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Whether at home or out and about, you'll find a plethora of bookish Fremantle Press author gigs to attend this month

As we race towards the end of the year, our authors are busy getting out and about to pack in any as many events as possible. This month you will be able to find our authors online and in person at library events, book launches and fundraising nights. Interested in booking an author for an event? Contact us today about booking a visit with a Fremantle Press author or join us for one of the events below.

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Fremantle Press calls for submissions to a new anthology of First Nations and Black speculative, visionary fiction for young adults

Co-curated with Djed Press and edited by Rafeif Ismail and Ellen van Neerven, Unlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary Blak+Black Fiction provides the chance for established and emerging First Nations writers and Black writers to share the stories they wish had existed when they were growing up. The project was announced on Saturday 20 June as part of the panel ‘Bla(c)k Speculative Fiction’ at the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s National Writers’ Conference.

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Rebecca Higgie, inaugural winner of the Fogarty Literary Award and author of The History of Mischief, shares with us her top tips for staying on track with writing and how being in a writing group got her published

In 2015, I was well and truly sick of my book. The History of Mischief had been lingering with me since 2006, and progress was slow. It was often left for months, only for me to return to it, tinker a bit, and then abandon it for another lengthy period of time. I needed something to keep me on track. I needed to be accountable to someone other than myself.

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In this very special episode of Love to Read Local Radio with Fremantle Press, Yuot A. Alaak shares his refugee experience and talks about the importance of sharing real and nuanced African stories with Rebecca Higgie

For Yuot A. Alaak, stories were a way of distracting himself from the fear of enemy attack, starvation and hardship, and to keep hope alive. In this episode, Yuot discusses his City of Fremantle Hungerford Award shortlisted memoir, Father of the Lost Boys, which tells the story of his family, especially his father, Mecak Ajang Alaak who, on a four-year journey, led 20,000 lost boys to safety during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

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Susan Midalia, Donna Mazza, Emily Paull and Bindy Pritchard talk turning points and the long and short of fiction writing on this week's episode of Love to Read Local Radio with Fremantle Press

What happens when you conference call with four talented Western Australian writers who are equally committed to short fiction as to long? Loads! Hosted by Susan Midalia, this episode of Love to Read Local Radio will give you a wonderful insight into where the urge to write comes from – those turning points in life which compel writers to put words on the page.

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