Carol Amos, President of NEW Writers’ Group Inc, welcomed us to our first onsite Parramatta gathering in two years of Covid on Saturday, 26 March. We lined up outside for the group photo (inside it’s masks on always) and a kind passerby took this shot with Mihaela’s camera. Special thanks to UNE Sydney at Parramatta for this ideal venue. Kudos to Eric and Chris for tech support with Sue, Carol and the Cartwrights for ideas on Dialogue, and everyone for turning up on an unpredictably rainy day.
GATHERINGS UNE Sydney at 28 George Street Parramatta Queries:
Saturdays 3-5pm: Sign in 2:50-3:05 Ground floor entrance April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, Sept 10, Nov 12 Attendance: $5 for onsite gatherings Free for financial members and carers Please wear well fitted masks.
On 12 February, we took up our annual challenge of ‘rating’ completely different works of two minutes duration. We enjoyed all the contributions and the judge would have been happy to give out multiple book awards, but there was only one copy. Congratulations to Geneva Valek who won in a photo finish. We welcome into our Pop Up Zine 2022 all entries (except those being developed as longer works for a future we hope to hear about!)
Book Award – Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna – which won the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for YA.
Valentine’s DaySpoken WordVal’s Rules: 2 mins of your original take on love/romance – the joy the despair the mundane. Solo, no music, no props, no intros, English only. You lose marks for unnecessary swearing and going over time. Book award!
We’ll also swap news on our latest reading and writing and discuss the NWG Inc’s 2022 calendar before wrapping up with Open Mic: your original work any topic, 2 mins max. Zoom Link:
1st March ZineWest 2022 Writing Entries open – entry form available soon.
Saturday 12 March 11:30 am Launch of Stay A While, 6th edition of Mihaela Cristescu’s Romanian /Australian bi-lingual anthologies. State Library of NSW.
Saturday 26 March, 3-4:30 pm Writing Exercise and discussion plus Open Mic. Details to come.
NEW Writers Group Inc secretary, Mihaela Cristescu chatted on 17 November, to Jim Taggart and Darryn Cape-Davis, on Spotlight, Alive 90.5 about our Writing Parramatta project. Jim and Darryn read poems by Marina Robins, The Tropics888 and Peter Cartwright. Mihaela brought to the studio a Covid-delayed birthday cake to celebrate the first year of the show! Listen to the podcast here
Image: Reflections by Marina Robins won Best Image Award in WP21.
Saturday, 13th November, 2021, we gathered on Zoom to explore the collection of poems, images and stories published during this year on Parramatta themes. This project is part of Writing Parramatta 2021 which has been supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.
Justine Youssef is an artist currently living and working across unceded Darug and Gadigal Lands. Through moving image, performance, scent and installation, their practice engages with moments and places that reconfigure authoritative realities. They have been awarded the 2019 John Fries Award (The Copyright Agency) for their work ‘Under the table I learn how to feed you’, and held their first solo exhibition ‘All Blessings, All Curses’ at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Further to this, Youssef was a founding co-director of Pari, an artist-run space in Parramatta, and the Professional Practice Coordinator at the National Association for the Visual Arts. Image Credit: Joe Brennan
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2021 3-4:30 ZOOM – Readings, Awards with Elizabeth Chang and Luke Carman In 2022 we hope to add back in – food and giant book raffle!
Our cover features Galah, by one of our contributing artists, Sandra Borri. Poems, stories, images and a little reminiscence re 15 years of finding interesting and diverse creativity in Western Sydney. More info @