Friday, 29 June 2007

Fremantle Press from July 1st, 2007

Fremantle Arts Centre Press to trade as Fremantle Press

After thirty-one years of trading as Fremantle Arts Centre Press, the independent publisher will trade as Fremantle Press from July 1st, 2007.

'The organisation has long been located away from the Arts Centre. Fremantle Press imprint more accurately reflects our total independence,' said General Manager, Clive Newman.

The name change comes as the Press recently restructured and reviewed its aims as an independent publisher. Mr. Newman said that the Press would supplement its publishing program of literary works for both adult and younger markets, 'by carefully choosing titles designed for a more general readership.'

Fremantle Press’s charter is to provide a platform for emerging writers and their success in this field has led to the Press being considered one of the foremost small publishers in Australia.

'The smaller independent publishers in Australia have traditionally played the role of risk takers and often introduce new talent to a national and international readership; Fremantle has a proud record in this regard and aims to build on that in the future.' Mr. Newman said.

Since it was established in 1976, the Press has maintained a core literary program, nurturing the publication and promotion of Western Australian writers. Over the past thirty one years Fremantle Press has published a range of distinguished and award-winning authors including TAG Hungerford, AB Facey, Elizabeth Jolley, John Kinsella, Bill Bunbury, Gail Jones and Kate McCaffrey.

Major successes include Kim Scott, the first Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award (Benang, 2000) and Sally Morgan, whose My Place has sold over 500,000 copies in Australia and been published in a number of international languages.

Fremantle Press titles are distributed nationally by Penguin Books Australia, receiving optimum national and international distribution and media coverage.

1 comment:

  1. Congrtatulations, Clive, Ray, Helen et al ... You'll conti nue to be called Freo Press, really. And a more general readership is an attractive aim, but your so-called literary novels and such are presented side by side with 'general fiction' in most bookshops as it is. So, not only the product but the marketing of that product - from cover art to shelf talkers - needs to say 'general' without saying 'tasteless'. But you know that ...