ZineWest 2015 Launch/ZW Word

Ms Julie Owens Federal MP for Parramatta

Ms Julie Owens MP

To be opened by Julie Owens MP
Date: Saturday, 10th October, 2015
Venue: Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room)
17 Miller Street, Merrylands.
Time:11:30 am for light lunch
Noon – 2:00 pm Readings; Prizes and awards: Writing Judge – Luke Carman, Editor’s Award – Sue Crawford, Best Image Award – Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Door Prize: Title from Giramondo; Raffle prizes (lots of books!)


Luke Carman Writing Judge ZW15

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

Date and Venue as above
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Two Spoken Word competitions: one for invited ZW15 entrants and one Open Mic. Sign on before 3 pm please!



Award Details: Writing – 1st $400, 2nd and 3rd – Titles from Giramondo; Best Image – $100; Editor’s Award – Book Prize; ZW WORD Comps – Book Prizes. Please note that all awards are announced on the day of the launch, winners are not notified beforehand.

Mars Hill Cafe on Anzac Day 2015


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Image: Linda Marsden

We hope this was not our last gathering at our wonderful home, Mars Hill cafe. Despite our anxiety it was a good day with 20 or more attending. There were nine entrants in our little in-house competition for the best short piece on Anzac – open interpretation. Winners were Brett Campbell and Linda Marsden. Brett wrote about the swiftly changing emotions and escalating danger in a beach attack from a soldier’s pov. Linda wrote about the unbearable waiting at home for news. Danny Draper won a runner’s up award for a sustained denunciation of the powers that turn war and remembrance into profit. All the poems and stories were heartfelt and insightful. Congratulations everyone and thanks to Robyne Young for organising this project. Judges were NWG inc President Carol Amos and ZW editor, Sue Crawford. Book prizes were donated poetry anthologies by Paul O’Loughlin and Mihaela Cristescu.

There is a group photo on our Face Book page taken by Sue Chamoun. The photos below were taken by Mihaela Cristescu. The top image is by Linda Marsden.


Linda Marsden, left, Brett Campbell, centre, and Danny Draper


Steps to remember


Judges Carol Amos, Sue Crawford


Juliann Wrightson read for Belinda Curby who is on the sick list


Robyne Young


Life member Helen Dalrymple


Susan read about precious young lives


Leonie Le’ Vano at the open mic

Luke Carman Creative Writing Workshop 9th May

Meet writer  LUKE CARMAN judge of  ZineWest, 2015
Author of An Elegant Young Man

Saturday, 9th May, 3-5 pm
MARS HILL CAFÉ UPSTAIRS – confirmed, we’re at MHC!!! 331 Church St Parramatta
ENTRY: free

Luke will talk about his writing experience and comment on pieces read by attendees.

If you’d like a chance to hear Luke’s feedback on your work here’s the drill!
Participants: Bring 3 copies of your piece (one for yourself, two for us) and mark an amount that takes no more than 2 minutes to read aloud.
Choose unpublished work you’re happy to revisit.
Don’t share a piece that you plan to submit to this year’s ZineWest competition. (Luke is the writing judge. It would make the entry ineligible.)

 Please submit your name and two of the entry copies by 2:45 pm

We may have more entries than can all be heard, but the discussion should be fun and thought provoking. There may be time for an Open Mic where you can have another 2 minutes!


Alice Grundy visits NWG

Alice Grundy

Alice Grundy

MEET Alice Grundy, managing editor of Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the on-line mag SEIZURE.
AT: Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm,
Saturday 28th February.
$5 entry unless you’re a current fin mem of NWG.

Giramondo publishes established literary writers and the best up and coming authors, many from Western Sydney.
Staffed by volunteers, the ever inventive team at SEIZURE runs multiple projects, introducing new writing weekly on-line and engaging in many collaborations and creative events.
(Giramondo provides book prizes for the annual ZineWest competition run by NWG)

February ’15 News


Saturday 14th Feb Mars Hill Cafe (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

First gathering of NWGinc for 2015 coincides with Valentine’s Day. We’ll pass round the calendar,line up some in-house workshops, hear your news and run two open mics:
1) Open Mic/Open theme (3 mins max) Rosesmall
2)Valentine’s Day Open Mic Competition– your POV (3 mins max.) Judges Sue Chamoun and Peter Masonwells will award a box of chocolates:)



Saturday 28th Feb TWO EVENTS 
Connected Stories
1) Felicity Castagna invites you to “a little reading party in The Prospector Store in The Connection Arcade, Parramatta on Saturday, February 28th, 1-3 pm. Come along for some readings, drinks and food after you check out the Market. Be sure to bring something to read if you want to join in.

2) NEW Writers Group inc invites you to meet Alice Grundy, managing editor of prestigious Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the literary on-line sensation SEIZURE. $5 entry, Financial Members free. Time 3-5 pm upstairs at Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta.

Parramatta Artists Studios

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd addressed the launch of the Studio Artists for 2015. Congratulations to all the artists:

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Marian Abboud, Tarik Ahlip, Linda Brescia, Felicity Castagna, Ella Condon Hayley Megan French, Hossein Ghaemi, Mason Kimber, Colin Kinchela,  Carla Liesch, Catherine O’Donnell, Elena Papanikolakis, Juliette Pastorok, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Paul Williams, James Nguyen and Gavin Walters.

Mihaela Cristescu attended on behalf of New Writers Group. Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna read from her book set in Parramatta The Incredible Here and Now which won the Prime Minsters’ Award for YA fiction. Read more about the studios HERE

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

ZineWest 2014 Prize Winners

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Julie Owens MP launching ZW14

Congratulations to all the writers who contributed to this year’s ZineWest print zine and spoken word competitions.

PHOTOS BY FELICITY AMOS   and there are more on FaceBook by Sue Chamoun

WRITING AWARDS: Judge – Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Director of Sweatshop


Jason Gray, L.E. Armbruster, Shirley Le, Michael Mohammed Ahmad (judge)

1st Place and Best Prose: Shirley Le for Failed Gangas
2nd Place: Stephen Pham for Home
3rd Place and Best Poem: Louise Carter for The IKEA Squids of the Apocalypse
Highly commended: Jason Gray for Boys and L.E. Armbruster for Trying to Describe You

C.A. Broadribb for Email from Azbekhistan and J. Anne deStaic for Treasure

C.A. Broadribb and J. Anne deStaic

C.A. Broadribb and J. Anne deStaic

BEST IMAGE Judge – Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator of the Parramatta Artists Studios
Winner: Robert Frost for Edie at the Window
Highly Commended: Laurie Garcia for Parramatta Atmospherics

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost

Laurie Garcia and Robert Frost








ZineWest WORD Cr Andrew Wilson launched ZineWest at Mars Hill Cafe; guest musicians from SSA were Loretta D’Urso and Collin Gosper; judges were Carol Amos (NWG Pres) and Collin Gosper. MC was Adam Marsden.

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke

Danny Draper, Cr. Andrew Wilson, Julieann Wrightson, Dylan Quirke


ZineWest Writers Spoken Word:
First Place: Julieann Wrightson for 213 Cornelia Road
Highly Commended: Danny Draper for War Museum and Dylan Quirke for Poem for my Nanna



Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

Carol Amos and Collin Gosper (judges) Peter Cartwright, Belinda Curby and Helen McNab

First Place: Peter Cartwright for Hard Times Come Again No More
Highly Commended: Helen McNab  ( memoir) and Belinda Curby

ZineWest 2014 Launch 11th October


Image: Linda Brescia

Parramatta Heritage Centre, 350 Church St Parramatta
Join us for lunch, readings, awards and more at:
12 Noon for 12:30-2:30 pm
$5 Entry; Zines $10 All Welcome
ZW14 includes the works of 34 Western Sydney writers and 13 visual artists.
Attending the launch will be Julie Owens MP, Michael Mohammed Ahmad (writing judge) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art judge).

Music and more Western Sydney words follow:
ZineWest WORD – with Loretta D’Urso and Collin Gosper from Songwriting Society of Austrtalia
Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St. Parramatta (upstairs)
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Entry: gold coin; Want to compete in the Open Mic? sign on from 3pm

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!