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.
Como resident Rebecca Higgie won the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for her manuscript The History of Mischiefat a special ceremony at the ECU Spiegeltent on Wednesday 22 May 2019. Chosen from a field of 64 manuscripts by Western Australian writers aged 18 to 35, Higgie won a $20,000 cash prize from the Fogarty Foundation and secured a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.
Michael Burrows is an author and poet from Perth. Here, he reads from his first novel, Where the Line Breaks, and talks about how it was inspired by an Anzac Day experience in Gallipoli, the search for Australian war poetry and his love for Western Australia.
The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award and Western Australian author Rebecca Higgie is on the list. In this podcast she chats to Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller about her manuscript The History of Mischief and what it took to create the story.
Will Jacobs is a writer, engineer and Sydney Swans supporter from Perth. Here he talks about how his manuscript, Jeffrey, first started life as a song, and the important lessons he’s learned from storytelling.