I lived aboard Niki, an Adriatic style boat, in the local Fishing Boat Harbour. She was built in 1963 from jarrah planks an inch thick, by Marko and Drago Sambraillo, the last of Fremantle’s traditional boat builders in their yard on the Mews Road waterfront.   Coaxed along by an ancient Perkins diesel engine, Niki’s flared bow happily punched through heavy seas. Her large hold once contained ice and freshly caught fish. It had now been converted into cosy accommodation – warm in the winter, cool in the summer. The air-conditioning was simple – heavy hessian cray sacks laid on … Continue reading TONY AND THE PIG FAT: Roger Garwood


My husband would be the first to admit he’s not one of the great romantics and he’s given me some very odd presents over the years. Think secondhand breadmaker on my 30th birthday – every woman’s dream. But the most marriage-threatening gift he ever gave me was a day-old lamb he’d rescued from euthanasia. We’d moved from Perth to our barely-converted two-room shed in Margaret River, but he was back in the city for a fortnight’s work. He was acting with good intentions – “it’s company for you” – but no consultation or practical thought (what would the lamb and … Continue reading A LAMB IS NOT A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR: Danielle Berryman

UNCHARTED: Lizz Clarke

The billowing black sail flaps around us. Grief emblazoned upon it. Some days the sail is full of memories and pain and I struggle to navigate these uncharted waters. Pulling wildly at the edges, I have no control, my ship threatens to capsize. My crew are young and learning to try and harness this sail for themselves. Some days they are dangerously high in the rigging, fighting with one arm to regain control. Trying to repair the fixtures that have been pulled loose, ripped from the mast in this storm. Other days, they refuse to come above decks and I … Continue reading UNCHARTED: Lizz Clarke

Welcome to Fremantle Writers

Fremantle Writers is a collaboration of writers across many genres and we’d like you to be involved. We are an open-ended forum for ideas, submissions and discussion. The objective is to be community-driven not committee-driven. Please join us and share your stories and suggestions as to how you would like to see the group progress. Subscribe to the site by filling in your email via the ‘Follow’ button on this page. The most important aspect of the site is to feature your stories. With that in mind feel free to send submissions of up to 6000 words to We … Continue reading Welcome to Fremantle Writers


“Nah, like I said mate, you would never, ever catch me riding any sort of bike without a helmet; too bloody dangerous, I value my health and safety a lot more than that.  Do you know, seven out of every ten pushbike riders have experienced some sort of serious accident, usually head-related?  Nah, always look after your body, Jerry, and it’ll look after you.  Anyway, I’ll just finish this and we’ll get cracking, eh?” He took a final, deep drag on his cigarette, flicked it into the garden and walked to the back of the ute.  As he was slipping … Continue reading BLUE DUST DAY: Gary McHugh