WritingWA: Love to Read Local 2016 Reviews

Beyond Carousel was included in writingWA’s Love to Read Local 2016 Reviews.

“This novel is a fascinating commentary on an arts world that has lost its soul and on finding meaning, purpose and understanding through art.”

To read the full review & find out about other great West Aussie books head over to the writingWA website. While you’re there, please read about their Writing Matters campaign, and sign the petition.

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.



Christmas gift ideas – books for young adults and children

In the latest episode of Cover to Cover, Meri Fatin, Beck Blaxell (The Literature Centre) and Beth Herbert (Dymocks) discuss their favourite children’s and young adult books of 2016.

If you’re stuck on what to buy for a Christmas present for the children or teenagers in your life, watch on for some great book recommendations.

Thanks for including Beyond Carousel in the list, Cover to Cover!

Trying to find a copy of Beyond Carousel? Head out and support one of the many great local bookshops in your area. You can usually find it in the Young Adult section. If they don’t already have it in stock they can order one (or two!) in for you.

Can’t bear to face the shops around this time of year? Thank Tim Berners-Lee for the web. Here are a few sites we’d recommend:

And importantly, Cover to Cover is brought to you by Writing WA, Western Australia’s peak writing body. Along with other incredible literary establishments they have had their funding discontinued by the state government. Please head over to their website to learn more, and show your support by signing their petition, writing a letter, and spreading the word. Writing matters.

WritingWA Book Club Book of the Month

Does your book club have that difficult conversation every single month of what to read next? Debate no more, WritingWA has you covered with a recommended book each month.

WritingWA’s book of the month is Beyond Carousel, Brendan Ritchie’s sequel to Carousel. If you haven’t yet read Carousel, why not make it a challenge to read both in the one month? The combined total of both books is just 707 pages, shorter than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, or The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (you should read them too, if you haven’t already).

Read more on WritingWA’s website or download the book club notes.

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.