Mihaela Cristescu

NWG Inc’s Secretary, Mihaela Cristescu, was nominated for the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award which was celebrated on 25 January 2024 in Parramatta Park.

Congratulations to all the wonderful nominees and the winner of this award, Julie Crane. Together they encourge us to to appreciate what so many citizens do for our local communities.

At NWG Inc we know Mihaela as a highly competent team leader, the creative producer of literary projects and events. We also know her as the team player busy signing you in at an event, or taking official photos. A writer whose literary initiatives produce not only interesting opportunities for Romanian and Australian writers but also for visual artists and musicians. Her international collaborations enrich local culture and forge new friendships.

Nomination summary statement: “Mihaela Cristescu is an award-winning writer and artist residing in Parramatta. She is the founder and editor of the annual Romanian / Australian Anthology soon to mark its 8th year in 2024. Over the past decade she has self-funded and published over 400 unique works of poetry and prose creating a literary heritage housed in libraries across the country including the National Library of Australia. Mihaela also fosters cultural exchange through her decade long partnership with the State Library of NSW and facilitating connections between Romanian communities across the world. Mihaela is also a board member of NEW Writers Group Inc where she fosters and champions writers in Western Sydney.”

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 2022 Launch

Sunday, 16th October

Harry Todd Band Hall, Jubilee Lane, Parramatta 
(Based within Jubilee Park in walking distance from Parramatta Station)

 

 

10:45 am: Morning Tea / Chat

11:15 am – 12:45 pm: Readings, Prizes, Giant Book Raffle 

Entry: $10 includes two door prize tickets and covers venue hire and insurance

ZW22: $15
Contributors: Please collect your first copy at $5 at reception table

MC: Carol Amos, President NWG Inc

Judges: Luke Carman (writing) and Hayley Megan French (art)

 

ZineWest 2022 Publishing List

Congratulations to the writers who have an entry selected for ZineWest 2022.  (Image: Mihaela Cristescu.) 

ALL entrants are welcome to offer work to our Pop Up Zine 2022, a project where we we can freely discuss reviews and edits. 

 

ZW2022 Publication List

Carly Bertuccio – High Voltage

C.A Broadribb – Fairies

Peter Cartwright – The Bloke Who’d …

Victoria A Cartwright – Life is (my Loom)

Danielle Catherine – Haircuts 1 to 3

Marian Claire – Delay

Danny Draper – No Barrier the Highway

Marie Dustmann – Contacts

Norm Fairbairn – To Die Upon the Sea

Kerstin Ferrol – The Cold Skin that …

Sophie Hall – Roadside Assistance

Myra Koch – Old Man Harold

Ilona Krueger – Cornflower Joy

Harold Legaspi – Fifties

Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan – Eric the Elver

Artelle Lenthall – Wolfie and Son

Nic Lesley – Runs in the Family

Louise Loomes – Paper Man

J. Marahuyo – Before the Rain

Jo Mularczyk – The Final One Hundred

Denise Newton – Tree Huggers

Arna Radovich – Catching Poems

Michaela Simoni – Rear Vision of my Time

Jake Tarasenko – The Better

The Tropics888 – For us to Keep

Paul Traynor – The Submission

Dannielle Viera – Scared Stiff

 

 

Creative Writing with Ariella Van Luyn

Writing Workshop …
creating memorable scenes in a range of genre including historical fiction.

Saturday, 11 June 3-5 pm
UNE Sydney 28 George Street PARRAMATTA 
Sign in on ground floor 2:45-3:00 pm
$5 entry with door prize
NB This is a masked event.

 

 Dr Ariella Van Luyn is a lecturer in writing at UNE Sydney. She is the author of the historical novel Treading Air (Affirm Press) and her short stories have been published in international and Australian journals including Voiceworks, Overland, Southerly and The Lifted Brow. Her areas of research are Creative writing, Practice-led research, Online writing pedagogy, Historical fiction. See more of her bio here.

Q&A with Ariella Van Luyn

 

 

ZineWest 2022 Art due 10 July

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!

There are a few examples on the ZineWest page and pdfs of past ZineWests in our Ezine archives

Valentine’s Spoken Word Comp – Book Award

On 12 February, we took up our annual challenge of ‘rating’ completely different works of two minutes duration. We enjoyed all the contributions and the judge would have been happy to give out multiple book awards, but there was only one copy. Congratulations to Geneva Valek who won in a photo finish. We welcome into our Pop Up Zine 2022 all entries (except those being developed as longer works for a future we hope to hear about!)

Book Award – Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna – which won the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for YA.

NWG Inc in 2022

Photo: Mihaela Cristescu

NEW Writers’ Group Inc will soon be back at work!  In January the committee will draw up a calendar for 2022. No onsite venue yet, but the following events and projects are decided:

  • Our first gathering will be on Zoom in February, date to be confirmed.
  • ZineWest will open for entries from 1st March and be launched in October.
  • Romanian/Australian Anthology (Stay a While) launch is 12 March at the State Library of NSW. 
  • Writing projects for our regular anthologists and other Western Sydney creatives are being discussed.
  • The FB page Writing Parramatta will continue. We have a backlog of Q&A’s to post and will seek more from local artists and writers.
  • Gatherings – whether on zoom or onsite – will be held at least once a month for open mic, workshops and tutorials.
  • In the monthly sessions we plan to include short Q&A’s with individual writers.
  • We will run additional sessions with a specific focus – details to come. 

Writing Parramatta Spotlight

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.