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12 April 2018

Dianne Wolfer’s new book, ‘In the Lamplight’ has been released by Fremantle Press.

The story is  the final installment of Dianne’s trilogy that  began with the  best-selling Lighthouse Girl’ and ‘Light Horse Boy’.   Release of the new book coincides with a tour of regional Western Australia of the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of ‘Lighthouse Girl’, following last year’s sell-out seasons in Perth and Albany.

And here’s a sneak preview of the cover of Dianne’s forthcoming novel for young readers, The Dog With Seven Names’ (Penguin Random House, July).


7March 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Johnston, whose debut novel  ‘Dustfall’ came in at #3 on the bestseller list from Perth Writers Festival bookseller.


7 March 2018

Congratulations to Shokoofeh Azar on her shortlisting in this year’s Stella Prize for her debut novel ‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’. 


The novel is published by Melbourne-based Wild Dingo Press.


1 March 2018

I am excited to announce a new collaboration with Natasha Solomun, of The Rights Hive in Melbourne.  Natasha has more than a decade’s experience managing rights for Penguin Random House and Five Mile Press (Bonnier Publishing).


She established  The Rights Hive in 2017 and  works with all the major publishing houses and independent publishers in the UK and North America, together with a team of sub-agents in foreign language markets.


Natasha will continue to work with my network of international sub-agents alongside her own connections

to offer a significantly expanded reach for Newman Agency authors into international markets.


1 March 2018

Cathi Lewis, owner and Publisher of Wild Dingo Press, has appointed the Agency  to manage international rights promotion and negotiation on her behalf.


Wild Dingo is currently enjoying success with Shokoofeh Azar’s extraordinary novel, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, just long-listed for the 2018 Stella Prize.


20 January 2018

Tracy Ryan’s new poetry collection, ‘The Water Bearer’ (Fremantle Press) and Michelle Johnston’s debut novel, ‘Dustfall’ (UWAP) will both be released in February.

A pocket edition of Alan Carter’s first crime novel, ‘Prime Cut’ has been released by major German publisher, Droemer Knaur.

Two new titles from Dianne Wolfer are scheduled: 

‘In the Lamplight’ (Fremantle Press: April), a companion volume to Dianne’s best-selling ‘Lighthouse Girl’ and Light Horse Boy’, and ‘The Dog With Seven Names’, a novel for younger readers (Penguin Random House: August).


John Kinsella’s experimental novel, ‘Lucida Intervella’ will be published in October (Dalkey Archive in the US and UWAP in Australia/New Zealand).


A biography of esteemed Western Australian artist Kate O’Connor by Amanda Curtin (Fremantle) and a debut adult fiction title by Steve Hawke (Fremantle) are scheduled for release in November.


Several other titles are under contract but yet to be scheduled, and more titles are on submission.  


Watch this space … !

"SHARK CALLER" for the screen

13 December 2017

Dianne Wolfer’s middle-grade novel, The Shark Caller, has been optioned for film by New Zealand company, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions.

The novel is published by Penguin Random House.

Another Year Wraps Up

20 December 2017

Another year gone by – some strong publications from Agency authors:


The Spectacular Spencer Gray                 Deb Fitzpatrick 

      (Fremantle Press)

Old Growth                                              John Kinsella      

      (Transit Lounge)

Agents of Empire                                    Joanna Sassoon

      (Australian Scholarly Publishing)

Nanna’s Button Tin                                 Dianne Wolfer 

      (Walker Books)

History and the Poet                                Robert Wood 

      (Australian Scholarly Publishing)

On the Edge                                             John Kinsella   

      (University of Queensland Press)

Marlborough Man                                    Alan Carter   

      (Fremantle Press) 

Anthology of WA Poetry                          John Kinsella

      (Fremantle Press)                             & Tracy Ryan          


and the world premiere of Hellie Turner’s stage adaptation of Dianne Wolfer’s Lighthouse Girl and John Kinsella’s libretto of Snow Queen for Opera Victoria.


Plenty to look forward to in 2018, too – watch this space!


27 October 2017

This year’s Frankfurt visit included a  side-trip to Berlin.  Amongst all the attractions of that city, I still found time to meet up with associate agents, Axel and Katharina, from Herbach & Haase, to discuss submission strategies for new titles from my list.


22 October 2017

Another big week of talking books has come and gone.

Still the most important trade fair (organisers claim 7300 exhibitors and more than 286000 visitors this year).  Frankfurt provides an opportunity to talk with publishers and agents from around the world and I met with colleagues from Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Korea, UK and US.

I promoted Shokoofeh Azar's new novel, 'The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree' on behalf of Wild Dingo Press from Melbourne. Strong reviews of the novel in Australia prompted real interest and it is now on submission in a number of foreign territories.

Alan Carter's latest crime novel, 'Marlborough Man' also attracted wide interest. Several of Alan's earlier novels are already available in translation and the new one is sure to join them as his international profile grows.

Selected titles from the catalogues of Magabala Books and Margaret River Press also aroused interest - watch this space for developments and more news as it comes to hand ...


1 May 2017


John Kinsella’s 2016 collection, ‘Firebreaks’ (WW Norton) has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.


The judges called the volume ‘a masterful work that confirms his reputation as one of the most significant Australian poets of his generation’.


Winners will be announced on 22 May.


23 April 2017

Black Swan State Theatre Company’s adaptation of Dianne Wolfer’s two best-selling books, ‘Lighthouse Girl’ and ‘Light Horse Boy’ premiered on Saturday 22 April at the Albany Entertainment Centre, before a Perth season at the State Theatre Centre from 28 April until 14 May. 


6 March 2017

To Dianne Wolfer, whose 2016 novel, ‘The Shark Caller’ has been named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, in the Book of the Year: Younger Readers category.  The Notable Books listing serves as the long-list for the 2017 CBCA awards.  The short-listed titles will be revealed at the end of this month. 


Fingers crossed for Dianne!


11 January 2017

Watch for these exciting new releases by authors from the Agency:




Agents of Empire

A survey of EL Mitchell’s colonial photographs

Joanna Sassoon

Australian Scholarly Publishing


Old Growth

Short fiction collection

John Kinsella

Transit Lounge


The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

Surveying the works of poets from the 19th century until the present day

John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan (editors)

Fremantle Press




Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of Lighthouse Girl, based on Dianne Wolfer’s best-selling book, opens on 18 April.




Marlborough Man

A new crime novel, set in New Zealand

Alan Carter

Fremantle Press




Nanna’s Button Tin

Dianne Wolfer

Illustrated by Heather Potter

Walker Books Australia


On the Outskirts


John Kinsella




The Spectacular Spencer Gray

A new adventure story for younger readers

Deb Fitzpatrick

Fremantle Press


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!


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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