Street Musicians – Launch

Romanian/Australian Anthology

Experiment Farm Cottage, Parramatta

11 March 2023, 11:30am – 1:30 pm

Launched by Luke Carman

Readings, Live Music, Refreshments

Free Entry

Street Musicians is Volume 7 of Mihaela Cristescu’s bilingual anthology series for Romanian and Australian writers, illustrated by Luminita Serbanescu and edited by Mihaela Cristescu and S.E. Crawford. The anthologies are first published and launched in Romania and then launched in Australia. Due to renovations at the State Library of NSW, which has hosted past launches, we will welcome you to the historic venue, Experiment Farm Cottage, at 9 Ruse Street, Harris Park, in Parramatta, NSW. 

This Romanian/Australian annual series is supported by NEW Writers’ Group Incorporated which is based in Parramatta. Many Western Sydney writers have contributed to one or more volumes, together with Romanian writers from Romania, Australia and other countries.
See also Code-Mixing Poetry on FB or our Rom/Aus page on this website for updates.

NB. This is a smaller venue than at the State Library so please RSVP  or to Mihaela via Code-Mixing Poetry by 12 February. 

 

 

 

Parramatta Expression 2023

In 2023, NWG Inc will publish Parramatta images by local artists and invite Western Sydney writers to respond with an *ekphrastic poem or short prose. We are looking for images that have a hint of story, movement or mood. Here is an example by Michaela Simoni (first published in ZineWest 2022). Your work might be in a very different style, but we hope this image gives you a clue to the depth we are looking for.

 

The Ekphrastic project is open to all creatives in Parramatta and Western Sydney generally. These works will be published in a Pop Up Zine 2023 and some will also be republished in our digital Expression which is a good place for images. In January we will be sending around an entry form for writers, but art entries are open now, to help get the project underway by January:  Parramatta Expression:  ENTRY FORM (ART)

Parramatta Expression will also publish a print edition of our journal Expression which will include the works of a small 2022 NWG Inc workshop group that focussed on stories longer than we can usually print publish plus some poetry from ZineWest award-winning poets.

*Ekphrasis: “Description” in Greek… An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.”https://www.poetryfoundation.org/

 “Basically, an ekphrasis is a literary description of art. Like other kinds of imagery, ekphrasis paints a picture with words. What makes it different from something like pictorialism is that the picture it paints is itself a picture: ekphrasis stages an encounter between representations in two mediums, one visual and one verbal.” https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/

Parramatta Expression 2023 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.

 

ZineWest 2022 Launch and Prizes

ZineWest 2022, our 16th edition, was launched at the Harry Todd Band Hall on Sunday 16 October on a sunny day in Parramatta. Around 15 writers read from their works, Luke Carman gave his usual amazing response to the writing, prizes were won and raffle tickets drawn. Food featured Sahtein Lebanese Feasts thanks to Sue Chamoun. Carol Amos (NWG Inc President) gave us a quick summation of our twenty years and we celebrated with cake!  Congratulations to all with a special cheer for our visual artists whom we love to publish. Cover image: Kathryn Munro.  Gallery photos here.

You can purchase a copy or two from our shop!

PRIZES AND AWARDS:
Writing: 1st and Best Prose ($400) Danielle Catherine; 2nd ($300) Nic Lesley; 3rd and Best Poem ($200) Peter Cartwright; Highly Commended (Giramondo Titles) J. Marahuyo, Norm Fairbairn, Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan; Editors’ Writing Award  (Australiana by Yumna Kassab) Marion Claire

Art: Best Image ($100) Sandra Borri; Runner-up (Book Award) Erin Macnaught

 

 

ZineWest 2022 Book Awards

The cash prizes are great but here are some of the terrific Australian titles to be won too as awards – or by luck in the door prizes and giant raffle. All three of these authors once won ZineWest. Joins us on Sunday 16 October for the launch of ZineWest 2022.

 

ZineWest 2022 Launch

All welcome to the launch of our 16th edition of ZineWest.
SUNDAY, 16 October, 2022
10:45 am for brunch (featuring Sahtein Feasts and salad snacks) 
11:15 am Readings, Prizes and Giant Raffle
12:45 pm NWG Inc’s 20th Anniversary Cake

HARRY TODD BAND HALL Jubilee Lane Parramatta
Street Parking. 10-15 minutes walk from Parramatta Station.

ENTRY: $10 includes door prize ticket (Free for primary age and younger)
ZineWest: $15.00 (Contributors first copy $5)

MC: Carol Amos, President NWG Inc
ZW Editor: Sue Crawford
Writing Judge: Luke Carman
Art Judge: Hayley Megan French 

PRIZES AND AWARDS
Writing: 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200
Highly Commended: Giramondo Titles
Editors’ Pick: Book Award
Art: 1st $100, Runner-up: Book award

Poetry Matters – NWG Inc 10/9/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Saturday, 10 September, 2022, 3-5pm   
 UNE, 28 George Street, Parramatta  
 Please sign in downstairs 2:50-3:05 pm 
 Please note we wear face masks. No food/drink except bottled water .  
 Bi-lingual poet and translator Mihaela Cristescu will get us thinking about poetry and then,  whether you’re a poet or not, we’ll help fix a poem that  needs help and maybe write a limerick. 

 Please bring a poem of your own to read AND/OR one of your favourite poems by someone else and tell us what you value about it. NB Our usual rule is no reading of works not written by the reader! So here’s your chance to break the rule…

 

ZineWest 2022 Launch

Sunday, 16th October

Harry Todd Band Hall, Jubilee Lane, Parramatta 
(Based within Jubilee Park in walking distance from Parramatta Station)

 

 

10:45 am: Morning Tea / Chat

11:15 am – 12:45 pm: Readings, Prizes, Giant Book Raffle 

Entry: $10 includes two door prize tickets and covers venue hire and insurance

ZW22: $15
Contributors: Please collect your first copy at $5 at reception table

MC: Carol Amos, President NWG Inc

Judges: Luke Carman (writing) and Hayley Megan French (art)

 

ZineWest 2022 Publishing List

Congratulations to the writers who have an entry selected for ZineWest 2022.  (Image: Mihaela Cristescu.) 

ALL entrants are welcome to offer work to our Pop Up Zine 2022, a project where we we can freely discuss reviews and edits. 

 

ZW2022 Publication List

Carly Bertuccio – High Voltage

C.A Broadribb – Fairies

Peter Cartwright – The Bloke Who’d …

Victoria A Cartwright – Life is (my Loom)

Danielle Catherine – Haircuts 1 to 3

Marian Claire – Delay

Danny Draper – No Barrier the Highway

Marie Dustmann – Contacts

Norm Fairbairn – To Die Upon the Sea

Kerstin Ferrol – The Cold Skin that …

Sophie Hall – Roadside Assistance

Myra Koch – Old Man Harold

Ilona Krueger – Cornflower Joy

Harold Legaspi – Fifties

Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan – Eric the Elver

Artelle Lenthall – Wolfie and Son

Nic Lesley – Runs in the Family

Louise Loomes – Paper Man

J. Marahuyo – Before the Rain

Jo Mularczyk – The Final One Hundred

Denise Newton – Tree Huggers

Arna Radovich – Catching Poems

Michaela Simoni – Rear Vision of my Time

Jake Tarasenko – The Better

The Tropics888 – For us to Keep

Paul Traynor – The Submission

Dannielle Viera – Scared Stiff

 

 

Vale Thomas Thorpe

It is with sadness we advise that our friend and colleague Thomas Thorpe has passed away, shortly after his wife Jennifer. To the family we extend our deepest sympathies.

Our poet colleague, Romanian Australian Loredana Tudor-Tomescu, knew Thomas through the literary group Poetry at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. This led to Thomas becoming a contributor to Mihaela Cristescu’s Romanian/Australian Anthologies along with several other SMSA members.

 

Distance prevented Thomas from readily attending NEW Writers’ Group Inc’s meetings, however on one memorable occasion (before the pandemic halted onsite celebrations) he came via three sets of transport to a NWG Inc Anthology dinner in Parramatta – to our delight.

Thomas had a wonderful reading voice, and we wish we had heard more. He was ever keen to promote and support other writers, bringing to poetry conviction, warmth and understanding.

Here is the brief description of himself that Thomas wrote for one of the Romanian/Australian anthologies – Between Dusk and Dawn.

Born and grew up in England.  A geographer by training. Officer in Royal Air Force. A ‘ten quid Pom’, arrived in Australia by ship in 1962. One of the foundation staff of Australian Catholic University. A lover of poetry since school days, who occasionally puts pen to paper.’

 A poem by Thomas Thorpe will be included in Street Musicians, the 7th edition of Mihaela Cristescu’s Romanian/Australian bi-lingual anthologies, by permission of his family.

 Video link of Thomas Thorpe  reading at Romanian Rhythm in Sydney, State Library of NSW, 2016