Prose and Pantsing with Brendan Ritchie

If you’re in Perth, you may have heard Brendan on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday the 6th of July discussing with host Chris Mason his upcoming writing workshops at FAWWA.

If you missed it, never fear! It’s right here:

Check out more on the RTRFM website.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

Beyond Carousel

by Brendan Ritchie

Giveaway ends July 21, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Fellowship of Australian Writers WA CAL Residency

Brendan is currently working on a new project (a departure from the Carousel duology) and is very excited to continue this work with a Copyright Agency Limited Residency at the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA’s Mattie Furphy House.

As well as writing away, Brendan will also be presenting the following two workshops:

‘Pantsing’ the Novel: A discussion of the pros and cons of writing fiction without a plan

Gain some insight into Brendan’s writing process for his successful teen fiction novels, Carousel and Beyond Carousel.

Saturday 15 July 2017, 1.00-3.00pm
$20 FAWWA and WAWU members, $30 others
Mattie Furphy House, Kirkwood Road, Swanbourne

The benefits of creative limitation: What happens when you set your entire novel inside a shopping centre?

Look at the benefits that can come from imposing creative limitations such as restriction the setting, but also character and narrative. Includes analysis of relevant literary examples along with writing exercises geared at exploring possibilities.

Saturday 22 July 2017, 1.00-3.00pm
$20 FAWWA and WAWU members, $30 others
Mattie Furphy House, Kirkwood Road, Swanbourne


For more informaion: FAWWA’s website.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

Beyond Carousel

by Brendan Ritchie

Giveaway ends July 21, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

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.

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