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FREMANTLE LIBRARY 70TH

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle Library celebrates 70 years of operation in September with an exciting line-up of community events.

The Fremantle Free Lending Library was opened on 5 September 1949 by state librarian Dr James Sykes Battye. Located at 13 South Terrace Fremantle – the cappuccino strip building today occupied by Dome café – the library was on the first floor. Its shelves contained 5000 books and became the first wholly rate–supported public library in Western Australia.

The library had nearly 25,000 members and saw more than 130,000 people walk through the doors last financial year. More than 50,000 people visited the library online, and while books are still the library’s major stock in trade, over 20 per cent of our loans are for digital content.

The library also plays a critical role in supporting community learning and social engagement, and had more than 12,000 people participate in  events and programs last financial year.

Fremantle Library also provides a meeting space for social clubs and start-up businesses, access to the latest technology including 3D printers and robotics.

Kicking off the library’s 70th anniversary event program is Fremantle – A Page Turner, an author panel talk welcoming Alan Carter, Craig Silvey, Amanda Curtin and Leigh Straw to the stage.

It will be held on 4 September at Fremantle Arts Centre, audiences will have the opportunity to get to know these authors who are behind some of Australia’s inspiring works and see how Fremantle has, and continues to, inspire and support literature and the arts.

The Library is also partnering with Fremantle Arts Centre to deliver a book sculpture exhibition, from 19 September–10 November, which takes discarded library books and turns them into vivid pieces of art.

A second author talk on 13 September will see Australia’s funniest and best loved writer for young people Morris Gleitzman pack out Fremantle Town Hall. Audiences will hear Morris talk about his life from being a writer of feature films and live stage material to being the wonderful children’s author everyone knows and loves.

Closing out the celebrations is the big 70th birthday bash at Fremantle Library on 26 September where the whole community is invited. There’ll be music, entertainment, games and, of course, a birthday cake.

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FREO’S MAYOR’S SISTER WINS WA BOOK AWARD

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt must be very proud of his sister Renee Pettitt-Schipp who received the WA Premier’s Award for Emerging Writer for her book The sky runs through us, published by UWA Press.

Winner –  The Sky Runs Right Through Us by Renee Pettitt-Schipp​
Published by UWA Publishing (2018)

In this evocative, memorable collection of poems, Pettitt-Schipp writes of experiences that are both personal and political. Formally diverse, tough-minded but always accessible, the poetry addresses issues ranging from Australia’s contemporary treatment of asylum seekers to the poet’s coming to terms with her father’s decline and death, to her appreciation of the natural environments which in which the poetry is set.

Congratulations to Renee and to her proud brother and family!

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BOOKS, WINE AND FOOD AT STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2019

 

The STRANGE EDITIONS 3.0
A winter book club is back at Fremantle’s Strange Company bar.

The very popular winter book club returns for its third year with a series of celebrated local authors who will be joining to discuss their most recent novels.

All of the books will be available at the bar ahead of each session, and the Strange Company crew are more than happy to have a chat with you about them over a drink or two.

The book club is on the last Tuesday of each month (June – September) to discuss these exceptional books and enjoy some quality wine.

June 25: Anne-Louise Willoughby for ‘Nora Heysen: A Portrait’
Hosted by editor, publisher and critic Naama Grey-Smith

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30th July
Alice Nelson for ‘The Children’s House’
 Hosted by award-winning author and academic Brenda Walker.

27th August 
Marcella Polain for ‘Driving Into The Sun’
 Hosted by ABC Radio Perth’s Gillian O’Shaughnessy.

24th September 
Steve Hawke for ‘Out Of Time’
 Hosted by journalist, university lecturer and ABC Radio Perth presenter Glynn Greensmith

Please note, this is a free event, but RSVP is essential as places are limited.

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EAST FREO TO CONTINUE WITH FREMANTLE LIBRARY SUPPORT

 

There were some unhappy faces at Fremantle Council some months ago when the members became aware that the Town of East Fremantle was pulling out of its part of the library arrangement and would no longer contribute $ 150,000 toward the Fremantle Library.

So the announcement that East Fremantle Council has reconsidered and will continue to contribute to Fremantle’s library services will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of our Freo Councillors.

1985 East Fremantle residents are recorded as being members of the City of Fremantle Library and they also can apply for a residents parking permit, which gives them free street parking till 11am and after 3pm anywhere in the port city.

Well done East Fremantle Council for reconsidering and changing your mind!

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MISSCHIEF WINS FOGARTY LITERARY AWARD

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

The inaugural Fogerty Literary Award for authors between 18-35 years of age was awarded on Wednesday evening to Rebecca Higgie of Como for her manuscript The History of Misschief.

Higgie’s novel came out on top of the 64 manuscripts entered. She received a $ 20,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

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FOGARTY LITERARY AWARD SHORTLIST

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on May 14, 2019

 

The inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for authors between 18-35 years of age is on and three books have been shortlisted, with the winner to be announced next Wednesday.

The three outstanding books and authors are:

Where the line breaks by Michael Burrows

The history of mischief by Rebecca Higgie

The last bookstore by Emma Young

The award winner will receive a $ 20,000 cash prize plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. Good luck!

 

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REFLECTIONS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, BOOKS, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2019

 

car reflection

book reflection

 

On a stunning wonderful autumn day like today I had to go for a walk in the sun of course. It’s is so lovely that I felt embraced in a warm hug by Fremantle.

I took a few photos, so more to come, but these two reflections stood out. One on the side of a shiny car and the other the reflection of the New Edition bookshop in the window of the Second Hand bookshop opposite it.

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THE EPIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

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Sunday was a bit of an epic day for me following The Moondyne Walk as part of the Fremantle Fenians Festival. It celebrated the great escape 150 years ago by John Boyle O’Reilly from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where he and other escaped Fenians boarded the whaling ship Catalpa and sailed to Boston,USA.

Moondyne is probably the first novel ever written about Western Australia.

75 readers each read a part of the book in one of the 16 locations around Fremantle.

I started my day at 8 am the Fremantle Arts Centre and from there the Townhall, the moody Aardvark bar under the Norfolk Hotel, the Hougoumont hotel, B Shed, Maritime Museum, Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Roundhouse, Lionel Samson cellars and Kidogo Arthouse, where the festival finished with a concert with Lucky Oceans and many others, and where I finished my epic journey at 8pm.

What a fantastic way to celebrate Fremantle’s history with multicultural readers of the Moondyne book in some of our city’s great buildings.

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JOIN TODAY’S MOONDYNE WALK AROUND FREO

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

moondyne walk 1

 

The Moondyne Walk is under way and will be going all day around Fremantle, so all your lovers of history, Fenians, Irish, or prison break-outs, come and join the walk!

The event is part of this year’s Fremantle Fenians Festival where 75 volunteers read from the Moondyne book by John Boyle O’Reilly at 16 locations around Fremantle. See the map and times below!

150 years ago the big Catalpa escape was from Fremantle Prison when a group of Fenians fled to Rockingham, where they were picked up by the whaling boat Catalpa and sailed to Boston. It is a great story well worth reading up on!

I went at 8am to the Fremantle Arts Centre and will be going to a few different locations all day to take some more photos.

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HAPPY BIRDSDAY PAPER BIRD!

Posted in BOOKS, children, city of fremantle, reading, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2019

 

Happy Birdsday

 

Happy Birthday to the delightful PAPER BIRD Children’s Books &Arts!

It is the third birthday of the Fremantle Henry Street book shop, so if you have not discovered it yet, make sure to visit it soon.

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