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A BOOK A DAY TAKES STRESS AWAY

Posted in children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

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It is going to be a warm 33 degrees in Fremantle today, so while many will be watching that horse race that stops the nation, Loopy and the more refined ones(smiley!) will stay at home and read a good book.

If you haven’t discovered the Paper Bird children’s bookshop in Henry Street, Fremantle, take your kids there on the weekend!

 

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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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FREO CHILDREN’S PLAY AND READING

Posted in BOOKS, children, family, fremantle, reading by freoview on February 2, 2017

 

The well-established Moore&Moore cafe and the one-year-old Paper Bird children’s book shop in Fremantle’s Henry Street have combined their talents to create a Nature Play area in the courtyard of the gorgeous heritage Moores building.

The courtyard of the M&MN has always been very Freo and cosy but by linking it with the courtyard of the lovely bookshop is has become even more special, so parents check it out. Nice to have a safe playground away from traffic in the old inner city.

Very good to hear also that the sales of children’s books has increased by 15 per cent in the last year. I have always been an avid reader and love it when children read instead of sitting in front of the TV, X Box or the computer.

Reading inspired me to travel, made me aware of other cultures and gave me a great escape while increasing my common knowledge. It also made me interested in languages and writing. I wrote my very first poem the day John F Kennedy was shot.

Roel Loopers

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!

Roel Loopers

CREATING CHAOS AT FREMANTLE LIBRARY

Posted in city of fremantle, comics, reading by freoview on October 14, 2016

 

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Fremantle City Library, Quality Comics and Chaos Pop present “Create Chaos”.

Create Chaos will see aspiring and emerging comic creators and artists from across the state exhibiting their work at the Fremantle Library on Saturday October 15. There will be over 30 stalls located inside and outside the library with free discussion panels, workshops and live demonstrations.

The pop culture craze is bigger than ever and as the popularity of comic books, video games and manga continues to rise. WA is overflowing with individuals creating their own original work, hoping to make a name for themselves and share their work with others.

From caped crusaders and hideous monsters to surreal fantasy and misanthropic meditations on life, you’ll be amazed at what the comic book medium is capable of and the quality of work produced by these home-grown talents.

Create Chaos seeks to support local creators, and engage them with the community and inspire others to begin their own creative and artistic journey.

TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS INSIDE LIBRARY
12.30pm – 12.50pm: Christopher Markle
1.00pm – 1.30pm: Question Time with Sarah Winifred Searle
1.45pm – 2.30pm: Digital Painting with Edi Udo
2.40pm – 3.00pm: Self Publishing & Promotion with MMM
3.10pm – 3.50pm: run copic, watercolour and inking tutorials

LIST OF EXHIBITORS
– Edi Udo
– Lucas Bowers
– Molly Sinclair
– Christopher Markle
– Curtin Illustration Club
– John Holdcroft
– Mysteria Maxima Media
– Hien Pham
– Michelle Naumovski
– Shane Cartlidge
– Miles Hanson
– Corrina Mcbeath
– Sophia Gilet A.K.A Edwina Flowers
and more tba

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

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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FREMANTLE STREET PHOTOS

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A couple of Fremantle ‘street photos’ I took today. I have always admired old photographers like Cartier Bresson, who took so many great candid shots of their cities, so here’s my meagre contribution.

The billboard one reminds me a bit of a Jeffrey Smart painting, but that might be a bit pretentious off me. Just put that down as coming from an arrogant Dutchman then. ; > )

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