What you need to know about Saturday, 25th July NWG gathering at new venue!
Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room, first floor) 17 Miller Street Merrylands 3-5 pm
You will need to buzz at the main entrance (Miller Street)and we can let you in. It’s still really helpful if you arrive just before 3 pm so we minimise interruptions, but you won’t be locked out if running late! Just in case, handy to have someone’s phone number. Please note that on 25th Saturday, we’ll be running ZineWest 2015 workshops from 1-3 pm so people will be leaving as you’re arriving.
We had an excellent turnout on our first day at this venue and look forward to seeing many more of you at our new location. Remember we have to charge $2 for your company and offer a very basic tea/coffee/biccie with it. Refills cost another $2 (cheaper than MHC though).
Also, several people who traveled by bus from the Parramatta interchange said it was a quick trip.
Any queries, please email us
As always, we are grateful to every entrant. The editing team this year was Sue Crawford plus four guest editors, Lyn Leerson, Mihaela Cristescu, Robyne Young and Ruth Wyer, all with different opinions. It makes for a diverse list of traditional and more contemporary, reflecting our desire to sample what people are really writing in Western Sydney. Many a time an interesting work is not selected and entrants not on the list shouldn’t assume their work lacked support or appreciation in the team. No one editor gets it all their way; we have to agree enough to form a list, see below. If you’re on the list but no email has reached you, please contact us and we’ll re-send.
Entrants not on the list should have received notification by now. We want to hear as many as possible of you at ZineWest WORD.
Launch details and ZW WORD details will be confirmed shortly, however the Launch date is set for Saturday, 10th October, 2015, 11:30 pm (with food) for a 12 noon start in Merrylands or Parramatta.
ZW15 PUBLICATION LIST
Dennis J. Pale
Dear Financial members
Our anthology is open and your entries are welcome at our editors’ email address. Please read the guidelines and entry form closely before submitting. Looking forward to an excellent edition. This year’s editor is Robyne Young. Due date is Monday 24th August, 2015
NWGINC ANTHOLOGY 2015 ENTRY FORM
NWGINC ANTHOLOGY 2015 GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION
Due to the closure of Mars Hill Cafe at the 331 Church Street address (we hope this marvelous cultural centre finds fantastic new premises) New Writers Group has to move house after 10 wonderful years of writing in a coffee shop surrounded by art works. Here are our venues for the remainder of our Saturday meetings in 2015:
June 13 and 27, 3-5 pm
KPMG, 91 Phillip Street Parramatta
Please meet outside building at 3 pm to be admitted to ground floor.
July– Nov 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 3-5 pm
MILLER STREET ROOM – Merrylands Community Centre
17 Miller Street, Merrylands
We had a great time meeting Luke Carman (An Elegant Young Man, Giramondo) on 9th May. The value of his comments went beyond helping the writers whose work he was reviewing. We plan to re-cap insights from this workshop and our previous special guest events. What have we learned from experienced writers? What are we doing about it!
Saturday 23rd May is the last date our gatherings can be held at the soon-to-be-closed Mars Hill Cafe address of 331 Church Street Parramatta. Sad though we are – we’re going to celebrate the memories! Free entry, free cheesecake, revisiting some award-winning pieces and an open mic. We wish the Mars Hill Cafe all the best in their hunt for a new location – an unforgettable team with a proud community history of supporting artists, writers, musicians and the caffeine dependent….
June 13 and 27 gatherings will probably be held in Parramatta CBD but from July onwards our long-term address will change. As soon as we have confirmation we’ll give you the details. Many thanks to Sue Chamoun who scouted out all the venues.
Don’t forget the big due date of midnight, 25th May for your writing entries to ZineWest 2015 – competition for new Western Sydney writers.
(Art entries due 25th June)
Image: Linda Marsden
We hope this was not our last gathering at our wonderful home, Mars Hill cafe. Despite our anxiety it was a good day with 20 or more attending. There were nine entrants in our little in-house competition for the best short piece on Anzac – open interpretation. Winners were Brett Campbell and Linda Marsden. Brett wrote about the swiftly changing emotions and escalating danger in a beach attack from a soldier’s pov. Linda wrote about the unbearable waiting at home for news. Danny Draper won a runner’s up award for a sustained denunciation of the powers that turn war and remembrance into profit. All the poems and stories were heartfelt and insightful. Congratulations everyone and thanks to Robyne Young for organising this project. Judges were NWG inc President Carol Amos and ZW editor, Sue Crawford. Book prizes were donated poetry anthologies by Paul O’Loughlin and Mihaela Cristescu.
There is a group photo on our Face Book page taken by Sue Chamoun. The photos below were taken by Mihaela Cristescu. The top image is by Linda Marsden.
Linda Marsden, left, Brett Campbell, centre, and Danny Draper
Steps to remember
Judges Carol Amos, Sue Crawford
Juliann Wrightson read for Belinda Curby who is on the sick list
Life member Helen Dalrymple
Susan read about precious young lives
Leonie Le’ Vano at the open mic
ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Visual artists! Do you have some affinity with Western Sydney and would like your art included in this year’s ZineWest? Because we’d love to hear from you. No entry fee and the award for Best Image is $100. We publish around 30 short pieces of writing (all genre) and four or more colour images on the covers and around six grayscale plus several colour in the inside pages. Unlike writing entries, an art entry can be previously published (however not already won an award). The theme is very open to interpretation “At Home in Western Sydney” – we love to be surprised by what you think that means:) Our wonderful judge is Sophia Kouyoumdjian of Parramatta Artists Studios and she’ll be looking for quality and relevance to the theme. If you’re also a writer, note the due date for writing is 25th May, Art entries are due on 25th June.
ART ENTRY FORM
Meet writer LUKE CARMAN judge of ZineWest, 2015
Author of An Elegant Young Man
Saturday, 9th May, 3-5 pm
MARS HILL CAFÉ UPSTAIRS – confirmed, we’re at MHC!!! 331 Church St Parramatta
Luke will talk about his writing experience and comment on pieces read by attendees.
If you’d like a chance to hear Luke’s feedback on your work here’s the drill!
Participants: Bring 3 copies of your piece (one for yourself, two for us) and mark an amount that takes no more than 2 minutes to read aloud.
Choose unpublished work you’re happy to revisit.
Don’t share a piece that you plan to submit to this year’s ZineWest competition. (Luke is the writing judge. It would make the entry ineligible.)
Please submit your name and two of the entry copies by 2:45 pm
We may have more entries than can all be heard, but the discussion should be fun and thought provoking. There may be time for an Open Mic where you can have another 2 minutes!
Judge: Luke Carman
ZineWest 2015 Writers Entry Form
ZineWest is open again for all you wonderful Western Sydney scribblers who haven’t yet scored a trade publication. Genre and theme open. Free Entry.Lots more info and our guidelines on the entry form. Due 25th May First Prize $400. Western Sydney author Luke Carman who wrote the acclaimed An Elegant Young Man is our writing judge this year. For some info on Luke see his bio in SEIZURE and SWEATSHOP
Art entries We love art entries to ZineWest and invite artists to enter up to three images referencing Western Sydney – current theme is At Home in Western Sydney which you can interpret your own way! Art entries due a month later than writing on 25th June. First prize is $100. Art entry form.
MEET Alice Grundy, managing editor of Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the on-line mag SEIZURE.
AT: Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm,
Saturday 28th February.
$5 entry unless you’re a current fin mem of NWG.
Giramondo publishes established literary writers and the best up and coming authors, many from Western Sydney.
Staffed by volunteers, the ever inventive team at SEIZURE runs multiple projects, introducing new writing weekly on-line and engaging in many collaborations and creative events.
(Giramondo provides book prizes for the annual ZineWest competition run by NWG)