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Perhaps you're a lover of literature or just love book chat of any kind; perhaps you're an aspiring author or illustrator; or perhaps you're someone who hopes one day to work in publishing. If you fit any of these descriptions, this is one podcast you may want to subscribe to. In 2020 we'll be sharing our love of books and publishing throughout the year, starting with podcast episodes direct from The Business of Being a Writer at Perth Festival's Literature and Ideas Weekend. Our exciting ne ...
 
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We’re celebrating 30 years of the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award this year by bringing together Jay Martin, author of Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland, and Julie Sprigg, author of Small Steps: A Physio in Ethiopia. Jay won the Award in 2016 and Julie was shortlisted for it in 2018. Speaking about her debut book, …
 
In this podcast, recorded at The Business of Being a Writer seminar, Fremantle Press publisher Cate Sutherland delves into the world of self-publishing with authors Wendy Binks and Annabel Smith, and IngramSpark senior manager Debbie Lee. They address the stigma attached to self-publishing, and give pointers on things to consider before undetaking …
 
Dianne Wolfer and Elaine Forrestal are both well-loved and well-established writers who have published a shelfload of historical children’s fiction between them. Settle in for a great podcast as the pair go in-depth on their writing process, and share tips on how to research and write historical fiction. Dianne says that although there are many sto…
 
Recorded at Perth Festival’s Literature and Ideas Weekend, this podcast is a live recording of the seminar ‘A Day in the Life of Bestselling Authors and Booksellers’, hosted by Holden Sheppard, with guests Natasha Lester, Michael Earp, Allyce Cameron and Aisling Lawless. First, grunge meets high fashion as bestselling City of Fremantle Hungerford a…
 
A.J. Betts had the idea for Hive eight years before she commenced writing it and 13 years before it was released. In between, she published three books, won an Emmy Award and did a PhD in the topic of wonder. A.J. said the idea for Hive came to her while she was on the Graham Farmer Freeway in Perth: ‘The traffic was really slow and I noticed the d…
 
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…
 
It has been an amazing two months of Love to Read Local Radio, and today’s episode is no different. We’ve brought together Madelaine Dickie (Red Can Origami), Helen Milroy (Backyard Birds) and Brenton E. McKenna (Ubby’s Underdogs Series) to discuss why they love to tell stories. Helen says she’s always loved storytelling and would write in transit …
 
What do you get when you put two criminal masterminds together? David Whish-Wilson and Pol Koutsakis talking books! In this fascinating episode, the pair discuss the hero – or antihero – in Pol’s two books, Athenian Blues and Baby Blue. Stratos Gazis, an ‘ethical hitman’, has a moral code that controls his choices and leads to intrigue. David’s PI …
 
In this fascinating podcast, poet and academic Bron Bateman interviews fellow poets Caitlin Maling and Reneé Pettitt-Schipp about the unexpected parallels between their recent collections, which are both tied to their fathers and to the ocean. Reneé’s debut collection, The Sky Runs Right Through Us, won the WA Premier's Book Award for an Emerging W…
 
Sara Foster and Alexander Thorpe have never met, but this podcast feels like the meeting of kindred spirits. From the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey to the police procedurals of Val McDermid and the atmospheric psychological thrillers of Nicci French, their discussion of their favourite books is a masterclass in internationa…
 
Lots of people want to write picture books. Fremantle Press receives almost 600 picture book submissions a year, and we only publish up to five. In this episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast, Rebecca Higgie takes you into the studios of creators Kelly Canby, Tracey Gibbs and Katie Stewart to talk about how picture books are made. From the first id…
 
Just days before COVID-19 sent us all home, Josephine Taylor and Catherine Noske jumped into the studio with Fremantle Press for an episode of Love To Read Local Radio. The two friends are best known in Western Australia’s literary community as editors of the journal Westerly and as academics and mentors, but this episode provided an opportunity to…
 
In this special Love to Read Local edition of the Fremantle Press podcast, novelist, journalist and Fogarty Literary Award shortlister, Emma Young, interviews her writing mentor Laurie Steed as well as her writing mentor’s mentor, Susan Midalia. Sound complicated? It’s not, it’s awesome. The podcast highlights the supportive network of Western Aust…
 
Our Business of Being a Writer seminar, which involved 300 new and emerging authors gathering in a room without air conditioning, feels like two lifetimes ago. Craig Silvey dubbed it the ‘sauna of knowledge’ and, in this mid-pandemic world, the idea of running another feels frankly illicit. We can, however, bring you the broadcast version online. T…
 
Jon Doust's debut book for adults, Boy on a Wire, was Publisher Georgia Richter's first editorial job for Fremantle Press. In this episode, Georgia and Jon talk to host Rebecca Higgie about the crucial elements of the editor–author relationship, the foremost being trust, another being laughter. They celebrate the release of the third book in Jon's …
 
Madelaine Dickie’s gripping new novel Red Can Origami explores the tensions between a Japanese uranium mining company and a Native Title group in regional Western Australia. In this episode of the Fremantle Press podcast, she explains how the Kimberley people and landscape inspired the story, why she chose to write it in the second person and the o…
 
In this packed episode HM Waugh and Rebecca Higgie discuss The Lost Stone of SkyCity. Waugh shares her top tips on world building and takes us through how NaNoWriMo helped her get her manuscript down on paper. She discusses her latest read, the 'pants wettingly' hilarious Toffle Towers by Tim Harris and James Foley and shows off just how much she k…
 
David Whish-Wilson says seeing the rise of populism and nationalist right-wing movements around the world made him want to reflect on Australia's long history of nationalist movements. 'I hadn't seen anyone else writing about Perth's late-80s Neo-Nazi scene ... I've spoken to many Asian Australians over the years and they often talk about that as a…
 
Fogarty Literary Award winner Rebecca Higgie joins Holden Sheppard at the mic for this month’s episode of the Fremantle Press podcast. Holden talks about his gritty debut YA novel Invisible Boys, which won the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. He explains how men play a part in shaping the concept of masculinity, touches on the importance of…
 
Out of Time by Steve Hawke is a powerful, sometimes confronting novel and an exploration of aging and what a diagnosis, or a feared or impending diagnosis, can lead to in both the life of the sufferer and also their family and friends. In this podcast Holden Sheppard talks to the author about the many issues a diagnosis of Alzheimer's raises includ…
 
From the death of old growth trees at Beeliar Wetlands to securing the seeds of potential trees at Kings Park, Nandi Chinna’s work holds both anticipatory grief and hope for future. In this episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast, she speaks to Holden Sheppard about her very special brand of peripatetic creativity which has led to the launch of her …
 
In this episode of the Fremantle Press podcast poet Caitlin Maling chats to Holden Sheppard about her new collection Fish Song – which celebrates the beautiful coastline of Western Australia and the people and creatures that live on it. Caitlin says writing poetry is a fundamentally positive act that can help you come to terms with the precarious n…
 
Michael Burrows is an author and poet from Perth. Here, he reads from his first novel, Where the Line Breaks, which was inspired by an Anzac Day experience in Gallipoli, the search for Australian war poetry and his love for Western Australia. It's in the running to win the Fogarty Literary Award. Copyright Michael Burrows.…
 
With the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award announcement looming, we thought it’d be a good idea to bring in one of our shortlisted authors, Emma Young, for a chat about her manuscript The Last Bookshop. In the podcast, Emma talks to Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller about the inspiration behind her story and in particular the character o…
 
The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award and Western Australian author Rebecca Higgie is on the list. In this podcast she chats to Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller about her manuscript The History of Mischief and what it took to create the story. This includes but is not limited to the concept of how we…
 
The only Freo resident to make the Fogarty Literary Award, Mel Hall, came in to talk to Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller about her manuscript The Shapes. In this podcast, Mel discusses the successive events that happened to her to inspire her novel, and how a therapeutic swim in the pool sparked the idea for a fictional healing mo…
 
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’. Dave’s superpower is his ability to juggle many projects at once. Dave first came to prominence with his band Dave Warner from the Suburbs and his song writing is just on…
 
We know you all love to write, but writing a book isn’t the only way you can follow your passion. In our latest podcast, recorded live at the Business of Being a Writer event at Perth Festival Writers Week, Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser was joined by award-winning screen director Alison James, Black Swan State Theatre Company Literary Director Po…
 
Here, Anne-Louise talks about why Nora’s paintings of WWII are some of the most significant in Australian art history, how contentious her Archibald win was, and the enduring but competitive relationship she had with her landscape-painter father Hans Heysen. Anne-Louise is also a creative writing teacher at the University of Western Australia and H…
 
Get insider tips on how to build your author profile. Fremantle Press Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller is joined by Hancock Creative social media mentor Lisa Shearon, Small Press Network General Manager Tim Coronel and award-winning children's book creator James Foley. In this panel they talk about how writers can prepare for medi…
 
A must-listen episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast for all authors: whether just starting out, emerging or established. Recorded live at The Business of Being a Writer event at Perth Festival Writers Week, Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter gets insider tips on applying for grants, funding residencies and entering awards from a panel of ex…
 
Set in the Gold Rush era, The Coves pulls no punches depicting those brutal times with uncompromising accuracy. Jessica Gately chats to David Whish-Wilson about his inspiration for the book and together the pair delve into what was, until recently, a suppressed footnote in history.By Fremantle Press
 
Events marketing assistant Tiffany Ko speaks to Amanda Curtin about her new book Kathleen O'Connor of Paris. Amanda Curtin followed her subject to France, the UK and New Zealand in order to bring to light the significance of this mostly forgotten Western Australian female artist.By Fremantle Press
 
Marcella Polain talks to Holden Sheppard about Driving into the Sun, the book inspired by her childhood that took her ten years to write. Holden quizzes Marcella, who also works as a creative writing teacher at Edith Cowan University, about her top tips for aspiring writers embarking on their first books. Music: Letter to a Daughter of St George, f…
 
Steve Hawke talks about his new book The Valley. This stunning novel sweeps across four generations of one family, who have lived hidden away, deep in a secret valley in the Kimberley. When young Broome schoolboy Dancer visits his estranged relatives to escape an angry gang of bikies, he finds himself tangled in the enigma of his missing mother Mil…
 
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