Saturday, 12 November at UNE, 28 George St Parramatta 3-5 pm Please sign in downstairs 2:50-3:00
Masks please, and no food or drink except bottled water. We always bring wrapped sweets. No obligation to eat them.
Open Mic – short work or extract Survey on your suggestions for 2023 *Ekphrastic writing – discussion and exercise Afterwards, join us at the Woolpack for a quick drink/snack *Ekphrastic Writing – one among many definitions – “describes or pays tribute to a piece of visual art”.
Here is an artwork we will include in the exercise: Meandering City by Kathryn Munro
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.
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
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.
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
We thank all the art entrants for their range of talented and imaginative work. We wish we had space for more than those listed below. We also thank our Art judge, Hayley Megan French, Curator and Artist Development, Parramatta Artists Studios who sees all the entries and nominates the listed works and the prizes. Prizes will be announced at the October Launch.
ZINEWEST 2022 ART LIST
Sandra Borri: Thought Patterns and Falling Apart
Mihaela Cristescu: Axis Mundi
Erin Macnaught: For the Love of Pizza and Reading on the Train
Kathryn Munro: Eucalyptus Dream and Meandering City
ZW2022Art Entry Form ZineWest 2022 is now open for Art entries. We are looking for digital images (jpeg’s 300dpi) from creatives with links to Western Sydney (residents, workers, students or people involved with WS cultural/arts activities.) We publish around 6 greyscale images and 8 full colour in our A5 print Zine. $100 for best image.
Free entry, up to three images. Judge: Dr Hayley Megan French (PAS) Please read form for more information!
NEW Writers Group Inc secretary, Mihaela Cristescu chatted on 17 November, to Jim Taggart and Darryn Cape-Davis, on Spotlight, Alive 90.5 about our Writing Parramatta project. Jim and Darryn read poems by Marina Robins, The Tropics888 and Peter Cartwright. Mihaela brought to the studio a Covid-delayed birthday cake to celebrate the first year of the show! Listen to the podcast here
Image: Reflections by Marina Robins won Best Image Award in WP21.