Hello and welcome to May. This month I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2017 Round Table Conference on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. This enlightening event has underlined the importance of collaborating with both creators and readers to ensure our books are accessible to all.Read more
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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.'Read more
We are delighted to hear today that the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten has announced Labor’s policy not to support any attempt by the Government to repeal parallel importation rules (PIRs).Read more
What difference does it make if the characters in young adult novels swear? From time to time, publishers are contacted by parents or schools who are concerned by the appearance in YA fiction of (to quote an editor of T. S. Eliot) words ending in ‘uck’ or ‘ugger’.Read more
The Fremantle Press board is concerned by the recent federal government decision to remove $104.8 million from the Australia Council’s budget over the next four years and redirect it to a newly created fund, to be called the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts.Read more