WARRANT Magazine

Introducing WARRANT MAGAZINE and its founder, Holly Blackmore 

Holly Blackmore is a “weaver of words and experience”. She founded Warrant Magazine  as a sustainable and accessible platform for young AUS/NZ creatives over two years ago.

NEW Writers Group Inc and Code-Mixing Poetry shared a table with Holly and Warrant at the  2019  MCA Zine Fair in Sydney. Today, ZineWest editor, Sue Crawford, is catching up with a few leading questions…

As “a community of conscious travelers and creatives” what do you and your contributors most want from WARRANT?

The central purpose of WARRANT is to form a community of young creatives across Australia and New Zealand. There is so much depth, variety and raw talent to be discovered in our own backyard. Collectively, I think we want to explore how to make sense of an evolving world through creative means. Employing artistic mediums to connect with ourselves and one another. READ MORE

ZineWest 2018 Awards

Writing First Place ZW18 – Annie XY Zhang

Gallery ZW18
Writing – Judge: Luke Carman
First place and Best Prose: Annie XY Zhang for A Bush, Barely Burning
Second Place: Wafa Kulsoom Khan for The Plan
Third place and Best Poem: Danny Draper for Was That You?
Highly Commended: Michele Freeman for I Guess You Call Us Westies (Comic) and Kate Brown for Share If You Agree (poem)

Editors’ Award: Peter Cartwright for The Twenty Year Affair (poem)

Art – Judge: Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Best Image Award: Micha Salloum for SkyLight (photo)
Runner-up: Dona Samson Zappone for Sunprint Landscape

ZineWest WORD – Open Mic
Judges: Jason Gray and Kate Brown
First Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu
Runner-up: Dorian Stoilescu

Writing first place award of $400 was co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU. Book prizes were from Giramondo Publishing. Door prize titles Giramondo and Sweatshop.

Cash prizes for Art and ZW Word – private donors plus book for runner-up from Sweatshop

ZineWest Guest editor – Adam Marsden


Adam Marsden

Adam Marsden

This is Adam’s second year as a guest editor for ZW. Like other guest editors he’s been published in ZineWest: a tanka collection in 2011 and a short story in 2012. Born and raised in Western Sydney, from a young age he enjoyed all forms of art – from music, to drawing, and writing, He is now enjoying the company of other writers, musicians, and artists during New Writers’ Group gatherings. He serves as a Vice President on the NWG committee.

Adam has a degree in Policing Investigations, and is currently studying a Masters of Fraud and Financial Crime. Naturally, Adam enjoys the crime genre and is composing novels in this area of interest.

Adam has been  MC at the last three ZineWest WORD events which are held after the launch of the print zine, and we hope to see him back at the mic on Saturday 11th October, Mars Hill Café for ZineWest WORD 2014. See earlier post for details on ZW WORD and the preceding launch of ZineWest 2014.

ZineWest WORD 2014 – Spoken Word and Music

Join us at ZineWest WORD our Parramatta Spoken Word and Music gig
Venue: Mars Hill Café (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

Saturday, 11th October, 2014
Gold coin entry; Open Mic – register for free, from 3:00 pm
3:30 pm Opening music bracket from Songwriting Society of Australia
3:45 pm Spoken Word for invited ZW writers
4:15 pm Second Music bracket followed by judges’ award for ZW Spoken Word comp
4:30 pm short break
4:40 pm Open Mic – This is open to any writer sixteen years or over: 3 mins max, no props, English only, solo performers, must be the original work of performer
5:10 pm Third Music bracket and Judges’ award for Open Mic
5:30 pm Close
We’d love to hear you!


Songwriting at Mars Hill Cafe

NEWS from Stewart and Snez

Songwriting and Personal Development session at Mars Hill Cafe 2 pm to 4 pm Sunday 25th November with Pete Scully (ASA, Songwriters’ Society of Australia) followed by

Western Fringe from 4 pm to 6 pm – with a Christmas touch

Contact "> Pete Scully for more info.

Current Western Fringe Compilation CD ‘Wild Women’ is progressing nicely. Launch date is set for Sat 9th Feb in Glebe.
Contact Stewart or ">Snez for more info.

Young performers at Parramatta Library for Library Lovers Day/Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day at Parramatta LibraryGerard O’Dwyer, Melda Koparan, Richard Bell and Felicity Amos joined singer-songwriter Natasha Eloise at the mic for Library Lovers’ Day at Parramatta Library on Tuesday, 14th February. Melda and Richard read their original poetry, Gerard read Romeo’s address to Juliet and Felicity read poetry written  by Lea Carswell and Liz Rule who won NEW Writers Group Inc’s recent Val Day poetry competition.

Pictured from left: Librarian Krupali Tevar, Melda Koparan, Felicity Amos, Librarian Katherine Mitchell, Natasha Eloise and Richard Bell.

It was an entertaining hour, and many thanks to the librarians who created an opportunity for young writers and performers.

The event followed the launch of the Year of Reading

ZineWest 11 News

The print zine ZineWest ’11 will be launched by the Hon. Nathan Rees MP, member for Toongabbie, NSW shadow minister for the Arts

Our musicians at the evening event, ZW WORD will be presented by Western Fringe Songwriters’ Network. They are: Stewart Peters and Desley Taylor
See event details below!


    12:30 pm food/drink
    1:15 – 3:15 pm
    Readings, Prizes, Judge’s comments
    Parramatta Heritage Centre 346 Church Street, Parramatta

    Followed in the evening by
    ZW WORD Spoken Word/Music Night
    Two Spoken Word Comps – book prizes
    • ZW11 entrants
    • OPEN MIC – register at 8:00 pm
    Music by Western Fringe Songwriters’ Network

    8:00 pm for 8:30 – 10:30 pm
    FREE ENTRY but gold coin donation for our musicians appreciated!
    Mars Hill Café (upstairs)331 Church St Parramatta

New Writers Poets 15th Feb ’10


NWG Inc and FAW Poets with Luciano Mesiti

NWG Inc poets Barbara Fern and Brian Bell joined with Lyn Leerson from FAW Parramatta and read poetry for Library Lovers Day at Parramatta Library.
Not surprisingly, one day after Valentine’s Day, the emphasis was on lurve and romance.
The lead artist was wonderful singer song-writer Luciano Mesiti who is a popular guest at Parramatta Library.
Luciano (far right) sang a combination of old favourites and his own songs ending with “Love is in the Air”.
Barbara (far left) read her story in sonnets about a bored toddler who lights upon a hidden family romance.
Brian (second right) entertained us with his dry humour on contemporary life.
Lyn (centre) read two love poems by FAW writer Danuta Unzeitig-Zakrzewska.
Sue Crawford (second left) introduced the poets.

Thank you Parramatta Library for the privilege of sharing our work in the community!

Western Fringe – Songwriters’ Network

If you are a songwriter/muso and you want to develop your
skills and contacts COME TO our first session for 2009!

331 Church Street, Parramatta (opposite Brand Smart)
SUNDAY 22nd Feb 2009
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm – FREE ADMISSION

Guest Speakers – Get your CD ready for manufacturing – Peter and Melinda
from Mad CD’s will give advice and hints on how to finish your CD and artwork

Western Fringe is a new group of songwriters and musos where you can perform your songs,
learn about different facets of the music world from music professionals and even have your songs
workshopped with experienced backing musos. Email Stewart Peters Stewart Peters Website