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STORIES OF NYUNGAR DANCING PERFORMANCE

 

Nyungar dancing

 

I have been reading the fascinating Dancing in Shadows book about Histories of Nyungar performance by historian Anna Haebich and recommend it to anyone interested in the history of our local Wadjuk Nyungar, and all the indigenous people of Australia.

The book published by UWA was gifted to me by my generous mate Paolo Gumina and I can’t thank him enough! I have already learned so many new things about WA’s Nyungar history in the first 100 pages.

The book is about corroborees  and dancing and The power of Indigenous performance pitted against the forces of settler colonisation and is a fantastic read.

One important fact I learned is that with 40,000 people our WA Nyungars are the largest Aboriginal group/tribe/nation in Australia.

The book launch was held at the New Edition bookshop in Fremantle’s High Street, so they will have copies for you to purchase. Go and get one today!

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LEIGH STRAW BOOK LAUNCH AT NATIONAL HOTEL

Posted in book, city of fremantle, history, notre dame university, reading, Uncategorized, women by freoview on March 15, 2018

 

Book launch Leigh Straw

 

Fremantle Notre Dame University lecturer Leigh Straw has published another non-fiction book Lillian Armfield. It will be launched on Tuesday March 27 at 6pm at the National Hotel.

Lillian Armfield was the first female police officer in Sydney in a time were gender equality was not exactly the priority of the day, so the book will reveal her achievements and struggles.

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NEW TIM WINTON NOVEL OUT SOON!

Posted in book, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

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One of Fremantle’s most loved authors Tim Winton‘s latest novel The Shepherd’s Hut is due for release in March so make sure to buy a copy.

Alan, the owner of Freo’s New Edition bookshop has reviewed it on their website and writes that the novel is brutal and lyrical and that he loved it. “A thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning,….”

Go order your copy at New Edition, corner High and Henry streets in our gorgeous West End!

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POPULAR FREMANTLE CITY LIBRARY

Posted in book, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle library is a very popular place, not only with Fremantle residents but also for those living in nearby councils.

From July to September this year the library had 60,707 visits. 46,060 of them were in-person while 14,547 were virtual.

The library loaned 47,851 items, of which 73% were reads, 16% watch and 11% listen.

Reading material loaned were 31% adult and 28% children, others were magazines, etc.

The library had 8,062 computer uses in the three months, and 8,513 wifi sessions. It assisted in 4,108 enquiries.

Pretty impressive figures, so well done to all the dedicated staff at Freo City library!

 

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RAINBOW FLAMINGO BOOK LAUNCH AT PAPERBIRD

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

Rainbow

 

It’s going to be a very RAINBOW Saturday in Fremantle this weekend, with the launch of the children’s book Flame the Rainbow Flamingo at the Paperbird bookshop in Henry Street.

The book was written by Denise Heydon and illustrated by Jane Gates.

It’s on at 10.00am on the 9th September. 

After that wander over to Pioneer Park for the Rainbow Concert in support of marriage equality, that starts at 1pm.

Plenty of time in between to have coffee and breakfast at one of Freo’s lovely West End cafes!

 

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A STRANGE FREO PLACE FOR GOOD BOOKS

Posted in book, fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

 

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The beautiful STRANGE COMPANY bar in Fremantle’s Nairn Street is on Monday launching Strange Editions, a book club for those who like reading and having a chat about books while enjoying nice food and drinks in a great atmosphere.

Go check it out and share your stories!

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JAY MARTIN WINS TAG HUNGERFORD AWARD

Posted in book, city of fremantle, reading, western australia, writing by freoview on November 2, 2016

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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!

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LEIGH STRAW’S CRIME MADAM BOOK LAUNCH AT ORIENT

Posted in book, crime, fremantle, reading, western australia, writing by freoview on August 2, 2016

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Fremantle author and Notre Dame University lecturer Leigh Straw is launching her latest book at the Orient Hotel today at 6.30. The Worst Woman in Sydney: The life and crimes of Kate Leigh is a fascinating book about one of Sydney’s leading crime figures in the 1900s.

Kate Leigh was only 155 cm tall but a larger than life figure feared by many. Sydney newspapers would write about her often as she was involved in prostitution, drugs, sly grog etc. Hence she was considered by police as the worst woman in Sydney.

There is also a Fremantle connection in the Kate Leigh story as she married Fremantle criminal Shiner Ryan in 1950, but because neither of them were willing to move to another state the marriage only lasted six months.

Come and listen to Leigh Straw tonight when she tells more about her book. I hope her crime fiction books will also be available at the event organised by New Edition bookshop as one of them plays out in Fremantle with murders all over the West End.

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SERIAL KILLER IN FREMANTLE BOOK

Posted in book, fremantle, reading, writing by freoview on July 14, 2015

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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.

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THE ART OF FREMANTLE CRIME

Posted in art, book, fremantle by freoview on March 23, 2015

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Fremantle artist Nellie Crawford has created a painting that incorporates the books of her favourite crime writer Alan Carter.

Fremantle resident Carter, who can often been seeing doing laps at the Leisure Centre, has just published his third book Bad Seed through Fremantle Press, after his previous books Getting Warmer and Prime Cut became a success.

Alan Carter was born in the UK and migrated to Australia in 1991 and works as a TV documentary director.

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