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Read this and be smarter: The story of how artist Nora Heysen embraced her passion for painting to become Australia’s first official female war artist and winner of the Archibald Prize

Anne-Louise Willoughby’s biography Nora Heysen: A Portrait celebrates the life of a woman propelled by her drive to paint. Nora Heysen was in 1938 the first woman to win the Archibald, Australia’s national portrait prize, and continued to push boundaries to be appointed this country’s first female Official War Artist.

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Read this and be smarter: how poetry can educate and illuminate us on the tense relationship between humans and the Western Australian coastline

Caitlin Maling’s most recent poetry collection, Fish Song, is rich and diverse, exploring physical landscapes as well as historical and socio-cultural aspects of place. In these poems, she travels the coast of Western Australia, writing about what the ocean provides and questioning what poetry might offer by way of solace and reconnection in an age of climate change.

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Introducing the up-and-coming communications and book industry professionals behind the Fremantle Press podcast: Jess Gately

Jess Gately interviewed Susan Midalia about how to combine the elements of traditional romance with a strong political agenda. Jess is from Perth, and is a graduate of ECU, but she is currently studying a Master of Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin University. She is also one of the founding editors of the zine Underground Writers. This is her first podcast with Fremantle Press.

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Introducing the up-and-coming industry professionals behind the Fremantle Press podcast: Katie McAllister

Katie is no stranger to presenting on radio, so it was always a given that she would be the one to get the book about a washed-up radio presenter: Afternoons with Harvey Beam by Carrie Cox. Katie is a writer, reader and student from Perth who grew up in Albany and Denmark. Studying English and Indigenous Studies at UWA, she also coedits Pelican magazine. This is her first podcast for Fremantle Press.

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