NWG Inc April-May

On April 27 at WestWords, guest writer Arna Radovich shared the publishing adventure that led to her remarkable amthology, Limits of Forgetting,stories of gentle humour, grace and quiet devastation” (Fiona Robertson). Arna has a long list of awards for poetry and prose including literature for children. NWG Inc knows Arna as a winner of ZineWest and an outstanding colleague and contributor to our projects.

On May 11 at WestWords we had an open session for readings and discussion, spending more time than usual on what set us in the direction of writing and why/how we choose our genre, style and practice. We heard from writers who had taken up the challenge of a topic borrowed from Auburn Poets and Writers (thanks APW) along the lines of what is the strangest thing that has happened to you ...  Photos: Mihaela Cristescu.

Next gathering is on June 8 at WestWords. We will focus on Poetry. If you don’t write poems we invite you to bring a favourite to read from and tell us what’s special about it. Poets are asked to bring their own work! 

Venue: WestWords, 41 Hunter Street Parramatta. Entry through gate on corner of Hunter and Marsden.

 

NWG Inc April 2024

Saturday, 27 April, 3-5pm,join us at WestWords to talk about publishing options. What is your experience so far? Arna Radovich will share her literary journey and read from her new publication. Arna is an award-winning poet and prose writer. She also writes for children!

At WestWords, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta (entry at corner of Marsden street) an easy walk from Parramatta station. Entry $5; free for first time attendees and financial members. Participants must be 16 or over. Afternoon tea and door prize! 

NWG Inc March 2024

Join us on Saturday, 9th March at West Words, 41 Hunter St (Corner Marsden St ) 3-5pm for a reader-feedback workshop plus Open Mic (open theme.) At NWG Inc we aim to help writers share their work and prepare pieces for publication. Above are three anthologies  from 2023: Expression 3 (Digital); ZineWest 2023 (print); and our first anthology for longer works, Amiguous Loss (title from a poem by Arna Radovich. The cover images from left are by Jean Rhodes, Sandra Borri, and Mihaela Cristescu.  

Reader Feedback workshops can be useful whether you are the writer of the short piece/excerpt being responded to, or one of the readers. And in this session you can be both! Send us a page of writing by 3rd March and we’ll book you in. Or just participate as a helpful reader.  Also, bring an original short piece to read at the mic.  $5 entry; Free for financial members and carers.

More on Reader Feedback workshops: ‘The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time in a small friendly group. The writer listens nearby. Because writers are rarely present to help someone read their work ‘correctly’ they are not allowed explain or defend their work – they listen in – a fly on the wall experience which can show where a tweak or two will keep the writer engaged …’

NWG Inc Feb 2024

The NWG Inc team arrived at WestWords for their first 2024 monthly meeting. Many thanks to WestWords Director, Michael Campbell, for onboarding us. We ran a workshop on the topic of how and why gatekeepers pick our work / or not …  Our task was to a) choose which of three well written, intriguing poems should take the last space in a new anthology, and b) to reach a team decision. A common challenge for editors with limited places.

At the open mic comp on the topic of Valentine, Ruth Wyer, by a tight margin, won Yumna Kassab’s novel Australiana. Additonal awards: Siham Chamoun won Ambiguous Loss, a  NWG Inc Anthology, Danielle Catherine won Avant La Lettre, a bilingual Romanian / English Anthology published by Mihaela Cristescu which includes writers from Western Sydney, and C.A. Broadribb won Lunar  Inheritance by Lachlan Brown. Next meeting: Sat 9 March, 3-5pm 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta.  Read three of the works in our Pop Up Zine 2024.

 

Somewhere Else: Pop Up Zine

NWG Inc’s Pup Up Zine 2024 is now open for your short works of prose and poetry. Our theme ‘Somewhere Else’ was initially inspired by a colleague’s poem written when overseas but we all agreed that we want a very open door for your interpretation.
Due date 28 April SomewhereElse__WritingEntryForm

 Please read the guidelines before sending.

We are also inviting local artists to send images they can link to the theme with a short piece of writing. SomewhereElse__ArtEntryForm   

NWG Inc Nov 2023

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. 

NWG Inc at WestWords

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.

ZineWest 2023 Awards

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.

 

ZineWest 2023 Launch

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

 

 

 

 

ZineWest 2023 – Art List

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.