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QUIET READING CONTEMPLATION AT THE FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2019

 

reading

 

Books are one of the great pleasures in my life. I love escaping where my mind does not turn to other thoughts, and only reading books does that for me.

So when I noticed this man quietly reading in the hustle of the Fremantle Arts Centre, just before the Sunday courtyard music session started, I could not resist to take a photo, because it reminded me of the many photos taken of me when I was a child sitting somewhere in a corner reading a book.

Reading books inspired me to travel. Reading books made me aware of other cultures and countries, and reading books gave me the confidence to leave home and move to Germany, and many years later migrate to Australia.

Reading books by so many different international writers made me believe that most people on earth are good people, and nothing I have experienced in the 70 years of my life has changed that belief.

Read! It’s good for you!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE LIBRARY 70TH

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

 

Library

 

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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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!

 

Roel Loopers

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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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.

Roel Loopers

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