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Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2020


Fremantle Library has an expanded home delivery service and a new contactless drive-through option to return borrowed books to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

While Fremantle Library had to close in response to a mandated Federal Government direction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, staff were eager to keep library services functioning and expand other areas to members to help them stay connected.

When a lot of people engage in social isolation it is important for the community to have all the library services they need during these tough times.

To ensure people could still access library resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more, the City extended its housebound library delivery service to twice weekly drop-offs on Mondays and Thursdays to library members residing in the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle Local Government areas.

This service was previously provided to elderly or otherwise housebound people who were unable to visit the library, but now it’s been expanded to cater for any local library members staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus.

Since closing the Fremantle Library building on 23 March, they have made 135 home deliveries to East Fremantle and Fremantle residents and, overall, welcomed nearly 100 new members to Fremantle Library.”

From today, library members will also be able to return their borrowed items to the Fremantle Recycling Centre, where the library has set up a contactless drive-through drop off point.

Simply place items in a disposable plastic bag (provided onsite if you require one), enter the drive-through drop off point via Montreal Street and pop your bag of items into the marked crates.

From here, library staff will quarantine these items before processing them and getting them back into circulation

As always, members can explore Fremantle Library’s virtual shelves and have electronic access to books, magazines, the Fremantle and State Library Catalogue and educational online resources.

For all Fremantle Library queries, call 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 796) or email To join Fremantle Library, visit



Posted in BOOKS, cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2020


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There is a bit of optimism in Fremantle with more shops and hospitality outlets reopening.

The Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street has reopened for takeaway food and coffee, and the takeaway window at the National Hotel is no doubt the prettiest one in our port city.

The Bill Campbell second hand bookshop has also reopened, as have Bousfields and Warrens menswear, so go do some shopping in Freo and support our local traders!

Other shops have remained open all the way, so have a wander around Freo on the warm weekend and check them all out. I bought shoes in Market Street on the Easter weekend and have been a regular buying books at Elizabeth’s.

Roel Loopers



Posted in BOOKS, cafe, cars, city of fremantle, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020





Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, food, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 29, 2020



In my quest to capture the history of Fremantle I went for a walk, only my second one of the day, just after sunset to show what our port city looks on a Sunday night during the coronavirus crises, when pubs, bars and cafes are closed, and only a few open for take away food.

It was for me great to see two bookshops in town open after dark, because as an avid reader it would really worry me to have to live through the next six or more months of social isolation without being able to get hold of more books.

It is quite eerie through walk through Freo on a night that is normally so vibrant, but I actually also liked it. There is something very peaceful, and somehow reassuring, to see that we can live without all that entertainment and hype. Life goes on. Adapt!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2020


In a further response to the COVID-19 situation, City of Fremantle will be operating a modified library service from Monday 23 March.

All library spaces will be closed to the public, but people will still be able to loan books and other items at the Customer Service desk at the City’s administration building at Fremantle Oval.

Customers will be able to browse the City of Fremantle’s library collection and reserve items online, and then collect them from the Customer Service desk.

Library staff will also be available at the Customer Service desk to assist people with local item requests, borrowing and membership services.

City of Fremantle Customer Service hours are Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.

Items available through the library include adult, young adult and children’s books, graphic novels, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and magazines.

All current loans will be extended until 30 June 2020, and the loan limit will be raised to 40 items per member.


Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, health, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2020

It looks like there is going to be a period of fewer things to do and go to, so for those who want to sit down and read a book, but can’t afford rather costly new books there are a few options in Fremantle to buy cheap second hand books.

There is that very lovely second hand bookshop in High Street in the West End. I walk by it many times a day and still don’t know the name of it, and Elizabeth’s in South Tce and Queen Victoria Street.

But I have also found many amazing books in very good condition at the Save the Children shop in the Woolstores for just $ 4.00, and books in lesser condition at the St Pat’s store in High Street for less than a dollar.

And becoming a member of the City of Fremantle library is also a good way of keeping in touch with the latest literature without having to rob a bank.

Contemplation is very good for every individual, so when we have to stay away from big events and change our daily routine, we can make a positive out of it and do some navel gazing and re-prioritise our life.

There is no need for despair or panic. Challenges have been thrown at us as long as humans have lived, so we’ll get through it with compassion, consideration and a clear head. When leadership is missing we need to find strength in ourselves and our communities and share and care.

Have a great weekend, Freo. This is one of the best places to sit the Covid-19 out.

Roel Loopers


Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on February 3, 2020




Submissions for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, Western Australia’s longest running and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript, opened today.

Unpublished authors are encouraged to get their manuscripts ready for a chance to win a publishing contract with Fremantle Press and a $15,000 cash prize from City of Fremantle in the 30th anniversary of the Hungerford Award.

Fremantle Press publisher and Hungerford judge Georgia Richter said the award had a track record for launching writing careers over its 30 years.

“From acclaimed authors like Brenda Walker and Gail Jones to Madelaine Dickie and Natasha Lester, the Hungerford has consistently identified talented writers and nurtured them in the early stages of development,” Ms Richter said.

“The award’s most recent winner, Holden Sheppard, is no exception. Since Invisible Boys won in 2018, it has gone on to take out the lucrative Kathleen Mitchell Award, been shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for an Indie Book Award.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said announcing the winner at Fremantle Arts Centre in the award’s 30th anniversary year would be extra-special.

The City of Fremantle Hungerford Award is a biennial award that is an integral part of Fremantle Press’ mission to find and publish new and emerging Western Australian authors – a commitment to local writers that hasn’t wavered in the Press’s 43-year history.

The only Western Australian award to be judged anonymously, the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award is given for a full-length manuscript of fiction or creative non-fiction by a Western Australian author previously unpublished in book form.

Past recipients of the award are Brenda Walker, Gail Jones, Simone Lazaroo, Bruce Russell, Christopher Murray, Nathan Hobby, Donna Mazza, Alice Nelson, Natasha Lester, Jacqueline Wright, Robert Edeson, Madelaine Dickie, Jay Martin and Holden Sheppard.

The inaugural winner, Brenda Walker, is on this year’s judging panel and will choose the longlist alongside Perth Festival’s Sisonke Msimang and teacher and writer Richard Rossiter.

Entry forms and full terms and conditions are available from Fremantle Library from the Fremantle Press submittable page.

Entries close at midnight WST on Friday 20 March 2020. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at Fremantle Arts Centre in October.





Posted in art, BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2019




There is an exhibition of wonderful paintings by Shaun Tan at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The works are the original paintings for Tan’s most recent book Tales from the Inner City, which tells the story about the relationship between humans and animals.

There is also another good show Western Current with works by local artists which is well worth seeing.

I could not at all connect with the third show Preppers, which is about people all over the world preparing for the end of civilisation.  If I believed civilisation is about to end I’d order two cases of Grange Hermitage and drink myself into oblivion. ;>)

Roel Loopers



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




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.

Roel Loopers




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!

Roel Loopers


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