About HomeWord 06:

A Western Sydney Writers' Festival hosted by NWG Inc and supported by Parramatta City Council's 2006 Community Grants Scheme

HomeWord Festival 2006

HomeWord 2006 was officially launched by Parramatta City Council's Lord Mayor, David Borger on Saturday, 2nd September at Riverside Theatres. Our patron, Julie Owens MP and Councillor Andrew Wilson also joined the audience. NWG Inc loves to organise events that celebrate word-based creativity. For HomeWord we collaborate with other cultural and community groups in a program of forums, workshops, a poetry slam and performances from song-writers, poets, and other writers.

HomeWord Festival 2006 CALENDAR

State Library Poetry Slam Finals

Thurs 7 Dec 6:30pm State Library of NSW, Macquarie St Sydney

"Congrats to Melbournian Geoff Lemon who won the Slam Final which featured performances from host Miles Merrill, and poetry boy band The Bracket Creeps - the sacrificial poets for 2006! NWG Inc's Andy Petith (left) and Matt Black were among the finalists. See Pics FLICKR and report FunkRandomEcho

Mars Hill Cafe, HomeWord Heat of 2006 State Library Poetry Slam

OneWord became HomeWord for one night only on Friday November 24, when the State Library hosted the Parramatta heat of its 2nd annual Poetry Slam. Contestants were given just two minutes to wax lyrical on a topic of their choice at the slam on
Winner was the amazing Colonel Funtastico, runner-up NWG Inc's Matt Black. They both go into the finals, see details above. Congratulations!

As usual, no music or props were allowed. NWG Inc's Vice-President Nathan Judd emceed the heat (one of three city heats of the State Library Slam), with special guest Citizen Tom - see Bios - Poetry Slam. The two winners from the heat, Colonel Funtastico and NWG Inc's Matthew Black will progress to the final at the State Library on Thurs 7 Dec 6:30pm State Library of NSW, Macquarie St Sydney where they will go in the running for $1000 in prizes. In an exciting twist, city contestants will also go up against contestants from the country in 2006. Many thanks to our special guest performers Daniel Hopkins and Leroy Lee, high energy band Northwalk, and dancers from the Amaranth Belly Dance Troupe who also entertained the crowd.

Venue: Mars Hill Cafe ("where the thinkers drink") 331 Church St Parramatta (opposite Brand Smart)

See Bios - Poetry Slam for more information on our artists.

Details: Miles Merrill, 0439 482 395 or

RIVERSIDE THEATRES, Parramatta Saturday, 2nd September, 2006:

1. Poems In Conversation With Each Other, Raffertys Theatre, 12.30pm-2pm
By invitation Poet's Union presents six leading poets: Margaret Bradstock, Joanne Burns, Kerry Leves, David Musgrove, Jenni Nixon and Louise Wakeling. See Biographies for details. Free entry but registrations recommended: 0406 665 386

2. Forum: Politics & Art, Lennox Theatre, 2.15-4.15pm
Western Sydney celebrity Tim Brunero (Big Brother runner-up 2005, & The Chaser blogger) will facilitate this public forum exploring politics in literature and word-based art. Panellists include internationally renowned multi-media artist Fida Haq of Carlingford, who will present an innovative word-based presentation featuring text of the NWG Inc, and celebrated Australian poet Jennifer Maiden from Penrith. Free entry.

3. Poetry Slam Heat, Courtyard, 4.30-6.30pm
Lil Scully, president of NWG Inc, will co-host this poetry slam with spoken word maestro Miles Merrill. The slam will be a heat of the Poet's Union Slam Series. Poets, hip hop artists and performers of all levels and ages are invited to compete for prizes, and a chance to move on to the Final (date TBA). Free for audience members. (Contestants pay $5 entry to competition)

Riverside Theatres is at the corner of Church and Market Street, Parramatta. For your convenience, the bar will be made available throughout the day.

PARRAMATTA WORKSHOPS on Saturday, 9th September, 2006:

Parramatta Library, Civic place

Parramatta Town Hall, Church St Mall

All Townhall sessions held upstairs in Charles Bryne Room. Cost $5 only for each session. Bookings recommended Ph: 0406 665 386

PERFORMANCE DAY on Saturday, Mars Hill Cafe 16th September, 2006
A special edition of our usual fortnightly gathering! Singer/song-writer Stewart Peters and Songwriting Society of Australia President, Peter Scully will MC this event featuring the Western Fringe Song-writers Network and NWG Inc performers - by arrangement, contact: Stewart
Time: 3-7pm at Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta
Free entry

FREE ARTWORK DISPLAY at Parramatta Library, September 1-15
Internationally published Children's Illustrator and NWG Inc member Dion Hamill will exhibit artwork from his recent books in the library's mezzanine showcases.
Times: Library hours - Monday to Friday, 9:30am-8pm; Saturday, 9:30am-4pm; Sunday, 2pm-5pm

"Artistic Licence"

A forum on "Artistic Licence" was our first HomeWord Festival 06 event held at Riverside Theatres on the 31st May in collaboration with Sydney Writers Festival and Parramatta City Council.

Our excellent debators were:
Jayne Dyer (guest artist for SWF),
Stewart Peters (singer-songwriter),
Fida Haq (multi-media artist) and
Tim Martin ("Infinitas" Speculative Fiction bookshop).
The panel was convened by Lil Scully, President of NWG Inc.

Image: Jayne Dyer #4

For details about panelists, see our Bios Page

HomeWord 2006 PROMO (9.80 MB) courtesy of Parramatta Filmmakers

NWG Inc is very grateful to our generous 2006 sponsors who supported us by carrying our flyers and donating prizes. They are:
PSC Clothing Parramatta; Member Clothing; Greater Union Parramatta; ABC Shop Parramatta; The Laugh Garage Parramatta

"Words are the basis of most forms of cultural and artistic expression and there are many people and groups living in Western Sydney who write for a profession, who aspire to tell the stories of their urban reality, who create and perform songs, poems, films, and much more," Isabell Petrinic, Co-ordinator 2006.