We may all be physically apart right now, but we’re closer than ever online. We’ve loved seeing the innovative ways our community is coming together virtually to keep spirits up and ensure we are all still well read. We’ve put together a list of the latest ways to get involved with your local authors, booksellers or publishers.
Kelly Canby’s Art Classes
Each Wednesday, author and illustrator Kelly Canby is hosting an art class on Instagram with her son Will. The last two weeks have seen them make mini zines and tiny books and turn blobs into characters. To draw along with Kelly and Will, follow her on Instagram @kelly_canby.
Rabble Books and Games Community Books
We believe reading is essential for everyone, no matter your financial status, and the beautiful people at Rabble Books and Games not only agree with us, but they have put this belief into action by launching their Community Books program. This is a great initiative that allows people who are doing it tough to access free books. If this is you or someone you know, visit Rabble’s Community Books page on their website for more information. Want to support Community Books? You can purchase a book and donate it to the program through Rabble’s website or simply make a donation so they can purchase in-demand books.
The people behind LoveOzYA have launched OzAuthors Online, a digital platform for book launches and author events. Their aim is to connect readers to authors and booksellers, and their YouTube Live events are a great replacement for in-person book launches. We love their motto ‘Books are family, books are community’ and if you do too, check out their website for future events.
Paper Bird Books Home Club
The team at Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts have pulled together Home Club, an Instagram Live event where they invite an author or illustrator to chat books, stories and crazy ideas. There have been more than twenty creators on so far, including Fremantle Press authors James Foley, Kelly Canby, Kathryn Lefroy and Norman Jorgensen. Tune in each day on their Instagram @paperbird_books or catch up on their YouTube channel.
SCBWI Learning Resources
A talented bunch of Western Australian creators of children’s books have joined their creative forces together for the SCBWI Australia West Learning Resources. This library of online materials includes art lessons, illustration workshops, activity sheets, book readings and teaching guides. It’s regularly updated with new content and is suitable for all age groups, so if you are after some entertaining activities for the kids (or yourself – there’s no judgement) then check out their website.
New Fremantle Press Podcast episodes
We might not be able to host an event right now for you to listen to your favourite authors, but we can host a podcast! We’ve had Rebecca Higgie, the winner of last year’s Fogarty Literary Award for the soon-to-be released book The History of Mischief, locked away interviewing authors for our podcast, like children’s author-illustrators Kelly Canby, Tracey Gibbs and Katie Stewart, who busted the myth that writing a children’s book is child’s play, as well as Jon Doust, who talked to Rebecca about his new book, Return Ticket. Listen to the podcast and catch up on any episodes you might have missed on our website.
Love to Read Local
Love to Read Local have launched their new website, a home to celebrate Western Australian writers and books. There are great ideas on how to support WA writers and how to get involved in the literary community, as well as podcasts and radio interviews to listen to. To get involved, visit their website.
Stories from Home
This intimate online live storytelling event run by the Centre for Stories features a different author each week and invites audiences to listen and learn about a diverse range of people and their stories via Zoom. Fremantle Press author Holden Sheppard recently took part to share his experience of coming to terms with his identity and his romantic adventures while on a gap year in Europe. To take part in the event and support the Centre, purchase your ‘Choose What You Pay’ ticket from their website. Ticket prices start from $5.
We’d love to hear how you stay connected during this time and we’d love to stay connected with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to hear all about the goings-on at Fremantle Press.