Armadale Writers’ Festival 2017

Brendan will be appearing on a panel at the inaugural Armadale Writers’ Festival on Sunday the 30th of April.

The Literary Lunch, hosted by Dr Tony Buti, MLA, will see Brendan speak alongside authors William Yeoman (Literary Editor at The West Australian), Loretta Hill, Renae Kaye, Amanda Kendle, and Sioban Timmer.

Book your spot on Eventbrite or read the full program on Writing WA’s website.

Literary Youth Festival (LYF) 2017

Brendan will be speaking at the inaugural Literary Youth Festival (LYF), the first youth-led festival of literature in Western Australia, alongside Georgia Richter, Fremantle Press publisher.

Held at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth’s Cultural Centre on the 11th of April, Brendan and Georgia will discuss the author/publisher relationship.

Reserve your spot in the workshop and come along to show your support for this great new festival.

Read more: (LYF) When a publisher loves a book – Fremantle Press Editing Workshop

City of Perth Library — Fremantle Press Showcase

Head to the City of Perth Library’s foyer for a showcase of the hard work Fremantle Press have done over their past forty years. Brendan’s novel Carousel is included amongst some incredible West Australian talent.

The display will run until the 12th of April.

“We have selected titles from the whole sweep of the collection to showcase the talented local writers and illustrators in our State, and to tell a visual story of how publishing has changed over time.”

Joanna Andrew, Assistant Manager, City of Perth Library

Read more: City of Perth Library highlights local creators

Between the Lines 2017

You can find Brendan at the Between the Lines literature festival in Busselton, Western Australia next week.

Brendan will be speaking to secondary school students about his books Carousel and Beyond Carousel, alongside eleven other WA authors and illustrators.

“I am a passionate believer in promoting the incredible home-grown authorial talent we have in WA and thus this festival brings these two passions together,”

Beth Herbert, Festival Organiser.

Read more: Between the Lines festival draws bookworms to Busselton.

More photos from the Beyond Carousel launch

Beyond Carousel was launched at Beaufort Street Books on the 12th of October, 2016. Here are a few more photos from the night – thanks to Emma Jarvis for attending and snapping some shots!

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - Beaufort Street Books

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - AJ Betts

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie Launch - Guests

Brendan Ritchie at the launch of his second book Beyond Carousel


Have you read Beyond Carousel yet? Don’t forget to write a review on Goodreads / all over the Internet! If you haven’t got a copy in your hands yet, hot damn you can buy it without leaving your home / changing out of your pjs / brushing your hair.

Dog on Keyboard buying Beyond Carousel

Storylines Festival 2016

Brendan will be presenting at the All Saints’ Storylines Festival on the 3rd and 4th of November in Perth.

He’ll be discussing the subject Perth as you’ve never seen it before: How to find inspiration in your own backyard, as well as appearing on two creative writing panels.

For more information, head to the Storylines Festival website.

Beyond Carousel launch on social media

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Beyond Carousel — out now!

Beyond Carousel — out now!

Beyond Carousel started rolling out into bookstores from the 1st of October. Of course, if you’re in Perth you can come along this Wednesday to the official launch at Beaufort Street Books. You can even get your copy signed by Brendan himself (honestly, it would be kind of weird if someone else signed it). Remember to register as there are very few spots left!

If you’re outside of Perth, head out and support your favourite local bookshop by picking up a copy. You can usually find Beyond Carousel in the Young Adult section. If they don’t already have it in stock, give them a friendly nudge and they’ll order it in for you.

Don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home? The Internet has got you covered. Here are a few sites we’d recommend:

Once you’ve got it in your arms there’s only four things left to do:

  1. Cancel all your plans.
  2. Tell everyone on social media (so no one gets concerned about why you’ve gone quiet): #beyondcarousel.
  3. Read, read, read.
  4. Review on Goodreads or any site that will let you (do Horse and Hound have a website?!). And/or tweet at Brendan!

You did it.

Stranger Things

You’re invited to the launch of Beyond Carousel!

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

You’re invited to the launch of Brendan Ritchie’s Beyond Carousel on Wednesday the 12th of October.

Beyond Carousel is the much-awaited sequel to last year’s young adult novel Carousel. If you haven’t yet read Carousel you can pick up a copy of that on the night, too!

The book will be launched by fellow author AJ Betts, at a bibliophile’s heaven, Beaufort Street Books. If you’re keen to come along head over to Fremantle Press’ Eventbrite to register for your (free!) ticket.

Brendan will be signing copies of his books on the night.

Youth & Social Media: Going Viral vs Going Off-Grid

Youth & Social Media: Going Viral versus Going Off-Grid

The Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia & Fremantle Press, with support from the Department of Culture and Arts, are holding a panel discussion on the 7th of September.

Brendan will be discussing Youth & Social Media: Going Viral vs Going Off-Grid with fellow author Kate McCaffrey, and Dr Deborah Hunn from Curtin University. The panel will be moderated by Emily Paull, and held at Mattie Furphy House.

“In today’s society, the impact of social media on youth and their interactions with each other and the world-at-large is a continuing issue that warrants inspection. Cyber-bullying, sexting, catfishing, mobbing. Campaigns, social justice, outreach, connection. The platforms with which we engage can bring out the best and the worst in human behaviour. Two authors have explored the idea of social media saturation and social media blackout, and the worlds they have created investigate the challenges teenagers face in managing their social presence.”

For more information, and to secure your tickets (and a copy of Carousel!), head to FAWWA’s Facebook event.