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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

IS HERALD GRANT REFUSAL WORTH FRONT PAGE ?

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 11, 2019

 

I am not sure why Andrew Smith, the owner, publisher and editor of the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice, believes the fact that his company did not get a Federal Government grant is worth a large comment on the entire front page of today’s Chook. Is it really THAT important to the readers of the Herald and the Freo community? I doubt it.

Rumours that Smith will now publish front page comments by any Fremantle individual and company that did not receive the grants they applied for are malicious nonsense of course. ; >)

But far more important to me is the fact that Andrew Smith “had sought funding to train ‘citizen’ journalists for online publishing” So-called citizen journalism is basically amateurs doing the work for free for which professional journalists should get paid, so does that really deserve a government grant, I wonder?

Journalists are being sacked in droves by the big media companies, which are all stream lining their operations, hence there is very little difference in the reporting of the West Australian, Sunday Times, Perth Now and Channel 7, all owned by the same owner, where journos are sharing the same newsroom, and the same articles and photos are shared and published in all of the publication on-line and in print.

But to put Andrew Smith’s lament in perspective though, from 186 applicants across Australia for the new innovation fund grant, not one from WA received one, so that is indeed a worry as it feels far too much like election pork barreling.

Roel Loopers

FOGARTY LITERARY AWARD FOR YOUNG WRITERS

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on December 5, 2018

 

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This important message for young creative writers from FREMANTLE PRESS:

We are very pleased to announce that The Fogarty Foundation will partner with Fremantle Press to provide a significant new award for young writers. The Fogarty Literary Award will be a biennial prize awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction.

The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press

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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.

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