Steve Armstrong, winner of the Local Award for his poem 'Thirteen Ways to Know My Grandfather'
Kit Kelen, winner, HWC member's award, 2019 NPP
Live Reading at Newcastle Art Gallery 3pm, Tuesday 3rd December Bring your stories, poems, essays, rants, songs, scripts in response to the Wish You Were Here exhibition. Read these wonderful poems by our members from past live readings
Portrait by Grant Palmer
I just don’t get it at all Colours so vivid Black white and monotone grey Faces staring out from the wall Cartoon, photo, surreal And completely indecipherable No children to be seen Displaying the joyless elements of life So i sit and look with despair Bereft of joy No laughter or music Absent the gathering of friends So i wonder What would I look like My chaotic mind and darkest fears Would I be monotone grey A cartoon maybe or a shape Not quite of human form All alone Just hanging
This is mine by Ellen Shelley I see calm Splashed across a coastal town… Clouds shelter Free and reachable Angular images Jut out like peninsulas The anorexic arms of a city … Melancholy stares Are the shadows left behind And there are many Even the moon Spoons into its own Deliberate & unsure Reminds me of childhood Overcast with a tinge of yellow My mother’s sleeping Made me nervous My night light gone out Everything appeared bigger Ominous A hallway stretched over creaking floors The space under beds. My sister offered little In the way of solace Back then, Always clinging on Her fearful shouts Unbolting the dark
by Luci Croci
PREAMBLE haunted and haunting faces not shaped in the mellow oval of a Modigliani but contoured into a smooth triangle eyes deep in the soft hypotenuse see something the viewer cannot see MOMENT eyes intent not to see ears alert not to hear a name she knows aimless in the garden picking spent petals laying her gentlest touch on the azaleas her mind is deep in sunflower fields under a cornflower sky dreading fair weather lightning her tension spans hemispheres over countless physical barriers subtle as a rainbow ending in a field of bodies scattered among blooms ready-made funeral wreaths and the remains of a pyre a Boeing shot down in a war with no boundaries simple as milk on cereal the last morning they spoke
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Member Julie Simpson was invited to contribute to Black Swan’s new anthology about intolerance. Her story ‘Born To Ride’ is about an elderly woman fleeing an evil aged care facility in a motorised wheelchair. It is published alongside a great contingent of Australian writers and the story originally comes from Julie’s book of linked short stories ‘Idle Hour in the County of Hope’ (Hodder Headline, 2000).
Member Susan Francis was interviewed on ABC’s Conversation Hour. Ahead of the publication of her book, listen to the interview here
Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants
Round 2 of the regional writers' grants opens November 25. HWC can support your application. Members of HWC have been successful receipients of Writing NSW grants in the past. Learn more
HWC Writing Groups Attendance is free as part of your membership. There are vacancies in most of our groups especially: Belmont, Maitland and Teralba. Email us for more information or see the entire list of writing groups when you login to the Members Area
Wollongong Writers Festival 22-24 November With the theme All lit up shining a light on the topics and parts of life that are too often ignored or repressed by polite society. All you need to bring is an open mind.