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 […]

Rights to James Foley’s newest picture book Stellarphant have been sold to Kane Miller in the USA.

I hope all of you have been enjoying a lovely holiday weekend. Thanks for tuning in to help me digest my chocolate eggs and to reflect on the month that was.

Novelists and contributors to Lines to the Horizon Mark Smith and Madelaine Dickie have both made the longlist for Adaptable, a program which seeks material from Australian and New Zealand writers for film or television adaptations. If successful, they’ll get the opportunity to pitch their work to screen industry professionals.

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.

Aussie director Nicholas Verso and producer Tania Chambers optioned the film and television rights to Holden Sheppard’s YA novel Invisible Boys this week. Invisible Boys has already won the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Award for an Emerging Writer, and was shortlisted for […]

The US edition of I Love Me, published by Andrews McMeel and written and illustrated by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina, has won a 2019 Silver Nautilus Book Award.

Perth Festival’s Literature and Ideas Weekend injected the city with a refreshing dose of creative energy for the world of storytelling to be celebrated and recognised.

While gearing up for the hot and sweaty whirlwind that typifies Perth Festival Writers Week (and February in general!) I’ve been reflecting on the benefits of networking.

DAVE WARNER IS A STAR. I know you all knew that but I just wanted to underline it in bold caps. Not only is his book Clear to the Horizon on the longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award but he’s also just written a swell new crime novel set in the early sixties when […]

Hot on the heels of having her second novel, Gwen, shortlisted for the Most Underrated Book Award, Goldie Goldbloom’s The Paperbark Shoe is one of six new books selected for the Big Read program by the USA’s National Endowment for the Arts.

If you were an author and you found a hole in the front cover of your book – you’d be alarmed rather than excited right? That’s not the case with the wonderful Kelly Canby, who was delighted to find a die cut hole smack bang in the middle of the Korean language edition of her […]

Hello from NYC, where I am one of eight delegates attending the Australia Council’s New York Publishers Program. Before you get jealous, I’m also bussing back and forth between the New York Rights Fair and New York BookExpo with a big bunch of Fremantle Press books. Needless to say, I’ve got my running shoes on!

Welcome to May! As I write this I am finishing up my time at the Australia Council’s Visiting International Publishers program where I’ve been talking to publishers, scouts and agents. This year’s program included representatives from Germany, India, Spain, France, the US, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Canada. It’s way too early to talk […]

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Hello and welcome to March 2018. Perth Writers Week is over but there’s lots more to come from Fremantle Press.

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Hello and welcome to February 2018. It’s almost time for the Perth Writers Week. In addition to the fantastic program of events our authors are participating in, there are also two events for industry members which we are very proud to be a part of.

An audio adaptation of Alan Carter’s crime novel Prime Cut has been shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama Award while lead actor Andrew Leung has been nominated for Best Debut Performance.

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I believe you can never have too many individuals or organisations championing the arts. Champions can be sponsors, patrons and financial partners, they can be audiences and customers or they can be advocates – people prepared to promote art in all its forms to their networks. In the past few weeks we have met and […]

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Being asked to give a speech on the history of Fremantle Press recently reminded me that very soon I will have been at the Press for a decade. The past ten years have been rich with experience. Preparing for a talk I’ll be giving on the history of Fremantle Press at the Fremantle Heritage Festival […]

The Forum Theatre on Flinders Street is a beautiful old building, dimly lit like a wine bar but lacking in that cosy warmth when it’s fiercely cold outside. It’s also the venue for Books at MIFF – a day that brings together local publishers and producers from Australia, NZ, the UK and the USA for […]

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Fremantle Press and Magabala Books shared an exhibition stand at the 2017 Australian Booksellers Association Conference in Melbourne this June. Attended by over 300 industry professionals, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with booksellers from all regions of Australia and to present our new titles to them.

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Sydney Writers Festival was held on the last week of May and with it the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which I attended at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts to pitch our books to publishers from around the world. The VIP is an annual event and a great opportunity for local […]