Review: Return Ticket by John Doust, by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Title: Return Ticket Author: Jon Doust review Publisher: Fremantle Press Genre: Historical fiction Favourite quote: “Perhaps I wash the dishes the way I do because it suggests a way I might have lived – ordered, structured, careful and meditative” After reading this line at the conclusion of Return Ticket’s first chapter, I was hooked. Perhaps…

Review: The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie, by Dylan Dartnell

Title: The History of Mischief Author: Rebecca Higgie Publisher: Fremantle Press Winner, Fremantle Press, The Fogarty Literary Award 2019 Introducing Rebecca Higgie and her award-winning work, The History of Mischief (Fremantle Press, 2020). The manuscript won the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award and let me be one of the many to tell you, it is well-deserved. Jessie…

Upcoming New Releases We’re Looking Forward To, by Jemimah Halbert Brewster

Here at Underground we’re always hearing about new and exciting books being released in Australia. There’s always a delightful and relevant combination of fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles from new and emerging authors available, and now is also a great time to get your hands on #ownvoices works and stories from marginalised voices around Australia…

Opportunities for Writers August 2020

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina from Pexels Pulch Magazine open for submissions Seeking submissions of ‘anything and everything, from politics, to culture, to identity, fictional short stories, poems, screenplays and experimentative writing. We are particularly interested in stories that include marginalised or minority voices and themes. We encourage you to keep your piece between 1000 and 2000 words, however…

Review: The Valley by Steve Hawke, by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Title: The Valley Author: Steve Hawke Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Fremantle Press(2018) I have never quite read a mystery novel like Hawke’s before. What stood out to me was not the setting of the Kimberley, or that it is a multigenerational book, or that is was a slow-paced mystery unfolding over generations; what stood out to…

Review: Two new Australian children’s titles, by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Editor Kate Lomas Glendenning reviews two recent children’s book releases from Fremantle Press and Magabala Books. Rodney by Kelly Canby Rodney is another children’s masterpiece by Kelly Canby (who wrote and illustrated the recently published book.) The story follows Rodney, a small tortoise, who dreams to know a life among the treetops. Rodney’s journey is…

Review: Driving Into the Sun by Marcella Polain, by Dylan Dartnell

Title: Driving Into the Sun Author: Marcella Polain Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Fremantle Press (2019) The novel that took some ten years to write, Marcella Polain is back with her breath-taking work, Driving into the Sun (Fremantle Press, 2019). The story revolves around an eleven-year-old girl named Orla on the precipice of womanhood. She, like most…

TAG Hungerford Award Shortlist announced

Congratulations to this year’s TAG Hungerford Award Shortlist! These six WA writers are in the running for $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press! Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Alan Fyfe, Holden Sheppard, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen came out on top after the award’s most competitive year ever.  Past winners and shortlistees include Gail…

Review: Off the Track by Cristy Burne, by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Title: Off the Track Author: Cristy Burne Genre: Australian children’s fiction Favourite quote: ‘Around them leaves rustled and birds sang and he felt alive.’ Set in Western Australia,  the story follows the pre-pubescent Harry as he hikes the Bibbulmun Track with his mum, her friend Ana, and Ana‘s daughter Deepika. Off the Track is an…

Writing opportunities for March 2018

Writing Opportunities for March 2018 Western Australia Museum – WA in Words What novels, poems, plays or song lyrics paint a literary picture of Western Australia?  The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize Open in two categories: prize for best published adventure novel and a prize for best unpublished manuscript by a debut author. Closing 12th…

Shelley’s TBR list – round 2

My TBR list seems to get more and more ambitious the more time I spend perusing Goodreads, and watching YouTube videos from avid readers like myself has definitely broadened my horizons when it comes to genre and theme. I’m also trying to explore more diverse literature and the online reading community is especially helpful when…

Review: ‘Women of a Certain Age’, reviewed by Shelley Timms

Women of a Certain Age is a collection of 15 vastly different, but all beautifully written stories about what it’s like to be “woman on the other side of 40, 50, 60 and 70.” Masterfully collated by editors Jodie Moffat, Maria Scoda and Susan Laura Sullivan, the book features stories from both the past and…

Writing Community & Workshops, by Dylan Dartnell

Writing Community & Workshops By editor Dylan Dartnell Throughout primary school, every piece I wrote seemed to involve dinosaurs who betrayed each other incessantly with time bombs or incorporated an all-knowing, all-powerful wizard, which rendered the plot and any other character worthless. From memory, some of the feedback I received from my teachers went along…

Interview: Robert Edeson, author of ‘Bad to Worse’

Robert Edeson talks writing with Underground Writers’ Jess Gately “I don’t know a lot about how people write, I’ve just always enjoyed living in my own imagination and that’s where these books come from.”   It is an unusually cold and wet day in Perth when Robert Edeson and I meet at Subiaco’s Café Café….

Review: Bad to Worse by Robert Edeson, reviewed by Jess Gately

Winner of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, Robert Edeson’s style of fiction is unlike anything I’ve ever read. His latest book, Bad to Worse, is the story of a vendetta that dates back to the old American West. When a pilot insists that the crash of his plane is the result of a collision with an…

Interview: Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press

Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press March, 2017   We are very pleased to present another interview conducted by editor Shelley Timms, this time talking to Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press. Georgia shared with us the publishing process, tips on how to find a publisher for your book, some exciting new releases soon to…