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A purple podcast with Lucy Dougan

Purple Prose contributor Lucy Dougan is a widely published poet. Her books include White Clay and Meanderthals and The Guardians; and her prizes include the Mary Gilmore Award and the Alec Bolton Award. She works for the Westerly Centre at UWA and is poetry editor for the journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

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Reflections on representation, illustration and diversity from an Indigenous perspective

Representation matters, including in picture book illustrations. Perhaps especially in illustrations, because children are fluent in the language of art in a way that most adults are not. There is no aspect of an illustration that escapes the attention of a child, and this means that to create art for children is to speak to an audience more attuned to the nuances of representation than yourself. This is one of the reasons why the misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in illustration – or the misrepresentation of other diverse peoples, for that matter – should never be dismissed as being ‘only a picture book’.

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$12,000 writing prize up for grabs

Submissions for the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award are open. Western Australia’s longest running and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript offers a cash prize of $12,000 from the City of Fremantle and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

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CEO Says

Hello and happy new year! I’m sure that, like me, you’ve already forgotten the holidays and are back at the coalface. In 2016 Fremantle Press will be celebrating middle age. Yes, folks, we’re turning 40.

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Fremantle Press at Perth Writers Festival 2016

The 2016 PIAF Perth Writers Festival is almost at our doorstep and we are counting down the days! Running on 18–21 February, the festival celebrates the world of literature and the creative talents of writers and artists. The program offers a smorgasbord of workshops, seminars, panel discussions, family activities and free events. The festival is also a wonderful opportunity for you to meet Fremantle Press authors, whose books will be available at the festival bookshop.

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