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Welcome to the Fremantle Press Podcast.

Perhaps you’re a lover of Aussie literature or just love book chat of any kind; perhaps you’re an aspiring author or illustrator; or perhaps you’re someone who hopes one day to work in publishing. If you fit any of these descriptions, this is a podcast you may want to subscribe to.

In 2020 we’ll be sharing our love of books and publishing throughout the year, starting with podcast episodes direct from The Business of Being a Writer at Perth Festival’s Literature and Ideas Weekend. Tickets are still available, but if you can’t make it to all the panels, this is a great way to play catch-up.

Our exciting new host for 2020 is none other than YA author Rebecca Higgie. Rebecca was the winner of the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for Western Australian writers aged between 18 and 35. Her YA novel, A History of Mischief, will be published in September this year.

Rebecca will undertake extended interviews with many of our 2020 authors to find out more about their books, their lives and their writing habits. Special guest authors and industry professionals will take you into topics as diverse as international rights sales, social media, events and more.

Our first quarter will feature Bron Bateman’s poetry collection Of Memory and Furniture, then publisher Georgia Richter and author Jon Doust will discuss the editor–author relationship and Jon’s new book Return Ticket (March). This will be followed by a fantastic look into the business of being a picture book author-illustrator, featuring Katie Stewart’s What Colour is the Sea? (March), Moira Court’s 2019 book Antarctica and Kelly Canby’s Littlelight (July).

This is all coming soon in 2020. In the meantime, City of Fremantle Hungerford Award winner Holden Sheppard has created a full year’s worth of amazing content to keep you busy!

Where can you listen? On your favourite podcast apps such as Apple iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify or SoundCloud, or use the players provided below.

If you like what you hear, we’d love for you to subscribe to the podcast, give it a rating and share it with your friends. You can follow the authors and Fremantle Press on social media, or go and buy their books from your local bookshop.

Check out the show notes on the individual podcast page for all the details.


Music: Letter to a Daughter of St George, from the Meat Lunch E.P: Songs from Floaters. Written by Alan Fyfe. Performed by Trevor Bentley (guitar and vocals – @trevormb) and Chris Parkinson (harmonica). Produced by Blake Carnaby of Nuglife studios ( with impresario work by Benjamin P Newton. Podcast edited by: Claire Miller. Additional sound editing: Aidan d’Adhemar of Fremantle PA Hire.