Carousel at Melbourne International Film Festival

Jane Fraser, CEO of Fremantle Press, flew to Melbourne for Books at MIFF earlier this month.

One of the sessions I was most looking forward to was the producer pitching session. From 132 book submissions, producers chose just seven to pitch directly to the audience. One of those seven titles was the brilliant 2015 YA novel Carousel by Brendan Ritchie. Carousel was championed by Coeli Cutcliffe, a development executive from Porchlight Films, as a contemporary Breakfast Club, ‘with the potential to make audiences think, laugh, cry, be afraid and fall in love.’

You can read more about her trip over on the Fremantle Press website.

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

Brendan on RTRFM – Breakfast with Caitlin

Brendan was interviewed by Caitlin Nienaber on RTRFM’s Breakfast show this morning.

Brendan and Caitlin talked about the sequel to Carousel, Beyond Carousel (out now in all good bookshops!). They also discussed how two overseas musicians could end up in the sprawling mall of Carousel shopping centre, and what post-apocalyptic Perth might look like.

If you missed it, you can listen over on the RTRFM website or below.



Louisa Loder reviews Carousel

Carousel has been reviewed by Louisa Loder, a fellow West Australian author.

“The almost-clinical sprawl of Carousel shopping centre in Perth’s east stars as a character of its own in this cleverly constructed book by local author and filmmaker Brendan Ritchie. Deceptively simple descriptions slowly build an incredible sense of foreboding, and made it difficult for me to put the book down and quiet my mind.”

You can read the full review on her website (and check out the great photo she took). Thanks Louisa!

A reading from Carousel

In the lead up to the release of Beyond Carousel, Fremantle Press recorded this excerpt of Brendan reading from Carousel.

It’s at a moment when, locked up inside Carousel Shopping Centre, the characters start hearing mysterious noises from outside.

English Teachers Association WA 2016 State Conference

Brendan will be involved in a panel discussion at the ETAWA 2016 State Conference today at Trinity College.

Alongside academic Leigh Dale and teacher Rod Quin, Brendan will be discussing the topic “Where have we been, where are we going?”.

Brendan will also be signing copies of Carousel.


The West Book Club: Carousel and Beyond Carousel

The West Book Club’s William Yeoman sat down to chat Carousel and Beyond Carousel with Fremantle Press’ Senior Editor Naama Amram.

Beyond Carousel will be released in October this year. More news as it comes to hand!

You can watch the full video over on The West’s website.

2016 Inky Awards Longlist – Gold

The 2016 Inky Awards Longlist has been announced, and excitingly Carousel has been selected!

“These fantastic books have been selected by teens, for teens as the best new reads to feast your eyes upon.”

You can read more about the full list over on Inside a Dog’s website. While you’re there, find out how you can undertake the tough challenge of being a judge (applications close on the 28th April)!

Luna Station Quarterly Reviews ‘Carousel’

Luna Station Quarterly has reviewed Carousel.

“I found this a fun and engaging read. It’s a strong debut YA novel from Ritchie and I’m interested to see what he comes up with next.”

You can read more of KC Maguire’s review on Luna Station Quarterly’s website.