Norman Jorgensen and Andy Griffiths have taken their places alongside Roald Dahl, Brian Jacques, Victor Kelleher, Paul Jennings, Duncan Ball and John Marsden in the West Australian Young Readers Book Awards (WAYRBA) Hall of Fame. Now in its fortieth year, the WAYRBA Hall of Fame is reserved for those authors who have won the award four times or more.
Anne-Louise Willoughby’s biography Nora Heysen: A Portraitcelebrates 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.
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.
Women of a Certain Age recounts the stories of 15 women who have struggled with identity and survival, all on their journey to becoming more certain of who they are and where they want to be. Below is an extract from ‘Everyday Sadness’ by international acclaimed author Liz Byrski, who knows exactly what it’s like to be a woman of a certain age.
The Workers’ Art Guild was a radical cultural and political force in Perth in the 1930s and 1940s. The Guild’s innovative approaches to theatre and art were praised by critics, but its left-wing politics, were denounced by many. This extract is from a new book by Dylan Hyde called Art Was Their Weapon.
Spoiler alert! Listening to this podcast will endow you with the ‘very mild superpower’* of being able to pick who the murderer is in on-screen crime dramas. In this episode, Holden Sheppard speaks to crime writer Dave Warner about his new book River of Salt and Dave spills the beans on his fool-proof method of how to know ‘whodunnit’.
In this episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast, Holden Sheppard speaks to Anne-Louise Willoughby about her biography of Australia’s first official female war artist and first female Archibald Prize winner, Nora Heysen: A Portrait.
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.
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.