Hassan Al Nawwab was born in Iraq in 1960 and came to Australia in 2003 with his wife and children. He is a poet and journalist who has published three volumes of poetry and two plays in Arabic, and has received numerous awards for his poems.

Hello and welcome to December. In what’s been a tough year for so many, we are very happy to report some good news this month. Congratulations are in order for three wonderful Fremantle Press creators.

The Future Keepers by Nandi Chinna is one five poetry collections in the running to win a Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Fremantle Press author Meg McKinlay also made the cut in the children’s literature section. Designed to celebrate exceptional Australian literary talent, 30 books were chosen from 562 entries across six categories. Chinna and McKinlay […]

In this fascinating podcast, poet and academic Bron Bateman interviews fellow poets Caitlin Maling and Reneé Pettitt-Schipp about the unexpected parallels between their recent collections, which are both tied to their fathers and to the ocean.

Caitlin Maling’s most recent poetry collection, Fish Song, is rich and diverse, exploring physical landscapes as well as historical and socio-cultural aspects of place. In these poems, she travels the coast of Western Australia, writing about what the ocean provides and questioning what poetry might offer by way of solace and reconnection in an age […]

The poems of writer and environmental activist Nandi Chinna tease out and explore her own experiences of change, in her body and in the plants, animals and ecosystems around her. In The Future Keepers, Chinna invites us to consider our role as custodians of a precious planet – and how what we value, how we […]

Wednesday 5 June marks World Environment Day, which is a celebration of all built and natural environments across the planet. With an increasing focus on climate change, plastic use and sustainability, this is the perfect chance to open discussion on these topics in your classroom.

Members of the Emerging Writers Pilot Program will meet for the first time later this month at a workshop run by Fremantle Press and WA Poets Inc.

Fremantle Press poet Caitlin Maling has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Patricia Hackett Prize.

Acclaimed poet Tracy Ryan’s ninth poetry collection, The Water Bearer, is an intimate exploration of water and its many forms, from filling a second-hand cooler in an old country house to swimming lessons and ocean riptides. In this stunning volume, Ryan explores water as the life-giving and life-taking force that defines our existence.

Sister Heart by Sally Morgan has been shortlisted for a 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature in the children’s category.

Fremantle Press congratulates poet Caitlin Maling on receiving a 2017 Marten Bequest scholarship. Caitlin has been awarded $50,000 to further her eco-critical practice through residencies and research in Australia and in Italy.

We asked editors Tracy Ryan and John Kinsella to pick us a poem each from The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. Here’s what they chose.

Dennis Haskell’s poetry collection Ahead of Us has been longlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. Haskell said it was a bit unusual for a poetry book to get listed.

Caitlin Maling is one of sixteen Australian writers awarded grant money of up to $50,000 to undertake a new arts project.

Sally Morgan’s Sister Heart was one of 30 books by Australian authors shortlisted for a 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award this week. Selected from 425 entries, Morgan wins $5,000 for being shortlisted and goes into the running to win $80,000.

Sally Morgan received award recognition for the second time this week with the announcement that her verse novel Sister Heart is an honour book for older readers in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Awards. It follows the book’s shortlisting for a Gold Inky, which was announced on Monday.

Sally Morgan’s verse novel Sister Heart was today shortlisted for a Gold Inky Award. Administered by the State Library Victoria and selected by teen readers for teen readers, the Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature.

Fremantle Press authors Ray Glickman, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan and Caitlin Maling have each been shortlisted for a 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award from a national field of 792 entrants across nine categories.

Fremantle Press poet Caitlin Maling is one of four writers on the shortlist for the 2016 Mary Gilmore Award for the best first book of Australian poetry published in the past two years.

Poet Dennis Haskell is set to launch his eighth and most personal collection of poetry to date, Ahead of Us. Written in memory of his late wife, Rhonda, the book will raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council WA.

Caitlin Maling has won the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for her forthcoming poetry collection Us Girls. The fellowship is awarded for poetry of outstanding quality, in memory of Dorothy Hewett – a poet also published by Fremantle Press.


Vale Veronica Brady

Fremantle Press extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Veronica Brady, former Fremantle Press board member, who died in Perth last week at the age of 86.

Fremantle Press poet Kevin Gillam has won the Lorikeet Centre’s Open Your Mind poetry competition for his poem ‘clockwise is off’. This is the second 2015 win for the acclaimed poet, orchestra conductor, music teacher and freelance cellist who was awarded the Sawtooth Writing Prize for Poetry in February.