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November 2019 Newsletter

By November 18, 2019News, Newsletter, Newsletters

NPP 2019 book cover for Soft Serve

2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize

The 2019 anthology is now available. 
Click here to purchase 

Congratulations, Chloe Wilson, winner of the Newcastle Poetry Prize for her poem 'Soft Serve'
read more about Chloe here

Chloe Wilson winner 2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize

Steve Armstrong NPP 2019 Local Award winnerSteve Armstrong, winner of the Local Award for his poem 
'Thirteen Ways to Know My Grandfather'
Kit Kelen, winner, HWC members award NPP 2019
Kit Kelen, winner, HWC member's award, 2019 NPP
Caitlin Maling winner Harri Jones PrizeCaitlin Maling, winner of the Harri Jones prize (for a poet under 36 years)
Audrey Molloy, 2nd Prize winner, NPP 2019
Audrey Molloy, 2nd Prize winner, NPP 2019 with Judy Johnson (L), judge


landscape picture of mountains from NAG exhibition

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

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


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


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
Newcastle Short Story Award Open Now

Accepting short stories up to 2000 words

$7800 in prizes

Top works selected by our judges to be published in the 2020 Anthology 

Learn more

Newcastle Short Story Award 2017 Book Cover NSSA 2019 book cover  Newcastle Short Story Award Anthology 2016

HWC Blog - our members Blogging

Katrina McKelvey author

November blogger is children's author
Katrina McKelvey (L)

Watch out for her weekly blogs on Writing for Children
October blogger was social scientist and disability advocate
Lauren Hislop (R)
A humourous, engaging series on 
Living with Disability

Lauren Hislop Blogger on Disability

HWC Member News
Deb Arthurs host of Children's Writing groupMember, Deb Arthurs, who hosts the HWC Writing for Children group has written a blog for a number of months now. View the extensive topics she has covered.

HWC member Ellen Shelley

Member Ellen Shelley's poem Don’t Look Too Closely has been published in this month's Cordite
Read the poem here

Julie Simpson HWC Member

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).

Susan Francis author

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 Nov 22-24 2019 Flyer
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.