In Into the Blue, what starts as a fun snorkelling adventure quickly becomes a test of character and conscience when Blair loses his brother’s beloved GoPro in the sea. On this map of the Omeo wreck on Coogee Beach, draw and label the plants, animals, lost objects, trash and treasure you might see on an old […]

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'Ship to Shore'

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In Kelpie Chaos, a kelpie puppy is about to be sent to the pound and Eli knows he has to do something to save him. After adopting the flame-chested kelpie, now named Zoom, the family falls in love, but they soon learn there’s a lot to remember when raising a working dog. In this activity, kids are […]

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'Draw A Dog You Know with Deb Fitzpatrick'

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Back when If I should lose you was first published, Natasha said, ‘My mother will assure you that I am in no way artistic – although my children very kindly tell me that I do beautiful drawings! I love art though and there is nothing better than a quiet walk through a gallery looking at pieces […]


Sydney Writers Festival

   May 23May 26, 2024

An eight-day celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Meet the people behind your favourite books and become part of the conversations that bring them to life through an exciting program of events and activities.

In Death Leaves the Station we were introduced to a nameless mendicant monk who helped solve a baffling crime in Western Australia’s Outback. Now the monk’s road leads him to the wheatbelt where despised landholder Fred O’Donnell is discovered with a fatal bullet wound, all by himself in a locked room. It’s a classic plot handled […]

Tim Minchin has called The Players ambitious and moving, Bem Le Hunte says it is enticing, and Melinda Harvey says it is funny and wise. But long before she found herself garnering praise, Deborah Pike was dreaming of a cast of characters whose passion and rivalry would bind them across time and continents. In this interview […]

With her prize money, Fogarty Literary Award winner Brooke Dunnell travelled to Eastern Europe to research her second novel, Last Best Chance. Just as her debut, The Glass House, was a work of exquisite tension and ambiguity, Brooke says she wanted Last Best Chance to embrace uncertainty, with characters dealing with multiple moral complexities and who struggle […]

Fremantle Press has been shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award for Small Publisher of the Year. The Australian Book Industry Awards, which were inaugurated in 2001, celebrate excellence and innovation from the teams and individuals across the industry who get books into the hands of readers – from authors and artists to publishers, editors, […]

Published in association with THEATRE 180, Courage Be My Friend by Jenny Davis OAM is the story of Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, who was the only survivor of the Bangka Island Massacre during World War II. Vivian’s selfless efforts to support her fellow prisoners of war in a Japanese camp garnered her many medals and saw her go on to […]


Join authors Wayne Bergmann and Madelaine Dickie in conversation at Success Library

   April 16, 2024
   Success Library

Come join us at an evening in conversation with the remarkable Wayne Bergmann, Nyikina man and Kimberley leader.

Sister Bullwinkel was a WWII hero who tended to patients in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia. Find the right illnesses to diagnose the WWII patient like Vivien Bullwinkel does in Courage Be My Friend. We’ve collated some common diseases she may have encountered. Use the internet to come up with your best […]

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'Diagnose the WWII illness'

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Brobot is the first children’s graphic novel in the Sally Tinker series. The series follows Sally Tinker and her brother as they navigate through all of Sally’s inventions. The Design Your Own Robot activity sheet is a great resource to spark creative and logical thinking and to encourage attention to detail. For more teaching activities, download […]

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'Design your own robot'

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This year’s festival is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers of all ages and readers of all genres to listen to their favourite local writers and expand their literary horizons.

The launch will be hosted by Gleebooks in Glebe, NSW and launched by publisher at large at Pan MacMillan and chief literary critic of The Australian Geordie Williamson.


25th anniversary edition of Benang: From the Heart by Kim Scott

   May 10, 2024
   City of Fremantle - Walyalup Civic Centre

Fremantle Press Presents the 25th anniversary edition of Benang: From the Heart by Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Kim Scott.


Book launch: Gerard McCann presents his debut memoir, Anatomy of a Secret.

   May 2, 2024
   Kidogo Arthouse

Join Gerard McCann for an evening in conversation with special guest Caroline Wood from the Centre for Stories, as they discuss his memoir, Anatomy of a Secret.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2024 Book of the Year Awards shortlist has been announced with Timeless by Kelly Canby taking its place alongside five other titles in the picture book category. Entries in this category are for outstanding books of the picture book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and […]

An Unexpected Party, co-published by Get YA Words Out and edited by Seth Malacari, has been shortlisted in the Best Anthology category of the Aurealis Awards.

Fremantle Press is in the running to receive a prestigious Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania Region. The prize celebrates publishing innovation and creative editorial curation for books published in the previous year. Fremantle Press children’s publisher Cate Sutherland said she was honoured to see her list gaining […]

Award-winning crime author Dave Warner is heading west this April to celebrate the release of his new novel Summer of Blood.

Find the right words to fill out the ad-lib poem or write your own Fibonacci poem (sometimes called a Fib). Right Way Down and other poems is an accessible poetry collection that covers a wide variety of topics in an illustrated, read-aloud format. It offers plenty of opportunities for engagement through performance, creative writing, art and […]

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'DIY Poetry'

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Gastronauts is a children’s graphic novel in the Sally Tinker series. The series follows Sally Tinker and her brother as they navigate through all of Sally’s inventions. The Inside The Human Body activity sheet is a great resource for written literacy, identification skills and biological science. For more teaching activities, download the free teaching notes here.

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'Inside the human body with James Foley'

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Ever wondered what makes an idea good or bad? Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, asks author and illustrator James Foley just what is the big idea?

Nedingar: Ancestors by Isobel Bevis and Leanne Zilm, I Am the Mau and other stories by Chemutai Glasheen and Timeless by Kelly Canby have been named Notable books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Fremantle Press children’s publisher Cate Sutherland said she was extremely proud of her list and excited to see diverse debut […]