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Making Poems Out of Place: A Celebration of John Kinsella and Western Australian Writing

6pm-9pm    20th Apr 2017    Bar Orient, High Street, Fremantle WA 6160 

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University invite you to

Making Poems Out of Place: A Celebration of John Kinsella and Western Australian Writing

For more than 30 years and in more than 30 books, John Kinsella’s poetry and poetics have been passionately engaged with the problem of making poems out of place, and with the politics of “making” and the politics of “place”.

Join us in this celebration of Kinsella’s work and its influence on poetry and the politics of place in Western Australia.

In the first part of the evening, Dr Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, author of the newly released study of the literature of the WA wheatbelt, Like Nothing on this Earth, will launch Firebreaks: Poems (W. W. Norton), Graphology: Poems 1955-2015 (Five Islands Press), Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (Picador), The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry (edited with Tracy Ryan), Old Growth (Transit Lounge), and Polysituatedness (Manchester University Press). John will read a selection of poems and passages from these books.

In the second part of the evening, some of WA’s most acclaimed poets will join together with John to read selections of their work from the new Fremantle press anthology. Poets include Tracy Ryan, Lucy Dougan, Kim Scott, Dennis Haskell, Wendy Jenkins, James Quinton, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, and Siobhan Hodge.

This is a free event. Hot food, vegan and non-vegan, will be served, and drinks are available from the bar.

Books will be available for sale from a Crow Books/New Edition stall.

Please RSVP your attendance by Thursday 13 April by clicking here.


LAUNCH: Every Mother’s Son is Guilty

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    17th Nov 2016    Orient Hotel, 39 High Street Fremantle, WA 6160 

UWA Publishing warmly invites you to the launch of Chris Owen’s Every Mother’s Son is Guilty: Policing the Kimberley Frontier of Western Australia, 1882-1905. 

Every Mother’s Son is Guilty will be launched by Steve Kinnane, writer and researcher at the Nulungu Research Institute.

In Every Mother’s Son is Guilty, Chris Owen provides a compelling account of policing in the Kimberley district from 1882, when police were established in the district, until 1905 when Dr. Walter Roth’s controversial Royal Commission into the treatment of Aboriginal people was released.

Click to here RSVP for this event.

LAUNCH: David Whish-Wilson ‘Old Scores’

6 for 6.30pm start.    16th Nov 2016    the Buffalo Club, 54 High Street, Fremantle 
New Edition Bookshop & Fremantle Press proudly invite you to the launch of David Whish-Wilson‘s new book Old Scores.

It’s the early 1980s: the heady days of excess, dirty secrets and personal favours. Former detective Frank Swann is still in disgrace, working as a low-rent PI. But when he’s offered a security job by the premier’s fixer, it soon becomes clear that someone is bugging the premier’s phone – and it may cost Swann more than his job to find out why.
Old Scores will be launched by Fremantle MP Josh Wilson.

Date: Wednesday 16 November

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Where: the Buffalo Club, 54 High Street, Fremantle

RSVPdavewhishwilson@gmail.com or 0439 010 459

We hope to see you there!

LAUNCH: Sabrina Hahn’s Dirty Deeds

6.30pm    21st Sep 2016    Bar Orient, 39 High Street, Fremantle 

Fremantle Press and New Edition Bookshop invite you and a guest to celebrate the release of Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds, to be launched by
Gillian O’Shaughnessy and MC’d by Glenn Hall.

Gardening goddess Sabrina Hahn has never been afraid of getting dirty, and nor should you! Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds is a hands-on guide for what to do in your garden
and when to do it.

The winner of West Weekend magazine’s
‘Dirty Deeds competition’ will be announced on the night

Places are strictly limited so please RSVP by 16 September 2016
online or call 08 9430 6331.

LAUNCH: Westerly 61.1

6.30pm    17th Aug 2016    Orient Hotel, 39 High Street, Fremantle 

Please join Westerly, and us at New Edition Bookshop, for the launch of Westerly 61.1; a celebration of Indigenous writing and culture. The latest issue of Westerly will be launched by Stephen Kinnane on the 17th of August, from 6.30pm, at the Orient Hotel.

Click through the hyperlink to RSVP at Eventbrite and secure your attendance.

We hope to see you there!

BOOK LAUNCH: The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

6.30pm    02nd Aug 2016    Bar Orient 

You are invited to the launch of The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh by Leigh Straw, hosted by New Edition Bookshop and Newsouth Books.

‘Matriarch of the criminal underworld … or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney?

The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her own.

Despite having more than 100 criminal convictions to her name, Kate Leigh is also remembered as a local hero, giving money to needy families and supporting her local community through the hard times of Depression and war. Here, novelist and historian Leigh Straw teases out the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the gender stereotyping of the time to become a leading underworld figure.’

WHEN: 6:30pm, Tuesday August 2, 2016
WHERE: Bar Orient, Corner of High St & Henry St, Fremantle
Please RSVP to fremantle@newedition.com.au to secure your place.

Breaking the Boundaries: Australian Activists Tell Their Stories

6pm - 8pm    01st Jun 2016    The Orient Hotel 

Wakefield Press joins with New Edition in inviting you to the launch by Senator Scott Ludlam of Breaking the Boundaries: Australian Activists Tell Their Stories, edited by Yvonne Allen and Joy Noble.

What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while
another will be content to get angry at the TV news? Breaking the Boundaries
looks for answers in the stories of 46 Australians, young and old, fighting to be heard in a range of areas including human rights, gender issues, and the environment.

Featuring WA contributors: Jo Vallentine, Judy Blyth, Shirley Collins, Brenda Conochie, Jamie Yallup Farrant, Adrian Glamorgan, Heidi Hardisty, Jan Lewis, and Mia Pepper.

At Bar Orient Hotel, 39 High St, Fremantle
RSVP essential by Monday 30 May via phone: (08) 8352 4455 or email:
emily@wakefieldpress.com.au and include ‘RSVP New Edition’ in the subject line.

Books will be on sale.

BOOK LAUNCH: A Lover’s Country

6.30pm    18th May 2016    The Orient Hotel, 39 High Street, Fremantle 

Melissa Parke will launch A Lover’s Country, the new novel by Stuart Rees at the Orient on May 18, 6.30pm.

Told with a compelling immediacy, A Lover’s Country sheds light on the intrigue, struggle and behind-the-scenes wrangling associated with the nomination of a Palestinian woman as the recipient of a major peace prize. With a cast of memorable characters, a tightly crafted plot and touches of memorable poetry, A Lover’s Country is an illuminating tale of justice with a hard won message of hope. The title of the novel is taken from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish who wrote about the plight of his people, but imagined that one day, even from stone, a lover’s country could be built.


Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees has been a social worker in Britain, in Canada, in the War on Poverty programs in the USA and with Save the Children in India and Sri Lanka. He has taught at leading universities in the UK (Aberdeen and Southampton), in Canada (Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier) and in the USA (University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas).

Professor Rees’ awards include a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester, a Humanities Fellowship at the City University of Hong Kong and the Award of Highest Honour for ‘Contributions to World Peace’ conferred in 1998 by Soka University, Japan. For four years he was an elected Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney and for six years a member of the NSW Reconciliation Committee.

In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to international relations.



RSVP to: fremantle@newedition.com.au

Book Launch: First Person Shooter by Cameron Raynes

6:30pm    04th May 2016    New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle WA 

New Edition Bookshop & MidnightSun Publishing invite you to a book launch for ‘First Person Shooter’, by Cameron Raynes.

Date: Wed, 4 May 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle WA

The book will be launched by Ian Bolas, Principal Consultant, WA Department of Education.

RSVPs are essential. Please email Alan at fremantle@newedition.com.au to secure your place.

See you there!

Sister Heart Book Launch

6pm for a 6:30pm start    05th Aug 2015    New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle 

Pre-order your copy or grab a copy at the book launch – RSVP ESSENTIAL.

Email your RSVP to admin@fremantlepress.com.au


A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.


‘This beautiful verse novel from Sally Morgan can be used as a personal and approachable conversation-starter about the Stolen Generations for mature young readers … its message is powerful.’ Books+Publishing

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