New Writers Group Inc will carry on – on-line! If you attend the Parramatta gatherings please note we are not meeting again in March or April. We will review May and later dates in accordance with subsequent advice. We plan to publish some work in a pop-up online zine. Details soon.
February: How to please the reader was our first topic this year. Do our reactions as readers help us write better for our imagined fans? What techniques/topics/style do we admire? We agreed that personal opinion isn’t easy to corral.
Mihaela Cristescu and Norm Fairbairn received book awards: This Little Red Thing and Bent not Broken for reading their poetry in tribute to Valentine. Titles courtesy of SWEATSHOP See photo below.
Our second gathering for 2020, was a mock editing panel where each group had to decide between three good, but rather different pieces, for the one remaining space in an earnest new journal. It proved what we all know, that given a different editing/selection team, you will get different answers!
Writing Awards from Left: Rob Field (Director UNE Sydney, Nic Lesley (HC), Danielle Catherine (HC), Peter Cartwright (Best Poem), Alexander Donoghue (3rd Place), Hamish Spark (2nd Place), Naima Ibrahim (Winner of ZW19), Luke Carman (Judge).
Co-sponsor Writing awards the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU ; Art: private sponsors; ZW Word: private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
Editor’s Award was won by Laila Nawsheen. The prize was Yumna Kassab’s story collection The House of Youssef, (Giramondo) and presented by the author on left.
.ZWWord – Open Mic awards: From Left Carol Amos (NWG Inc Pres), Sue Crawford (ed ZW), Michaela Simoni (joint runner-up) Chris Winspear (joint runner-up) Kathryn Yuen (winner) Judges Annie Zhang and Jason Gray. Private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
ZW19 Art Awards: From left – Art Contributors Erin Macnaught, C.A. Broadribb and Michaela Simoni stood in for winner of Best Image Marina Robins and runner-up Tom Blake both unavoidably absent. On the right is Parramatta author Felicity Castagna and Rob Field UNE Sydney who did the honours!
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER AT UNE SYDNEY
232 CHURCH STREET PARRAMATTA
PRINT ZINE LAUNCH:
$10 Entry includes door prize and entry to ZW WORD
Zines @12 (contributors get first copy free)
11:30 am: Light lunch featuring Sahtein Lebanese Feasts
12 Noon – 1:30 ish …
- Address by Rob Field, Director of UNE Sydney
- Prizes with Luke Carman (writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art)
Co-sponsor for writing awards: the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU $400 1st Prize plus Giramondo Titles. Art prize $100 (private donor)
- More Readings
- Editors’ Award
- Music with Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
- GIANT RAFFLE
Entry $2 (unless you paid for the print zine launch)
2:00 pm Nibbles/drinks – sign on for Open Mic
2:15 – 3:30 pm
- MUSIC – Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
- GUEST WRITERS
- OPEN MIC – Win $100 & SWEATSHOP Titles
Judges: Jason Gray and Annie Zhang
- Rules: 2 mins only; solo; your original work; english only; no music, dance or props; preferably no rants/lectures!
Luke Carman talked about his latest book Intimate Antipathies, Giramondo Publishing. He used samples of writing from five local writers to give individual feedback and to motivate the group to “see again” what more they can bring to their work. Luke is writing judge of ZineWest and every year helps launch the Romanian/Australian Anthologies of our NWG Inc Secretary Mihaela Cristescu – who we can thank for the photos. Below are some random pics… And thanks to our venue UNE Sydney !
Love in your own words: solemn, comic, despairing, inspiring – the book prizes are there to win with 3 mins max at the mic on Saturday, 10th February at NWG Inc’s first gathering for 2018. Usual rules: no singing, no pairs, no props, English only. Okay if piece previously published but not if it’s already won an award. Free entry.
At UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm
Also open mic and a writing challenge that centres on you writing about you.
Director of UNE FutureCampus, Rob Field, launched ZineWest 17 on 8th October. Rob shared a glimpse into his history as a member of a very large family. It seems that being surrounded by individuals with diverse gifts and challenges, was like attending a school for empathy and communication. Rob sees openness to the ideas and experience of others as commonsense, however it is a commitment to his own ideas and strengths that has shaped his career. He urged us to have the same confidence to develop our personal talents and insights when creating our writing and art.
Luke Carman, our writing judge, commented on every writing piece in this year’s ZineWest – a rarity in the world of competitions. We hope to post a copy of his notes for the benefit of those writers who couldn’t attend. Luke (as expected) also officiated at the crazy raffle finale.
Writing awards were co-sponsored by The Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU, including book titles from Giramondo Publishing (see writing award list below images). Art and Spoken Word awards were supported by private donors. The Editor’s award (The Big Black Thing) was donated by SWEATSHOP. Our venue was provided free of hire charge by UNE FutureCampus. Sahtein Lebanese Feasts was the keynote of lunch. List of writing winners is below the images.
Best Image: Runner-up: fayroze – Self Portrait composed of the artist’s original texts.
WRITING AWARDS: First Place and Best Prose: LE Armbruster; Second Place and Best Poem: Norm Fairbairn; Third Place: Loredana Tudor-Tomescu; Commendations: Kirsten Oakley, Morgana Ladrina, fayroze, CA Broadribb. Editor’s Award: Kate Brown. Note: All pieces included in the zine were selected by editor SE Crawford and the guest editors: Lyn Leerson, Ruth Wyer, J. Anne deStaic and Mihaela Cristescu. The works to be published are sent to the writing judge to determine the prizes. The winning works will be posted to the ezine by January, 2018.
ZineWest 2017 Launch Sunday 8th October
Food, Prizes, Judges’ Comments, Readings
Entry $10; Zines: $10 – first copy free for writers and artists included in zine.
Please join us at 11:30 am for a light lunch. Event begins at 12 Noon and runs to 2:00 pm or earlier, followed by ZW Word…..
….if you’re not published in the zine this year, why not bring an original 2 minute spell-binder for the Open Mic cash prize of $50! (sign on at 2:45 pm). Published entrants might find a spot as well…
ZineWest is a project of NWG Inc for new/emerging writers and local visual artists in Western Sydney.
Hear author/lecturer Dr. Luke Carman comment on creative writing pieces by new writers. If you’d like a short sample of your work to be in the draw – prose (one page) poetry (up to two pages) – please bring three copies by 2:45 pm.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Venue: UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta
Time: 3-5 pm – includes open mic if time
Entry: $5 (free for financial members of NWG Inc.)
NB Are you thinking of entering ZineWest this year? Luke is the judge, so please don’t bring a potential entry for him to hear!
NEW Writers’ Group Inc was honoured to hear some of our writers read their work at this Romanian event, part of the NSW State Library’s Multicultural March, on Saturday 25th March, 2017. Mihaela Cristescu presented her latest anthology, Pounding The Pavement which includes works by 22 guest writers from Romania and Australia.
The event was opened by the Ambassador for Romania and New Zealand, Her Excellency Mrs Nineta Barbulescu. A pro-active supporter of the arts, the Ambassador gave the project’s writers and artists strong encouragement. Mr. Dan Barbulescu and family also attended. We were delighted to meet the newly arrived Romanian Consul General – Sydney, Mr. Iulian Nitu, and Mrs.Florentina Nitu.
Author and film-maker Anamaria Beligan launched the anthology together with author and lecturer Luke Carman who made reference to the English works. The anthology was illustrated by Canadian Romanian artist Luminita Serbanescu. A short movie by Andrei Pora was shown and soprano Felicity Amos sang in English and Romanian. Carol and Felicity Amos mused upon connections between the published works, and Mihaela Cristescu introduced the writing of Alex Plescan. Preparations for the second such anthology, OnThe Wallaby Track, are well underway.
NWG Inc is very pleased to collaborate in these annual projects. Romanian and Australian writers alike, find a new readership. The anthology was introduced by Mihaela Cristescu in Romania in 2016 and some of the works will later appear in the on-line journal Confluente Literare .
As always, the assistance of Mrs Oriana Acevedo, Multicultural Consultant Public Libraries and Engagement Division, and other Library staff was wonderful.
Photos and videos can be found at Code-Mixing Poetry, here are a few: