There are twenty-eight distinctive narrative voices in this anthology of new writing from Australia’s west. Combining short pieces of fiction with creative non-fiction, The Kid on the Karaoke Stage & Other Stories is a quirky and memorable collection that will resonate long after you close its covers.
Acclaimed author Robert Drewe says: ‘These stories do more than just strike a chord: they resonate with the WOW! factor’. Brenda Walker says: ‘This whole collection is brimming with original and vibrant writing’ while Bookseller+Publisher suggests you ‘Pick up this book if you appreciate home-grown literature, and marvel at the talent that resides in the West.’
Contributors include: Amanda Curtin (Winner, University of Canberra National Short Story Competition), Jon Doust (Longlist, 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award), Goldie Goldbloom (Winner, 2008 AWP Novel Award, Jerusalem Post short fiction prize), Pat Jacobs (Winner, WA Premier’s Book Awards), Alice Nelson (Winner, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist) and many more.
is publisher of adult fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry at Fremantle Press. She is also an award-winning author of short fiction whose work has appeared in literary journals across Australia.
‘The authors all have links to Western Australia, but their ‘moments of realisation’ are refreshingly global, particularly in the later stories. There are coming-of-age stories, off-kilter stories, sad ones, stories of internal and external landscapes, and a few that are wonderfully strange…’ — Angela Meyer, Australian Book Review
‘This is one of the best books I’ve read of any genre and that’s coming from someone who normally avoids short story collections.’ — Pelican
‘quirky and memorable …’ — IshopPerth
‘What is most striking about The Kid on the Karaoke Stage is its stories’ range of style and genre, a range which seems to suggest that Fremantle Press has generously – and quite unusually – created a collection that includes both the voices of writers who have mastered their craft and those who are still very much finding their voice.’ — Text Journal