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CEO Says

Hello and welcome to February 2018. It’s almost time for the Perth Writers Week. In addition to the fantastic program of events our authors are participating in, there are also two events for industry members which we are very proud to be a part of.

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I believe you can never have too many individuals or organisations championing the arts. Champions can be sponsors, patrons and financial partners, they can be audiences and customers or they can be advocates – people prepared to promote art in all its forms to their networks. In the past few weeks we have met and honoured some of the many literary champions of Western Australia.

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CEO heads to Melbourne International Film Festival

The Forum Theatre on Flinders Street is a beautiful old building, dimly lit like a wine bar but lacking in that cosy warmth when it's fiercely cold outside. It's also the venue for Books at MIFF – a day that brings together local publishers and producers from Australia, NZ, the UK and the USA for meetings and events.

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Fremantle Press and Magabala Books shared an exhibition stand at the 2017 Australian Booksellers Association Conference in Melbourne this June. Attended by over 300 industry professionals, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with booksellers from all regions of Australia and to present our new titles to them.

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Sydney Writers Festival was held on the last week of May and with it the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which I attended at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts to pitch our books to publishers from around the world. The VIP is an annual event and a great opportunity for local publishers who can’t always attend the international book fairs to have international agents and publishers come to us.

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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.

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair is almost here and we have just received good news – Pandamonia by Chris Owen and Chris Nixon has been chosen for inclusion in the Hello! from Australia Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition at the 2017 Fair.

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I’m just back from a busy two days in Melbourne attending the APA’s ‘Indies Forum’ and catching up with our Penguin Random House distributors. As a member of the APA’s Independent Publishers Committee I participated in the forum, which drew an audience of around 100, evenly split between independent booksellers and publishers. It was a great day, and we had some robust discussion around a number of issues that affect us equally.

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