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QUIET READING CONTEMPLATION AT THE FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2019

 

reading

 

Books are one of the great pleasures in my life. I love escaping where my mind does not turn to other thoughts, and only reading books does that for me.

So when I noticed this man quietly reading in the hustle of the Fremantle Arts Centre, just before the Sunday courtyard music session started, I could not resist to take a photo, because it reminded me of the many photos taken of me when I was a child sitting somewhere in a corner reading a book.

Reading books inspired me to travel. Reading books made me aware of other cultures and countries, and reading books gave me the confidence to leave home and move to Germany, and many years later migrate to Australia.

Reading books by so many different international writers made me believe that most people on earth are good people, and nothing I have experienced in the 70 years of my life has changed that belief.

Read! It’s good for you!

Roel Loopers

NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE’S FIRST HARBOURMASTER

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle port, harbour, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2019

 

Freo's first harbourmaster

 

I bumped into one of the grandsons of Fremantle’s first harbourmaster late yesterday afternoon in front of the Roundhouse, so I was surprised to hear that Ron and Ian Forsyth have published a book about this important man tittled A Hazardous Life.

Captain George Forsyth (1843-1894) lived in the harbourmaster’s house next to the Roundhouse jail and was an influential man in those days.

All those interested in Fremantle hsitory, or maritime history, should buy a copy of the book. It is available in the Fremantle Arts Centre shop, where on Friday an exhibition of paintings by Captain Forsyth will open.

Roel Loopers

BRILLIANT NEW CATALPA RESCUE BOOK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, convicts, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2019

 

Catalpa

 

I highly recommend the just released new book The Catalpa Rescue by famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

The very well written and easy to read book is about the historic escape from Fremantle Prison by Irish convicts, who took horse&cart to Rockingham where they boarded the whaling boat Catalpa that had been sent from the USA.

But the book is much more that only the escape, as it also explains The Rising, the rise of the Irish Brotherhood in Ireland and its USA equivalent the Fenian Brotherhood.

I love history and knew very little about the Irish uprising against the English and can’t wait to continue with the book, which I have only read the first 50 pages of so far. I am mesmerised already.

Go and buy it for $ 35.00 at New Edition in High Street! It is well worth it.

The story of the Fenians is also told at Fremantle Prison, so take the kids there!

Roel Loopers

NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE PRISON’S GREAT CATALPA ESCAPE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2019

 

Catalpa book

 

Famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons has written a new book and it is about the intriguing escape from Fremantle Prison by six Fenian prisoners in 1876.

The Catalpa Rescue tells the story of Fenians in the USA collecting money to buy the whaling boat Catalpa that then sailed to Rockingham to pick up the escapees. There is a great Wild Geese artwork on the Rockingham foreshore about it.

The book will be released on April 23, so make sure to get a copy as this is one of Freo’s great historic stories.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN THE HISTORIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, festival, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 23, 2019

 

moondyne-walk

 

Tomorrow Sunday 24 February from 7am to 7.30pm the Moondyne Walk takes place throughout the streets of Fremantle as part of the Fenians Festival.

This inaugural event is a public reading of the entire novel written by John Boyle O’Reilly about Western Australia. It was first published in Boston in 1878 as a serial in the Boston Post and later published as the novel Moondyne in 1880.

This is possibly the very first novel written about Western Australia and presents a penetrating view of colonial life, Aboriginal culture, and the power dynamics in operation at the time.

The entire book will be read in public over 12 hours at sixteen historic locations throughout Fremantle starting at 7.00am at the Fremantle Prison and finishing at 7.30pm during the Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach.

You can register your interest in hearing this amazing story at one or more of the following sixteen locations.

The closing event features a Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns of Kidogo Arthouse with Lucky Ocean, The Zydecats, Fiona Rea and Tommy O’Brien.

Roel Loopers

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HOLDEN SHEPPARD WINS TAG HUNGERFORD AWARD

 

Holden Sheppard

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt announced the winner of the $ 12,000 2018 TAG Hungerford Award at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday evening.

Perth-based Holden Sheppard, who is originally from Geraldton, won the prestigious award for his novel Invisible Boys, which also gives him a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Sheppard was shortlisted together with Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen, and came out the winner of the biennial writing prize.

His novel is about a group of gay men negotiating what it means to be gay, and the risks and issues of coming out with it in a small town.

Roel Loopers

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BOOK WEEK AT FREO LITERATURE CENTRE

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2018

 

August 22. Shaun Tan bookweek

 

The Literature Centre at the Old Fremantle Hospital is celebrating Book Week next week and will open its galleries to the public on Wednesday August 22 from 4-8pm.

There will be children’s and young adults books and  book art for sale as well.

The centre is near the corner of Hampton Road and Knutsford Street.

Roel Loopers

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CRADLE OF ALL WORLDS AUTHOR AT FREO PAPER BIRD

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2018

 

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Jeremy Lachlan, the author of The Cradle of all the Worlds will be at the Fremantle Paper Bird children’s bookshop in Henry Street this coming Friday August 10 from 4-5pm.

This is a great opportunity for kids and parents to meet the creator and get your book signed!

Roel Loopers

 

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BOOK LAUNCH AT SAGA BOOKSHOP

Posted in book, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2018

 

August 3

 

Award-winning Noongar author Kim Scott is launching the novel No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani at the SAGA bookshop, 203 South Terrace in South Fremantle, this  Friday August 3 at 6.30pm.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL CORRUPTION CLAIM

Posted in book, city of fremantle, crime, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

book launch

 

A book written and published by former Fremantle Greens Senator and former Fremantle Society president Dr Ian Alexander claims corruption at Fremantle and Perth councils.

The City of Sharks book is promoted as a novel, but the invitation to the launch reads: A novel about corruption and intrigue in the Cities of Perth and Fremantle. A novel which asks: will high-rise take over Fremantle or will the people’s campaign against it succeed?

The book launch is on July 11 from7-30-9pm upstairs at the National Hotel in Fremantle and discounted books for just $ 25 will be available.

I am sure the book will have a disclaimer that states it is only creative fiction writing, but it could still become a field day for lawyers. I can’t wait to read it.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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