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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!

Roel Loopers

MOORES BUILDING CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

Posted in art, children, family, fremantle by freoview on February 17, 2017

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Opening of the new children’s playground at the Paper Bird children’s bookshop and Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Sunday February 19 from 9-11.30.

They are launching the new courtyard and joining with the rest of the Moores Building to create an open arts precinct.

Art studios will be open, including the Moores Gallery Studios Resident Artists, and free kids activities: 9am Wild Movement Perth will run a nature play session, 9.30am Story Time, 10am Inkling Art Space open workshop + Great food & coffee from Moore & Moore Cafe. See you there!

 

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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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VERY POPULAR FREMANTLE CITY LIBRARY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, western australia by freoview on August 24, 2016

The figures below by the Fremantle City Library are very impressive, with an average visits of 1,080 people per day between April and June 2016.

In the three months there was a total of 58,700 visitors in person plus 30,900 virtual ones. The latter probably means on-line visits.

Of the 61,300 loans 77% was  for reading, 16% watching, as in dvd and movie streaming, and 7% listening; music CD, audio books, music downloads.

The City Library has 14,800 members with 58% from Fremantle and the rest from neighbouring councils.

Roel Loopers

 

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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

PAPER BIRD BOOKS CREATE SAND FUN FOR KIDS

Posted in BOOKS, fremantle by freoview on April 20, 2016

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It does not come more Freo than this! What a lovely scene this afternoon at the new Paper Bird children’s book shop in Henry Street where a small part of the street had been turned into a sandpit for kids to be creative in.

The book shop commissioned Tim Darby and Shani Graham of Ecoburbia fame to create some sand sculptures and Tim did not forget to put the bird logo of the shop on the bottom right of his artwork. He told me he would also include a book or two.

Great to see a popular event that did not require booze or noise. Loved it!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE NEEDS LIBRARY TECHNICIAN

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, local government by freoview on March 11, 2016

City of Fremantle – Fremantle WA
$59,928 – $72,488 a year
Library Technician

The City of Fremantle offers you the opportunity to become a valued team member in an organisation committed to its people and community. Consider us when planning your next career move and help us make Fremantle a great people place and a great place to work.

Position details

Position number: 40_16

Applications close: 29/03/2016

Type of appointment: Permanent full time

Business unit: Community Development

Description
Permanent full time
Salary range $59 928 – $72 488 per annum + super
The City of Fremantle is seeking a qualified Library Technician to support senior librarians in the effective operation of library systems and service provision.

The position will suit someone with strong knowledge of library technologies, an interest in library collections, events and marketing and a high level of customer service.

Weekend work is a requirement. A current WA driver’s licence and working with children check are necessary.

Application Instructions:

Please refer to the information pack and application form attached. Should you require additional information about this position please contact the Library and Information Manager on 9432 9769.

When you are ready to submit your application select the ‘apply for job button’ below.

Applications close: 5pm on Tuesday 29 March 2016.

LOVING THOSE QUIRKY FREO STREET PHOTOS

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on February 19, 2016

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I am getting a bit repetitive at my old age telling you yet again how much I love so-called street photography. Finding the unexpected and capturing it on camera is one of the many delightful parts of my profession. The fact that I am also recording the history of Fremantle with every photo I take here makes it a responsible activity as well.

I took this photo at the Adelaide Plaza next to the Basilica late this morning.

Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU

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