Benang by Kim Scott is the latest Fremantle Press Treasure. It was the first book by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award and, after nearly two decades, its continued relevance, its scope, language and largeness of spirit shows why it won our most prestigious prize, and why Scott went on to win it again.
Kim Scott says: ‘Telling Harley’s story felt very important at the time. I wanted to tentatively map a path of recovery from some of the damage of our shared history – the rationalisation of colonisation, the deaths and loss and the reductionist discourses about identity.'
Jay Martin is one of five shortlisted contenders for the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award to be announced at Fremantle Arts Centre on Wednesday 2 November. Here is an extract from her shortlisted manuscript called Learning Polish.
Fremantle Press, Better Reading and the Esplanade Rydges Hotel Fremantle are offering one lucky couple the chance to spend a deliciously bookish evening with author Liz Byrski. Brought to you as part of the Fremantle Press 40 Year Anniversary Celebrations and worth over $1,000, the prize includes three signed Liz Byrski books, and bed and breakfast in a Parkview room at the Esplanade Rydges Hotel Fremantle, as well as supper and inspiring conversation with one of Australia’s best-loved authors.
Congratulations to the five contenders for the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award. Catherine Gillard, Jay Martin, Jodie Tes, Tineke Van der Eecken and David Thomas Henry Wright are in the running for $12,000 in prize money and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.
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.
Before It Breaks by Dave Warner was today shortlisted for a 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. Run by the Australian Crime Writers Association, the award is this country’s oldest and most prestigious prize honouring crime writing. This was the second year in a row that Fremantle Press books have made the shortlist.
Crime writer Alan Carter was in Europe last month for a three-nation tour of France, Switzerland and Spain. He was promoting his novel Prime Cut, which has just been released in French and Spanish as Morceaux de Choix and Corte Perfecto respectively.