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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 The Fogarty Literary Award will be a biennial prize awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction.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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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MORALLY ILLITERATE

 

Fremantle Councillors last night expressed their dismay about neighbours East Fremantle pulling out of the library services and stopping their $ 200,000 a year contribution to the Fremantle Library at the end of this financial year.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who sits on the joint Library Committee, said the members were gobsmacked when it was announced by the Town of East Fremantle, and when the two East Fremantle members of the committee simply no longer turned up to debate it.

“We were hoping East Fremantle Council would recognise it is morally wrong and change their mind”

Sullivan said it was not relevant how many East Fremantle people used Fremantle, Melville or Cockburn libraries. “In Fremantle we just celebrate that people are using the library and are not counting the numbers of which councils they come from” Sullivan said. “I won’t be as polite to them next time I see East Fremantle Councillors”

Councillors Doug Thompson and Bryn Jones pointed out that the Town of East Fremantle is one of the wealthiest councils in the metropolitan area and would be the only one that would not financially contribute to library services.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that after the last failed council amalgamation attempts she believed councils would work closer together, but instead the divide is getting wider. “No one from East Fremantle turned up at the last three Library Committees!”

The CEO confirmed that even if they stopped paying their contribution East Fremantle still could send two representatives to the Library Committee who would be allowed to vote. It would take Fremantle Council to change the local law to change that officially.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had the impression that the East Fremantle Mayor wanted to bring the issue back to his Council and reconsider their position.

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EAST FREMANTLE BURNS LIBRARY BRIDGE WITH FREMANTLE

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, east fremantle, history, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

The Town of East Fremantle will no longer contribute to the City of Fremantle library services after the end of this financial year 2018/19. It has also reduced the Town’s contribution this year by $ 50,000 to $ 150,000.

East Fremantle Council decided in May this year that there was no longer benefit for them to continue with the arrangement as allegedly more East Fremantle residents use the Melville library than the Fremantle one.

The contribution by East Fremantle presents just over 10 per cent of the City of Fremantle’s library budget so it will have an impact on the library services.

The cancelation of the arrangement, which was introduced in 1995 between East Fremantle, Fremantle, and the Library Board of WA, will also have an impact on the delivery of local history services, with the City of Fremantle considering to introduce a fee for service proposal.

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POP UP ALFRESCO FREO LIBRARY

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

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Out of the blue an alfresco library appeared in Fremantle on Tuesday morning in High Street, not far from the police station.

Someone left all these books on the steps, presumably so that those who love to read take one or two, or swap them for some of their own.

It is a lovely and generous idea that hopefully will not be abused by some greedy people.

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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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SIX WRITERS SHORTLISTED FOR FREO HUNGERFORD AWARD

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on September 21, 2018

 

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Six Western Australian writers have been shortlisted for this year’s $ 12,000 TAG Hungerford Award, which is sponsored by the City of Fremantle.

The selected authors are: Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Alan Fyfe, Holden Sheppard, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen.

The winner will be announced on November 15 at the Fremantle Arts Centre and receive $12,000 from the City of Fremantle plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

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BOOK WEEK AT FREO LITERATURE CENTRE

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2018

 

August 22. Shaun Tan bookweek

 

The Literature Centre at the Old Fremantle Hospital is celebrating Book Week next week and will open its galleries to the public on Wednesday August 22 from 4-8pm.

There will be children’s and young adults books and  book art for sale as well.

The centre is near the corner of Hampton Road and Knutsford Street.

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CRADLE OF ALL WORLDS AUTHOR AT FREO PAPER BIRD

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2018

 

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Jeremy Lachlan, the author of The Cradle of all the Worlds will be at the Fremantle Paper Bird children’s bookshop in Henry Street this coming Friday August 10 from 4-5pm.

This is a great opportunity for kids and parents to meet the creator and get your book signed!

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BOOKS AND WINE A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2018

 

The book club at my favourite Fremantle small bar STRANGE COMPANY is back and starting this evening

Back for its second year, Strange Editions is a winter book club at Strange Company on the last Tuesday of each month. A local author will sit down to discuss their most recent book over a nice glass of wine or two.

This year’s line-up is:

26 June                      Susan Midalia: The Art of Persuasion
31 July                       Bill Lawrie & Claire Moodie: Freo Groove
28 August                  AJ Betts: Hive
25 September          Carrie Cox: Afternoons with Harvey Beam

The series will be hosted by The West Australian arts writer and Perth Festival Writers’ Week curator William Yeoman and ABC Radio Perth presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy. A special thanks to Rosily Vineyard and New Edition bookshop for their support of the event.

Strange Editions is a free event; however, places are limited, and RSVP is essential. To find out more visit the Strange Company Facebook page or pop in at the bar.

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A LOOK AT THE NEW FREMANTLE LIBRARY

 

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The City of Fremantle has released images of what the new library in the new civic centre at the Townhall will look like.

If al goes to plan the civic centre will open late next year when the entire Kings Square Project should be completed.

The Kerry Hill architects design will bring some class to Freo’s city centre.

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