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2016 News Archive ...




20 December 2016

Alan Carter’s new crime novel, Marlborough Man, will be released in Australia in June of next year (Fremantle Press).  Set in New Zealand, the novel introduces Sergeant Nick Chester, hiding in remote country after an under-cover job goes wrong and covering normal duties. But of course there’s lots more to this  story!


20 December 2016

To John Kinsella, whose selected poems volume, Drowning in Wheat, published by Picador in the UK early in 2016, is named as one of the books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement.


26 November 2016

To Rod Mackay, who has won the overall writing prize in this year’s ‘In My View’ competition, organised by the Western Australian Photographic Federation.


Rod is currently working on a novel.


26 November 2016

Amanda Curtin’s acclaimed novel, Elemental (UWAP 2013) has been released in a new format.  The novel has been a steady seller since first publication and  is now also available in the UK through Scribe Publications.


8 August 2016

Alan Carter’s second novel, ‘Getting Warmer’ was published in Germany in August.


Some good reviews, like this one on WDR Radio …"...(Carter) has it all. Grandiose characters, great class-staged plot, and especially very, very good dialogue. A very precise, in the best sense "mature", "hard", and snappy-funny novel. Des Einen Freud delivers finely balanced genre on top and up to date… have propelled it into the Top Ten Crime Bestsellers List at #6.


21 August 2016

Judges commented:

"Ravages, both human and environmental, are the subject of John Kinsella’s ‘Crow’s Breath’, a masterful and mature collection of short fiction.  Kinsella’s stories are evocative, poetic, full of damaged people and places.  His fiction is understated and polished.


It has that haunting quality about it that makes great short fiction, like Alice Munro’s and Tim Winton’s, and which compels

readers to return to it again and again."

August is a good month !!!

31 July 2016

 Dianne Wolfer’s novel for young adults, The Shark Caller (Penguin Random House) has just been released.  Dianne celebrates with launches in her home town of Albany, and then Perth.


Walker books will publish a paperback edition of Dianne’s popular picture book for children, Granny Grommet and Me.


Alan Carter continues to build a strong following in Europe.  His second Cato Kwong novel, Getting Warmer, will be published by Edition Nautilus in Germany under the title Des Einen Freud.  Apparently Getting Warmer does not translate well!  Following last year’s best-selling performance in Germany, a pocket edition of Alan’s debut title, Prime Cut, will be published by Droemar Knaur. 


11 June 2016

To Dub Leffler, writer and illustrator of the children’s picture book Once There Was a Boy (Magabala Books).  Istanbul-based publishers, Minval Yaymlari, have aquired Turkish language rights and will publish their edition in early 2017.  The sale was managed by the Kalem Agency

in Istanbul.

More Congratulations

11 June 2016

 To Peter Docker, lead scriptwriter for So Long Suckers. The world-premier season of the play has just concluded in Perth, attracting great reviews – …an impressive gathering of artistic talent, indigenous and non-indigenous alike … (West Australia) and  …a product of the best mix of talents – a novel idea carefully nurtured since 2013 in remote Kimberley workshops, brought under the theatrical wing of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and finessed without loss of its potent authenticity (Australian).


The play is based on a concept devised by Steve Hawke and is produced in association with Bunuba Cultural Enterprises. 

Alan Packing his Bags Again

7 April 2016

 Alan Carter flies out to Spain and France in a couple of weeks to promote the translated editions of his debut novel, Prime Cut.


The Spanish language edition, Corte Perfecto, published by Yulca Editorial, and the French language edition, Morceaux De Choix,  published by Editions Bragelonne, have each received good reviews and early sales are good.


Especially exciting is an invitation to Alan to feature in several sessions at the  Geneva Book and Press Fair, the biggest French language literary event in Switzerland.


'Elemental' Released in the UK !!!

10 Feb

Amanda Curtin’s, Elemental, received many strong reviews when released in Australia.


Released this week in the UK (Scribe Publications) the first UK review has appeared in the Daily Mail … 

‘… you remember this novel for its details — the closeted, fearful atmosphere of an isolated, weather-pummelled community, the stink of herring and, in the letters, Meggie’s exhilaratingly raw, idiosyncratic voice’.


May that be the first of many!



27 January 2016

Deb Fitzpatrick has scored a double hit in the 2016 WAYBRA short-listings.  The Amazing Spencer Gray is listed

for the award for younger readers, and Have You Seen Ally Queen is listed in the category for older readers.


The WA Young Readers Book Awards are held annually.  Readers nominate through their libraries books they

have enjoyed. 


More information at

2016 is Looking Good !!!

14 January 2016

Four authors from the agency will add new volumes to their collection this year.


Alan Carter  


His debut crime novel, Prime Cut, will be published in a French translation in March. 


Getting Warmer, his second novel, will be published by Edition Nautilus in a German translation in August.  A pocket-book (mass market paperback) edition of Prime Cut will be published by the German publisher Droemar Knaur at the same time.


Amanda Curtin


Her acclaimed novel, Elemental, will be published in the  UK by Scribe Publications in February.


Joanna Sassoon


Her study of the work of EL Mitchell, colonial photographer, will be published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in August.


Dianne Wolfer


Her novel for young adults, The Shark Caller, will be published by Random House Australia in August.


More titles are on submission – watch this space for news!

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