Western Australia

Off the Page – Claremont 3

Book and paper related art works are on display around Claremont Town Centre until the end of today in the “Off the Page” exhibition. In the window of the Monde Design Store in Bayview Terrace, is this intricately wrought paper sculpture by Renee Farrant Tan, titled “Tout le Monde”.Off The Page Claremont 1


Fremantle Prison – John Boyle O’Reilly

The Western Australian port city of Fremantle has a wonderfully preserved 19th century gaol. Currently on display there is an exhibition titled “Transportation”, documenting the transportation of convicts to Australia from Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. John Boyle O’Reilly was a Fenian prisoner on the Hougoumont, the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle in 1868. On display, is a copy of his novel, Moondyne, written after he made a spectacular escape to the USA. Also on display is a bound version of The Wild Goose – a hand written newspaper produced by O’Reilly and other Fenian prisoners on the Hougoumont.

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Claremont – Off the Page 2

The “Off the Page” art installations continue to be on display until 13 May 2018. At the Empire Homewares store on Leura Avenue there is an interesting work by Los Angles based artist, Mike Stilkey, who almost always paints on the spines of books.
His painting pays tribute to Claremont’s first teacher, a Mrs Herbert, and will remain permanently on display at the local Freshwater Bay museum.

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Claremont – Off the Page

In conjunction with the Scribblers Festival (previous post), art instillations inspired by books, paper and print are being exhibited around Claremont town centre. Called “Off the Page”, the art installations by 10 artists can mostly be found in shop windows. At the Lane Bookshop, UK artist, Jennifer Collier, has recycled pages of the local “Post” newspaper, to produce a typewriter.

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Claremont – Scribblers Festival

Coming up in May at the Goods Shed, just north of Claremont station, is the Scribblers Festival for kids and families. Celebrating both literature and art, the festival will have lots of activities for young people. A vintage caravan is already in place, its windows decorated with a book theme, and ready to act as a studio for podcasts of interviews with authors.

Claremont Scribblers Festival


Shenton Park – Book Bazaar 2

Just a second mention that the second-hand books on sale at the Book Bazaar (see previous blog) are an interesting selection and are well-displayed in sections in alphabetical order. Under Australian fiction, found these two interesting novels.
“Gang of Four” by local writer, Liz Byrski, is her first published novel in which she establishes her style of serious chic lit for 50 plus women. “Watershed” by Adelaid-based Indigenous writer, Fabienne Bayet-Charlton is set on the iconic Murray River.

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Shenton Park – Book Bazaar

This weekend, the Book Bazaar at 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park has a half-price sale running until 5pm today and from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) morning. During the sale paperback fiction sells for $1 each. This store is also normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The huge array of books have mostly been discarded by the State Library and are all in good condition. If you can’t make it this weekend, the next sale will be held on 20 and 21 April 2018.
The Book Bazaar is run by the Spine and Limb Foundation Inc.

Book Bazaar Shenton Park