Hundreds of people turned up at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Wednesday evening for the announcement of the winner of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for unpublished manuscripts, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fremantle Press.
The Hungerford Award is WA’s longest running and most prestigious award for unpublished work and today’s winner was Jay Martin for her work Learning Polish.
Five authors were shortlisted, four women and one man, and although the judging is anonymous all five came from the Fremantle area.
Fremantle Press started as the Fremantle Arts Centre Press so today’s celebrations were just in the perfect location.
Reading has been one of the great pleasures of my life from childhood on and inspired me to travel and explore cultures I knew very little about. Go buy a book tomorrow!
It’s not often we see a crime novel published that is set in Fremantle, so I was of course interested to find out about LIMESTONE by Leigh Straw. The story starts in Bar Orient in High Street and a murder in Mouat Street that turns out to be the third murder on women and the work of a possible serial killer. I won’t tell you more. Go buy the book!
Dr Leigh Straw is a lecturer at Notre Dame University in Australian history and Aboriginal studies and the book cover is the Round House. The book reads well and there is a sense of belonging reading about all the local places, even when finding dead bodies of women in our town is not very uplifting. But it’s fiction and Freo is a relatively safe place still.