AGM 18 November at UNE Sydney Parramatta – 2024 Committee elected: President & Treasurer: Carol Amos (photo); V. President: Sue Crawford; Secretary: Mihaela Cristescu; Minutes Secretary: C.A. Broadribb; Committee Member: Ruth Wyer. Returning Officer: Eric Esber.
Photos of two November events clockwise from top left: State Library of NSW November 11, 2023: Celebration of ten year partnership between the State Library of NSW and Mihaela Cristescu’s Romanian/Australian events. Group photo at State Library (Photo by Luminita Lenuta); Luke Carman receiving his first copy of Mihaela Cristescu’s translation of his essays titled A Glovebox of One’s Own (Photo by Ian Daly); Alex Plescan; Mihaela Cristescu; Sue Crawford introducing local writers: Anisoara Laura Mustetiu, Danny Draper, Tazin Abdullah, Peter Cartwright and Siham Chamoun; Adrian G Sahlean collage: Group – Augusta Supple, Siham Chamoun, Adrian Sahlean, Luke Carman and Sue Crawford. SEE Mihaela’s general report on this event and the history behind it! UNE Sydney, Parramatta NWG Inc AGM on 18 November: Ruth Wyer, newly elected Committee member; Sue Crawford; Noela Clarke presenting The Leftover Lemon Dilemma by Dannielle Viera. Photos at AGM by Mihaela Cristescu, Secretary of NWG Inc.
In 2024, NEW Writers Group Incorporated will be based at WestWords, 41 Hunter Street Parramatta, for monthly events.
An outstanding opportunity for NWG Inc members and colleagues to foster inspiration and creative skills at this remarkable hub of Western Sydney literary programs and events.
NEW Writers Group Incorporated committee has accepted the gracious invitation made by WestWords Executive Director Michael Campbell to base NWG Inc’s regular monthly events on Saturday afternoons at the delightful WestWords venue, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta in 2024.
“How do we condense what we do at WestWords into a simple message? In a nutshell, it’s about telling stories that represent the people of Western Sydney.”
Our first event will be Saturday, 10 February, 3-5pm: Afternoon tea – welcome & introductions; author interview; invited readers; and an open mic on the theme of Valentine. NB: we hope for varied interpretations! Please write for 16 years and over. You will have two minutes at the mic … Book awards.
$5 entry. Free for financial members. First visit to NWG Inc? Free entry. Also free entry: carers of participants; and children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Only 16 and over can participate in our programs. Calendar of events at WestWords in 2024 see About Page.
At UNE Sydney in Parramatta, on Saturday14th October, we were delighted to launch ZineWest 2023. Our judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Maria Constantinescu (Art), announced their awards. Cover Image by Sandra Borri.
We honour the judges for their dedicaton and thank the contributors and friends attending – supporting their colleagues, volunteering, reading. For those unable to come, you can order a contributor’s copy and more copies At our Shop.
Luke Carman gave his annual commentary on all the writing pieces and announced the following awards:
1st Place and Best Prose: The Sound of Water by Adam Byatt 2nd Place: The River is a Mirror by Trish Jean 3rd Place and Best Poem Amity by Mitch Browne Highly Commended Dawn by Lisel Herrmann A Way from where you live by Kristof Mikes-Lui 1942 by Geneva Valek
Editors’ Award Joint winners – The Feasting by Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan Her vs Him by Paris Rosemont
Maria Constantinescu gave her commentary on the images published in the zine and announced the following awards:
Best Image: Pelican at Dusk by Trish Jean 1st Runner-up A Girl and Her Dog by Erin Macnaught 2nd Runner-up Going Places by Marina Robins
Photos to come!
We thank our sponsors and supporters including the Writing and Society Research Cenre at WSU, and our generous private donors.
Dr. Luke Carman will launch ZineWest 2023 on Saturday, 14 October, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at UNE Sydney, Level 4, 100 George Street, Parramatta. Also attending is art judge, Maria Constantinescu.
All welcome. $10 entry includes door prize ticket and morning tea. Carers and children under 13, free entry. Please note: Ground floor entry will be accessible from 10:45 – 11:30 am. If you expect to be late please advise before the day.
Zines $15, Contributors’ first copy $5
Morning Tea 11:00 am Launch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Commentary by Luke Carman Art PPT with Maria Constantinescu Readings, prizes and awards Giant Raffle & Door Prizes
Prizes announced at the launch Writing: 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200; Highly Commended awards; Editors Award Art: Best Image $100; Runners-up book awards
Writing co-sponsor for 1st place – Writing & Research Society Centre Other prizes – Private donors
Maria Constantinescu is an Australian artist based in Sydney, who has collaborated with NWG Inc on projects in Parramatta. She is our ZineWest Art judge for 2023. Maria will announce the winner of Best Image ($100) and Runners-up (book titles) at the ZineWest launch, 14th October, 11:00 am, UNE Sydney, 100 George St. Parramatta. Below, see the Art publication list and Maria’s bio.
ZineWest 2023 Art
Sandra Borri – Autumn Pickings Mihaela Cristescu – The Way of the Water Trish Jean – Pelican at Dusk & Face in the Billabong Erin Macnaught – A Girl and Her Dog Kathryn Munro – Floral Bouquet Marina Robins – Going Places Karla Schindler – The Garden Visitor Michaela Simoni – Near Wentworth Falls Dannielle Viera – Ebony_Devil & Still Life
Note: Most entries were in colour. We have sought permission from several entrants to publish one of their colour images in greyscale for the zine’s inside pages. We will update the list accordingly.
Maria Constantinescu is an Australian artist based in Sydney, NSW. Her work investigates different modalities in which information about the universe and related theories of the sublime are translated into contemporary works of art, as a continuum of an artistic tradition nascent in the 18th-century Romanticism. Through a range of media including painting, drawing, digital video, and clay, Constantinescu’s studio practice explores connections between imagination and reality, and focuses on modes of making the unseen visible, presenting the unpresentable, and transformation metaphorically linked with alchemy. Constantinescu’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is held in private collections in Australia and overseas. For more details and artwork images, please visit her website www.mariac.com.au or her Instagram page @maria.constantinescu.art.
New Deadline for art entries to ZineWest 2023 is Sunday 16 July 2023. ZineWest2023_ArtEntryForm. Looking for images from Western Sydney creatives. Open style. We have some great entries already, but hoping for a few more artists to be involved. We include up to eight colour images on the cover and colour insert but we like grayscale for inside pages and these sometimes land on the ‘colour’ pages. It’s an A5 digital zine. Please check the entry form for more details.
Saturday 17 June, 2023, we will launch Ambiguous Loss, an anthology of stories and poems by Western Sydney Writers who are award winning contributors to NEW Writers Group Inc’s projects. We will also present ekphrastic collaborations between local artists and writers. Parramatta Expression 2023 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.
Level 4, 100 George Street Parramatta (UNE premises) Entry $5 Ambiguous Loss $15 (1st copy free for anthology contributors). 11:00am for finger food including Sahtein Lebanese Feasts. 11:30am for readings and book awards Please note the building will be open for guests to enter between 10:45 and 11:30am Image on cover – Mihaela Cristescu
Our second round for Ekphrasis writing in response to Parramatta images is due 20th April. Writers new to the project can offer responses to 1-3 of the ten images. Writers who entered work in the first round, are welcome to send additional writing related to the three new images: Maria Constantinescu’s abstract – acrylic and Lake Parramatta sediment and water; Michaela Simoni’s painting of a lone canoeist inspired by Parramatta River (the project’s motif image); and the gallery’s only night scene, by Marina Robins. Full Gallery and entry form
During January we were offered images of Parramatta by local artists. It is now the turn of writers from Parramatta, and anywhere in Western Sydney, to respond with poetry or prose. You can write a response for up to 3 separate images in the gallery. Book awards.
Please read the entry form before you write. There is a brief statement of what we’re hoping for – more than just a good description of the image… Plus details on maximum words/lines. All contributors retain full copyright. Launch is on 17 June in Parramatta. This project has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.
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 pageon 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.