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.

Super summer reads

Albany Advertiser’s Talitha Wolfe asked authors what they were reading over summer.

West Australian author Dianne Wolfer chose Carousel as one of her summer reads.

“Fun for a while, but apparently things get scary.”

You can find the article, titled Super summer reads on page 15 in the 21st January edition of the newspaper.

Cover to Cover – Writing WA

Episode 9 of Writing WA’s Cover to Cover features a discussion of Carousel.

“This book comes back to me often as I ponder the notion of is it better to be in that controlled environment that you know, or to burst out and to explore the unknown, and what do we choose for ourselves.” – Chief Executive Officer of Awesome, Jenny Simpson.

The episode is a great insight into the current landscape of West Australian books for children. Meri Fatin, Jenny Simpson, and Sharon McCarthy cover a range of local authors and their books. Thank you Writing WA for putting together such a quality production, and for including Carousel.

Westerly Magazine Reviews ‘Carousel’

Westerly magazine has reviewed ‘Carousel’.

“Ritchie writes with insight and casual elegance, managing to create a work that, though driven by the characters’ boredom and the shrinkage of their physical world, is rich and moving.”

You can read more of Jen Banyard’s review on Westerly’s website.