Newcastle Art Gallery Live Reading The last live reading of 2019 was held at Newcastle Art Gallery. Over 20 stories, poems, opinion pieces were heard amid a brilliant collection of landscapes. Cash prizes were awarded to: Eve Gray, Phil Williams, John Dunn, Diana Pearce and Gillian Swain Here are two works we heard on the day:
NOT ONLY A TREE Eve Gray in response to Bonsai nursery by Alexander McKenzie Each of the beloved had a tree to rest under and contemplate, to hang upon and contemplate, to plant and wander through, meander, and contemplate. What is hidden is revealed What is below is above. What is lost is sometimes found.
Look, You may never know the answer, but look, if there is one it should be here somewhere between the seed and top of the canopy. Perhaps It is about potential, perhaps the seeming small holds the complete whole miracle. Patience and perseverance nurturing nature and the goodness of earth left Resting in peace
SUMMER RAIN Diana Pearce in response to Summer Rain by Angus Nivison I sit on the verandah listen to rain’s timpani on the iron roof its chorus in the downpipes of overflowing tanks breathe the dampness in the air watch water cascade like shafted light a pale promise of relief see the water become blood as it scours the tree-dead hillsides of a distressed land
HWC Member News
Thank you to our writing group facilitators for the wonderful task hosting HWC groups, welcoming new members and encouraging our writers. Thank you to the HWC Board who steer our vision and to Sue Polson and Helen Blackney, the volunteers working constantly behind the scenes to bring you all our programs and activities.
HWC lost one of our vibrant members last week. Jill Emberson asked HWC to help make a book from her Meet the Mob podcast series. Member-writers have created beautiful stories and poems during 2019. Local Aboriginal people and HWC Director met with Jill recently to finalise the editing process. We are sad that Jill did not live to see the final book but we continue with the next phase of the design, printing and launch in 2020. Vale Jill.
Member Emily S. Smith
has a picture book coming out with Larrikin House next year - her first book published by a traditional publishing house. The book is called 'Garbage Guts' - an environmental story about a garbage monster who is determined to have the ocean for himself. It personifies the North Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and is aimed at 3-7 year olds. Illustrated by Heidi Cooper Smith. In the past, Emily has self-published two picture books, 'Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day' and 'Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just a Chair', with Graham Davidson as a part of the project Storytime Lane.
Member Katrina McKelvey
was commissioned in June this year by Macmillan Education to write four books for their Snappy Sounds reading project. They are being released May, 2020.
Member Phil Williams' short story Lines of Steel was a finalist in the Newcastle Herald short story competition, and was published in the Newcastle Herald in January this year. His poem Goodbye Humans won a HWC-NAG ekphrastic award last month.
Member Claire Thomas
As a result of being part of the HWC children’s writing group, I have improved my craft and formed networks by entering competitions and attending conferences. I attended the CYA conference in Brisbane earlier this year where I won the preschool picture book category with my manuscript, Secret Worlds. I entered manuscripts in the CWA Scribbles awards. Manuscripts Moon Rise Sun Set; Not Another Unicorn Book and Adorn the Sky were all shortlisted. Moon Rise Sun Set was awarded Highly Commended in the final results. My next project is researching Margaret Olley for a new picture book manuscript.
Member Sharon Boyce
received her first traditional publishing contract this year for her picture book There's A Shark In The Loo illustrated by Suzy Houghton. The contract is with Larrikin House and is due for release in 2020. Shortly afterwards she received a second contract from Larrikin House for another picture book to be released in 2021
Member Kate Griffith My amazing mum took one of my children's picture book draft manuscripts and fully illustrated it herself then got it printed for my birthday. I was a little teary at seeing it in print I must say. I wrote this when I was 14 years old
Member Magdalena Ball interviewed Beth Spencer about her book High Wire Step on the Climactic Network
Member Nicole Sellers’
poems Ode to my Axial Skeleton and Sun Coat were published in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review in July. Her poem Lady Firebrand Calls the Sea by Name won a HWC-NAG ekphrastic award in July. Her short story Safari Blonde was illustrated and published by Patchwork Raven in August Her poem Song for Cliodna was published in Three Drops from a Cauldron.
HWC Blog - our members Blogging
Next year, our 2020 blogger will be social scientist and disability advocate Lauren Hislop (L) Lauren will blog about the challenges of seeking employment when you live with a disability Lauren blogged for us in October read her humourous, engaging pieces here: Living with Disability
Literary events and opportunities
Submissions close 27 January 2020 for the Writing NSW Kids and YA Festival (June 2020) Learn more
Survey: Arts and Culture in Newcastle Have your say and help shape Newcastle's art and culture Consultation closes 15th January 2020. Learn more 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