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FREMANTLE HUNGERFORD AWARD FOR UNPUBLISHED BOOK

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

 

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for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, Western Australia’s longest running and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript, opened today.

Unpublished authors are encouraged to get their manuscripts ready for a chance to win a publishing contract with Fremantle Press and a $15,000 cash prize from City of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is given for a full-length manuscript of fiction or creative non-fiction by a Western Australian author previously unpublished in book form.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.

 

 

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FREO’S MAYOR’S SISTER WINS WA BOOK AWARD

 

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!

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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!

 

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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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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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NEW TIM WINTON NOVEL OUT SOON!

Posted in book, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

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One of Fremantle’s most loved authors Tim Winton‘s latest novel The Shepherd’s Hut is due for release in March so make sure to buy a copy.

Alan, the owner of Freo’s New Edition bookshop has reviewed it on their website and writes that the novel is brutal and lyrical and that he loved it. “A thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning,….”

Go order your copy at New Edition, corner High and Henry streets in our gorgeous West End!

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FREMANTLE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, women, writing by freoview on March 7, 2017

It is International Women’s Day on Wednesday and the City of Fremantle celebrates it with author Mihaela Nicolescu who will be sharing emotionally charged encounters into women living on the edge.

It is on at the Fremantle Library from 6-7.30 pm on March 8.

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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!

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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.

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