West Australian Premier’s Book Awards Announced

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West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced Richard Flanagan as the winner of the Premier’s Prize at the Premier’s Book Awards for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Mount Lawley-based novelist Yvette Walker received the Western Australian Emerging Writers Award for her first book,Letters to the End of Love. Mr Barnett said 11 of Australia’s ...

Heist by Robert Schofield

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I am not an avid crime reader but I am really pleased to see West Australian (WA) authors currently doing so well in this genre. I have just finished Heist by Perth-based crime writer Robert Schofield and really enjoyed escaping into the Goldfields in outback WA, where the story kicks off. I met Robert last year when Heist was launched ...

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Five ★★★★★ for this brilliant debut novel by West Australian author and bookseller Brooke Davis. This book has everything: unforgettable quirky characters, big issues, wise words and a cracking road-cum-train trip across the harsh Australian landscape. At the heart of Lost and Found is seven-year-old Millie Bird who realises everything around her is dying. She starts ...

Sweet One by Peter Docker launched in Broome

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Congrats to Broome-based author Peter Docker on the launch of his new book Sweet One on Wednesday 23 July. The book is published by Fremantle Press. Here is a taster: When a senior Aboriginal war veteran dies horribly at the hands of state government authorities, Izzy, a journalist and daughter of a war veteran herself, flies ...

Romance Editing

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I am an editor and proofreader with Booktrope, a new concept in publishing based in the US. I am always on the look out for great authors to work with. I also edit for romance and gay publishers in the UK and the USA. I was previously the Editorial Manager at Eside Media Pty Ltd, an Australian ...

Red Dirt Talking by Jacqueline Wright

Red Dirt Talking won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was long-listed for the Miles Franklin. These awards are well-deserved. I didn't find this an easy book to read. The sense of place is spot on given that the book is set through the build-up in the north-west of Western Australia. I live in the space and ...

Writing

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As a qualified journalist and freelance writer, I have developed strong verbal and written communication skills.  Writing for a number of different audiences in varied mediums has meant I have had to hone my listening, interpreting and analysing skills, along with creative flair and clarity in communication. Tight deadlines and working under pressure are part of everyday life in the media, ...