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.
Saturday 12 August, 2023, 3-5 pm, we meet at UNE Sydney, 211 George St. Parramatta (upstairs) to discuss our next Pop Up Zine theme: writing about places outside our usual spheres: a change in routine; an adventure; an unfamiliar location; a change of heart or mind …
You are welcome to bring a short piece of your own writing to share at the open mic. And for those who like homework: Write a short poem or a story (max 500 words) on an unusual person – real or imaginary. Free entry for first time attendees and financial members. Others: $5 to help cover our insurance cost.
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
Writers’ gathering Saturday 15 April 3-5pm, upstairs at UNE Sydney, 211 Church St Parramatta. We will discuss tropes, stereotypes and POV. Open Mic for short pieces or excerpts of your original work. Don’t forget ZineWest and our Ekphrastic project!
Blast from the past at 211 Church Street (UNE Sydney) with Sue Chamoun, Luke Carman, Sue Crawford and Carol Amos. Will be great to return in 2023! Photo: Mihaela Cristescu
First gathering for 2023 with NEW Writers’ Group Inc Saturday 4 Feb, 3-5 pm UNE Sydney 211 Church Street Parramatta – enter at ground floor reception, let them know you are attending our event, then head upstairs to sign in. Entry $5. Free for financial members.
Program! Introductions; Updates on our calendar and key projects for 2023; Open Mic
OPEN MIC details:
Valentine theme – your interpretation
Light deep comic ironic (but not crude thanks)
No props, no music, solo only, English only
Time limit strictly 3 mins max
Your original work
Note re Venue: We do not use the kitchen or student/staff equipment. Guests at UNE premises are allowed only bottled water on site and no food. (We sometimes go for a drink/snack afterwards.) Wheelchair access. There is a wheelchair lift near main entrance and internal lift. NB Some scooters might be too large. Please contact us at least three days beforehand at re options.
COVID: Please comply with social distancing requests. Do not attend if feeling unwell or testing positive.
New to us? You are most welcome but suggest you check our About page to see our charter and other information.
With heart-felt thanks to UNE Sydney. Starting on 4th February, we will meet once a month on a Saturday 3-5 pm, at 211 Church Street Parramatta, for tutorials, workshops and open mic – except when we launch Parramatta Expression in June and ZineWest in October at 100 George Street.
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