ZineWest 2018 Launch update

Cover Image: L. Marsden

All welcome Bring your friends and family!
ZW18 Print zine launch and after, ZW Word… Saturday 13th October
UNE Sydney,  232 Church Street, Parramatta.
Launch: 11:30 am finger food  and group photo
Noon – 1:30 pm: Readings, prizes, giant raffle
Entry: $10. Zines: $10 (Contributors get one free)
Prizes announced at the launch – no warning!
Writing: 1st = $400, 2nd and 3rd = Giramondo titles (NWG Inc’s co-sponsor is the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU.
Art: 1st = $100; plus Runner-up (private donors)
ZW Word 2:00 pm Win $100 for three minutes work! – Details below

Launch speaker: Rob Field, director UNE Sydney; Hosts: Carol Amos, Pres of NWG Inc, and her committee; Co-ord: Sue Crawford (ed. ZW); Judges: Luke Carman (writing), Sophia Kouyoumdjian (images); ZW WORD MC: Adam Marsden; ZW Word judges: Jason Gray, Kate Brown; Guest musician: Fernando Andres.

ZW Word’s Open Mic is a friendly hour of spoken word which follows the launch at 2:15. If you have time (or know someone else who likes a turn at the mic) sign up at 2:00 pm
1st=$100 (private donor) Runner-up awards = Titles from SWEATSHOP
ZW Word rules: English only, solo only, no props/singing/dancing, no lectures, all your own work, 16 years and over,THREE minutes only…
$2 entry if you haven’t already paid $10 to attend the launch.
NOTE: at both events primary school children are free entry but content is suited to 16 years and over.

See you there!

ZineWest 2018 Publication List

It is a wonderful challenge to select a publication list for ZineWest. Some pieces that did not go on the list had verve and relevance, so as always we hope those writers will present their entries at ZineWest WORD which follows the print zine launch – details below. But first the list:

(32 writers)
Frances Gia Phung An – Using The Toilet
C.A. Broadribb – Moon, Peace, Between
Kate Brown – Share If You Agree
Peter Cartwright – The Twenty Year Affair
Victoria Cartwright – Fresh
Danielle Catherine – Murder in a Westfield Parramatta Cinema
Lindy Courtney – The Masterpiece
Terry Dingwall – Photos
Danny Draper – Was That You
Alexander Donoghue – Shoal Craft
Robert Dunn – Sunkissed
Eric Esber – Yesterday
Norm Fairbairn – Just One Time
Fayroze – Let’s Start Again
Damian Fedele – Western Arguments
Michele Freeman – I Guess You Call Us Westies
Sian Furniss – Him
Jason Gray – Bad, Boy + Honor
Nix Hamilton – Unbearable Tunes
Lisel Herrmann – Snowflakes
Wafa Kulsoom Khan – The Plan
Sime Knezevic – Airflow
Morgana Ladrina – Haunted Ontologies of Desire
Peter Lewis – The Reassignment
Zena Maghchouch – The War Within
Jo Mularczyk – The Day the Technology Stopped
Kathryn Neto – Extrude
Paul O’Loughlin – Focus
Michaela Simoni – The Closing Ceremony
Dannielle Viera – The Tree
Dona Samson Zappone – Grandma’s Lament
Annie XY Zhang – A Bush Barely Burning

UNE Sydney, 232 Church Street, Parramatta
(opposite campus reception at 211)
11:30 am Finger food, drinks
Noon-1:30 pm Readings Prizes Giant Raffle
Chat, more food, photos…
Entry: $10; Zine: $10. Copies can be mailed – small postage fee applies.
We hope to offer first copy free to all writers and artists included in the zine.

ZW WORD follows at 2:15 pm with some great pieces!
Invite your friends to go in the Open mic or try it yourself…
$2 entry unless you’ve already paid for launch entry

ZineWest 2016 Judge’s Comments

Luke Carman ZW16ZineWest 2016
It was not an easy task to cast judgment on the submissions for this year’s ZineWest. The standard was higher than ever, and each entry offered a unique voice and vision.

The first submission I read was the hot stabbing words of a wounded lover in the sharply written poem, ‘Years Ago’.

The next, ‘Parental Rights’, a story about a new father of sorts, is one that leaves a stomach-knotting twist in the reader.

‘Hash Tag’ by contrast, is a poem displaying considerable formal ingenuity – presenting as a series of tweets on love, beauty, crime and the knife edge of history.

‘Lacrimosa’ is a portrait that thrums forward with a melancholy rage at unkind fate, in which the hauntings of the past revise and reoccur like the whirling of the fan in the hallway.

‘A Homecoming’ takes us atop its mountains for a vivid view of terra cotta tiles and metallic blue rooftops surrounding a slender spire of an old church. From there we drink in the undulating hills that bound the valley of our narrator’s memories.

‘Getting On’ brings us, by turns both grim and despairing, down laneways in the backstreets of Westmead, where we come face to face with the grotesque lust of a pig-eyed dealer, and the distant voice of a father.

In ‘A Journey’, a bus carries us lazily through a graveyard, and we peek for a moment into the memories of an old woman and her daydreams of youth, the cool fresh breezes and smiling faces beneath coconut trees, before breaking back into the present by way of a tattooed skin-head with a heartless claim on the country.

Death shows its face in ‘The Place Where Things Aren’t Just Ready Yet’: Not the grinning death-mask of the Jolly Roger, or the Grim Reaper draped in black, but a cyphered saint of sorts, who holds the frail petals of a newborn’s hand, and takes a last lingering look at a mother and father in mourning.

‘Signs’ is another work that celebrates the literal, in this case, a poem of found words, an ingenious rereading of the symbolic landscape that we encounter every day of our lives, bringing the posted signs of life to poetic effect.

The art that is celebrated in ‘The roots of my future daughter’ is the exquisite comfort of home a mother sees in the petite figure of her daughter as she tugs meticulously at the kinks in her Afro – grinding with teary eyes at the blackness that seems, for a moment at least, to be weighing her glowing girl down.

‘The Great Tinder Escape’ meanwhile, tells a very different story about parenting, one in which a single-dad shares a salacious story on the sidelines of a kids’ soccer game while a mother battles with a screaming brat on the opposite side of the oval.

‘Running’ is a story about a date too, but this one is between a girl who can make fire with the snap of her fingers and a man whose ice kisses and fleeting touches leave her breathless.

In ‘The Black, Red and White Door’ our narrator has a date with the majestic cedars of Lebanon. The trees stretch out their branches and welcome her home and her mind floods with memories of a grandmother peeling potatoes: two beautiful white curls hanging out from under the scarf on either side of her face.

Jack, the narrator of ‘Where do you live?’ has a date to keep too, and a journey to take. He travels to the inner-west for a girl named Natalie, whose subcontinental blouse, Norwegian leggings, African beads, Argentine beret, and long blonde hair leave Jack afraid to admit that he lives in the Western Suburbs.

‘Unit 101’ is a spare story of opening locked doors and standing with your neighbours in a solidarity of broken English. There’s a scream, swearing, glass breaking and a man yells ‘I didn’t kill her!’ as the police drag him from a house and a child wails in the middle of the street.

‘The morning after’ is a poem that puts us in the mind of a man whose lawyer calls to tell him that he’s stuffed up big time, as if he didn’t know it himself, standing by the letter box, checking for mail, for no good reason at all.

The poetry of ‘The door and the glasses’ is an enigmatic affair, by contrast, and at its centre is the favoured moment when ‘she’ read under the bed light, her eyes on a story written in small letters with flashy illustrations on metal, before the poem turns, like a lock, in one drop of wine.

‘Propane Lullabies’ is likewise a poetic effort that is hard to pin down to a single interpretation: it sweeps across the highways and cottages of Black Town with an ecstatic abandon close to apocalyptic in its revelatory witnessing of life in our unique suburban lot.

‘Grandma Violet’ however, is unmistakable in its intentions: giving us a portrait of a strong, proud woman with her secret mementos and silver dollars.

The hero of ‘Tabbouleh for thought’ gives us a different lesson in pride, and strength. The great task here being to put aside the self, to see the chaos of family in a different, more forgiving light.

In ‘Lincoln’s Rock’, the family we meet is in the chill wind sweeping around the bowl of Jamison Valley collecting the Eucalyptus scent of summer’s last breath. A wooden sign beside them warns them to beware, to brace for the loss that they, and the reader, feel coming.

‘Pemulwuy’s Plains’ is a poetic address to local histories – with ripe lillipilli and rallying mist mingling with the whispering of Bennelong’s smoke in the humid air.

‘Light it all up’ is a poetic address of another kind – a heart beating ride through the heat and the nowhere lights that lead to blue-glassed office blocks. There we catch the reflection of our train as we pass by, and the poet dreams of a fire being lit that might bring it all down.

At another station, in another world of sorts, ‘The grey man’ grants us a synasthesiastic portrait of a homeless man cocooned in colourlessness outside Central station.

The subject of ‘Diana’, meanwhile, is a woman with coarse black skin and frizzy hair who digs in the white clay soil with an AK 47 by her side and a suicide pill round her neck.

In ‘Odes to New Zealand’ the lost birds say good bye to poplars tall and golden, and the poet wonders what the land will be like once the kiwi follow them, sheep like, into the jaws of wolves disguised as friends.

The times are changing in ‘The Healing’ too: the poem begins with a loss of light, words losing their lyricism, love its poetry. The poet dwells anxiously in the arid desert of former dreams, sees beauty through the lens of sorrow.

In ‘The Waiting’, steam rises from the drains and dances like fragmented sentences – as if to remind you of the arrival you have missed, and the way your soul itself has become a fragment of discrete symbols.

‘Wildfire’ is a poem set between the music of angels who watch with black-hole eyes, and the rapturous fire dance they sing into existence flows through scarred veins, and leaves a man lost in a maze of craving.

There are no angels in the poem ‘Shooting’, but there are some minor miracles: a shooting star, nervous love budding between a guy who buffs floors and an Aldi checkout girl, the blossoming of a poet’s hope in the grand majesty of life.

‘Dripping with Honey’ is itself a minor miracle: an early breakfast in the Empire room on the Loyalty islands, the brilliant sun adding its own sparkle to the flower gardens and the empty beaches by electric blue waters that fill this lovely story.

The waters in the poem ‘When’ are bodies of disparity, the colours are of running paint, the weather is a maelstrom of poison that seizes the heart of the poet. It ends on a question, the same question every one of us must face, the one frozen on the poet’s lips, in the icy waters of eternity.

Competition results ZineWest 2016


From Left: Carol Amos, Anne Benjamin, Sue Chamoun, Julie Owens MP, Yummna Kassab and judge Luke Carman

Competition results announced 8th October, for ZineWest 2016

Writing Judge, Luke Carman: First place – Yumna Kassab (Unit 101), Second Place – Anne Benjamin (The Morning After), Third Place – Mihaela Cristescu (The Door and the Glasses).  Highly Commended: Sue Chamoun (The Black, Red and White Door), Oliver Jacques (Where do you Live?)  and Majidi Warda (Propane Lullabies)

Editor’s Award – Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis (Pemulwuy’s Plains)


Julie Owens congratulates Geoff Sellman on Best Image Award ZW16

Julie Owens congratulates Geoff Sellman on Best Image Award ZW16

Art Judge,  Sophia Kouyoumdjian: Best Image Award – Geoff Sellman (Abstract in Trees #4)  Runner-up – fayroze (South Parade, Auburn)

More photos are posted on New Writers Group’s FB Group or ZineWest FB Page and later on this site….




ZineWest WORD:

Spoken Word for ZW16 Entrants was won by Kayote and runner-up was Akshay Chougaonkar. Everyone scored well.

Open Mic was won by Robert Dunn, with Peter Cartwright as runner-up. This one was an even closer contest and the judges sought a third opinion from MC Adam Marsden.

Judges were Carol Amos (NWG Pres) and Sue Crawford (Ed. ZW)

Thank you writers and artists and thank you judges, sponsors  and volunteers for making this a memorable tenth edition of ZineWest at the wonderful venue provided by UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta.


ZineWest 2016 Launch 8th October

Saturday, 8th October, 2016
UNE FutureCampus
232 Church Street Parramatta (opposite Campus reception)

Below is a draft program but other things you need to know :

“Perfect” binding costs have greatly increased, doubling our unit price. We have reverted to saddle-stitch, but price of zines remains $10 and readers and artists with a work included in the zine still get their first copy free. (Please buy one or more copies too though, for your favourite auntie, neighbour etc. The more we spread copies of the zine around the more people see everyone’s work.)

Entry to the launch is $10 for adults and all the volunteers, even our Lebanese chef, pay too. Writing Prizes are co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU


11:30 am: or a bit earlier for food and drink
12 Noon: Rob Fields (campus director) and Julie Owens MP get us started
12:15 pm First Reading Bracket (with long poems and stories we’ll do extracts this year)
12:25 pm Writing Awards with Luke Carman (judge)
12:40 pm Second Reading Bracket
12:55 pm Art Prize with Sophia Kouyoumdjian (judge)
1:05 pm Last two readings
1:10 pm Editor’s award
1:15 pm Door Prize and Raffle (we have a super pile of books for you)
1:30 pm close, photos, last coffees/teas

2:15 pm ZW WORD begins with spoken word  for invited ZW writers plus an Open Mic

ZW WORD is free entry if you’ve already paid for the Launch; otherwise it’s a gold coin donation.

Regarding ZW WORD – please feel free to sign on even if you read at the launch. We give preference to people who haven’t read anything yet, but there’s usually time for everyone. Your friends or family might like to give it a go. A small prize plus lots of applause to be won. You have a max though of TWO MINUTES.

NWG Inc Anthology 2016

After a great day of workshopping for ZineWest, it’s time to start work on our in-house anthology for financial members. The rules are similar, free entry, up to three pieces, 800 words max for prose, 60 lines (including empty lines) for poetry. If you use pieces originally submitted to ZW we still need a new entry form:) Julieann Wrightson is editing this year with help from NWG committee. If you want to workshop your piece please email us. Workshop or no, light editing will be given. Looking forward to an interesting collection!


ZineWest 2016 Publication List

Congratulations to the thirty-two writers listed below. But also many thanks to other entrants who also wrote interesting works we hope they will share at ZW WORD, the spoken word gig that follows the ZW Launch. We’ll post more details on the Launch and ZW WORD (8th October at UNE FutureCampus) but meanwhile, here’s the list: (sorry, the format has wiped out the given name intitials! Will restore later.)

PUBLICATION LIST for ZineWest 2016

  1. Bah – The Roots of my future Daughter
  2. Benjamin – The Morning After
  3. Broadribb – Grandma Violet
  4. Cartwright – Getting On
  5. Chamoun – The Black, Red and White Door
  6. Coombs-Valeontis – Pemulwuy’s Plains
  7. Cristescu – The Door and the Glasses
  8. Crocker – Shooting
  9. Davis – Running
  10. Draper – Hash Tag/The Chat
  11. Dunn – Signs
  12. Fairbairn – When
  13. Garwood – A Journey
  14. Catherine – Tabbouleh for Thought
  15. Haiek – The Great Tinder Escape
  16. Herrmann – A Homecoming
  17. Humbert – Wildfire
  18. Jacques – Where do you Live?
  19. Kassab – Unit 101
  20. Koparan – The Healing
  21. Fayroze – Light it all Up
  22. Miller – Odes to NZ
  23. Mills – Years Ago
  24. Myers – The Waiting
  25. Nguyen – Lacrimosa
  26. Prakash – Diana
  27. Radovich – Lincoln’s Rock
  28. See – Parental Rights
  29. Sutton – Dripping with Honey
  30. Warda – Propane Lullabies
  31. Zhang – The Place Where things
  32. Zuglias – The Grey Man

Romanian Rhythm in Sydney

12512699_1664541220470521_3928732469975471150_nFive writers from NEW Writers’ Group Inc  have been invited to read short pieces of their original work at this event. NWG has an ongoing friendship with Romanians in Sydney  through sharing each other’s writing, cheering each other on. We much admire our colleagues who create works in more than one language.  Mihaela Cristescu’s latest Romanian / English poetry volume IT Solander will be launched by author and filmmaker Anamaria Beligan. Other writers and performers offer poetry, music, puppetry.  Details Here

Saturday, 26th March, 2016, 11:00 am in the magnificent Dixson Room at the State Library of New South Wales. Free entry, refreshments included.

Some of us will make it back to FutureCampus in time to join in the gathering at 3pm!

NWG New Venue Merrylands

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

Google Map

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

ZineWest 2015 Results

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.


L. Armbruster
A. Benjamin
M. Brayshaw
CA Broadribb
B. Campbell
L. Carter
P. Cartwright
S. Chamoun
T. Cheney
D. Cikusa
S. Chiba
K. Coombs-Valeontis
L. Courtney
B. Curby
s. duffy
Dennis J. Pale
J. Gray
N. Fairbairn
L. Herrmann
M. Humbert
O. Jacques
N. Johnson
J. Joy
Y. Kassab
M. Koparan
A. Lenthall
L. Marsden
A. Miller
A. Noman
P. O’Loughlin
A. Radovich
J. deStaic
M. Sutton
Y. Tambiah