Celebrating Literature: The Launch of The Skeleton House by Katherine Allum 

June 10, 2024

The Fogarty Literary Award 

The Foundation was delighted to attend the launch of The Skeleton House, the highly anticipated debut novel by Katherine Allum, the 2023 Fogarty Literary Award winner. Taking place at the City of Perth Library on 6th June, guests included literature enthusiasts, aspiring writers, and community members, making it an evening of engaging conversation and literary celebration. 

The Fogarty Foundation, in collaboration with Fremantle Press, supports emerging Western Australian writers through the biennial Fogarty Literary Award. Catering to young writers aged 18 to 35, the Award fosters emerging literary voices and the telling of unique West Australian stories. Katherine Allum’s exceptional manuscript, The Skeleton House, won the third Fogarty Literary Award in 2023. This included a publishing deal with Fremantle Press, culminating in the book’s recent release. 

Katherine Allum, an American-born writer based in Western Australia, overcame pandemic challenges to craft her novel. The story portrays the journey of Meg, a mother navigating independence in her seemingly flawless marriage. This narrative, rich with emotional depth and contemporary relevance, captivated the judges and earned Allum the award. At the launch event, Katherine Allum was joined by Louise Jones, Deputy Chair of Fremantle Press. Together, they delved into the themes and inspirations behind The Skeleton House, exploring the nuances of contemporary fiction and the intricate dynamics of family, marriage, and motherhood. Their discussion provided insights into Allum’s creative process and the compelling narrative of her debut work. 

Our Chairperson, Annie Fogarty, officially launched The Skeleton House during the event. Annie’s passion for literature and dedication to supporting young writers aligns perfectly with the Foundation’s mission to nurture creativity and intellectual growth. The Foundation is proud to highlight the importance of community and support in literary journeys. 

‘We believe that early education and literacy can unlock better outcomes for all West Australians, and that learning to read, and learning to love to read, sharing stories, understanding new perspectives, makes us a better, more connected and more responsible society.’  

Annie Fogarty AM 

Guests had the opportunity to purchase copies of The Skeleton House, courtesy of Boffins Books, one of Perth’s most beloved independent bookstores. This partnership ensured that attendees could take home a piece of this special evening and immerse themselves in Allum’s well-crafted story.  

For those who attended, the event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the literary community and celebrate the voices that shape the WA literary landscape, including this significant milestone in the career of a promising new author. For those unable to make it, we recommend you get a copy of this wonderful book and enjoy Katherine’s work! 

The Skeleton House by Katherine Allum 

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