book that plays on myths about big cats stalking through the Australian bush. We asked Moira to share with us five books featuring big cats that she loved reading to her daughter. We think you’ll agree her choices, would make wonderful, purring […]

In Lion Is That You? author and illustrator Moira Court takes us on a journey through the Australian bush, searching for lions. This wildflower activity sheet is designed for kids to identify the wildflowers in the Australian bush. For more teaching activities, download the free teaching notes here.

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Olivia Lanchester, CEO and company secretary of The Australian Society of Authors, joins Claire Miller and Georgia Richter for a chat about the ASA and what writers can gain from being members. Olivia discloses the advocacy work of the ASA being a national body that speaks for authors and talks about the importance of writing […]

In Only Birds Above Arthur Watkins, is a blacksmith serving with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East during World War I.  When he returns home without his horse – the companion he’s worked alongside for four years – he is a man forever changed by what he has seen and suffered. In […]

Emerging arts professional and Minderoo editor, Kirsty Horton was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2022 IPEd Student Prize for her work; ‘BookTube and the Publishing Industry: A Study of the Commercial Relationship between YouTube Content Creators and Publicists’. Kirsty, who recently completed an MA in Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin University, said, ‘It […]

After opening their newly-refurbished doors earlier this year, Fremantle Library at the new Wayalup Koort played host to Fremantle Press’ annual event programmers’ breakfast where Press authors pitched their latest literary works to other industry professionals. Joined by members of the Emerging Writers Program, everyone was keen to hear what Fremantle Press has in store for […]

Stars in Their Eyes creators Aśka and Jessica Walton, and Stellarphant creator James Foley are over the moon about their latest news. All three celebrated their books making it onto the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book list. Plus, all three are thrilled to announce American publications. Stellarphant will be published in the USA […]

In this article, Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter interviews a Mills & Boon author. When my friend was fourteen, he used to go to a mate’s place to read his friend’s mother’s Mills & Boons. Thosebooks with the purple spines taught my friend a lot. When he tells me this, it occurs to me that […]