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Podcast: The Smuggler's Curse

Red Read’s life takes an alarming turn when his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade off the north-west coast in the closing days of the 19th century. Author Norman Jorgensen provides a sneak preview.

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New Western Australian book club

Westbooks and the State Library of Western Australia are joining forces to host a new book club focusing on Western Australian authors and stories. We’re excited to announce that Walpole-based author Sarah Drummond will be in Perth for the first session to discuss her latest book, The Sound.

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Robert Drewe returns for Heritage Festival

Robert Drewe will be giving the keynote address at the City of Fremantle's 2016 Heritage Festival. In this special sunset launch of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, Robert will demonstrate how truth, myth and story can sometimes make for the best of histories.

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New history celebrates forgotten female politician

Throughout the 1930s May Holman was a household name and an inspiration to the women of her generation. She made history in 1925 when, at age thirty-one, she became Australia’s first female Labor parliamentarian, holding the seat of Forrest until her untimely death on the eve of the 1939 elections. Thousands lined the streets for her funeral but now she’s largely forgotten. Author Lekkie Hopkins is changing that with a new book: The Magnificent Life of Miss May Holman.

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Alice Nelson set for Sydney

Award-winning Fremantle Press author Alice Nelson will be attending the NSW Writers’ Centre event Honouring: Randolph Stow on Saturday 29 August at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. The author of The Last Sky will discuss the influence the WA-born novelist and poet had on her writing.

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