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VALE: Alec Choate

Noted Western Australian poet Alec Choate passed away on 2 August. Alec’s first volume, Gifts Upon the Water, was published by Fremantle Press in 1978, one of the earliest titles in the West Coast Writing series promoted by the Press.

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DONATION: Cold comfort

Fremantle Press would like to thank Shelley and Colin Poklepovich of Fridge & Washer City in O’Connor for their kind donation of a better, much larger, fridge.

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NEWS: Let the pillaging begin

Award-winning author, Norman Jorgensen, and illustrator James Foley are exposing the pain and the triumph of creating and publishing a picture book on their new blog http://knutthelastviking.wordpress.com/ .

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NEWS: eBooks online

Fremantle Press eBooks are now available from www.fremantlepress.com.au . Jon Doust’s Miles Franklin long-listed book, Boy on a Wire, and best-selling young adult novel, Destroying Avalon, are just some of the novels available on the new eBooks webpage.

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POETRY MONTH INTERVIEW: John Mateer

Author of The West, John Mateer, says the question of this place, of being in Australia where American-style suburbs have grown out of British colonial settlements on land taken from Aboriginal peoples, profoundly shapes anything a poet can say.

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POETRY MONTH INTERVIEW: Caroline Caddy

Speaking from Shanghai, where she lives for part of each year, Burning Bright poet Caroline Caddy discusses the influence of China on her writing.
A lot of my poetry concerns China, and one of my collections, Working Temple, is all about China. I wrote that in the early 1990s, and now some of those pieces on Shanghai are almost historical documents, because things have changed so much.

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