Almost three decades ago, Brenda Walker was an aspiring writer who became the very first winner of the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Now this multi-award-winning writer and Emeritus Professor, who has recently been chair of the judging panel for the Stella Prize, is a member of the judging panel for the Award’s thirtieth anniversary year. Also new is Sisonke Msimang, South African writer and oral storyteller, while Richard Rossiter – writer, editor and seasoned judge of the Hungerford Award – and our own Fremantle Press publisher, Georgia Richter, will return for another round.
It seems like only yesterday we were congratulating Holden Sheppard for winning the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Now we’ve already had to reprint his wonderful debut novel Invisible Boys after stock flew off the shelves in the first week of release.
Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller has been dreaming of a Fremantle Press Commemorative Sausage ever since the company’s fortieth anniversary party in 2016. Now a local butcher has made her dream come true.
The Australia Council has presented Fremantle Press author Holden Sheppard with the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award for Australian writers under the age of 30. Holden’s novel Invisible Boys has had a dream run in the lead-up to its publication this October, first winning the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and then taking out the $12,000 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award in 2018.
Fremantle Press has snapped up not one but two more debut books from the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award shortlist. Julie Sprigg and Yuot A. Alaak join winner Holden Sheppard on the Fremantle Press publishing program with books scheduled for release in 2020.