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September 2019 Newsletter

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Join us
Level 8, 
NeW Space 
from 2pm 
Saturday 26th October at the

Newcastle Poetry Prize Ceremony

Program includes:
Live Reading
$25 000 Prize Pool awarded
and the launch of the 
2019 anthology

See the list of poets to be published in the 2019 anthology

 

University of Newcastle NeW Space Building

Level 8, NeW Space, UoN. What a view!

Judith Beveridge - poetry tutor

Poetry Masterclass with Judith Beveridge
(for members only)
will be held on the same day
Unfortunately, all places have now been booked

 

Grieve vol 7 book cover

Congratulations
to the HWC members whose work was selected for the 2019 Grieve anthology: 
Magdalena Ball, Gillian Swain, Ned Stephenson, Zoe Disher, Dan Shushko, Kathryn Fry and Ellen Shelley
These 7 HWC members were selected from hundreds of entries from all over Australia. Fantastic news.

The Grieve anthologies can be purchased here

Gillian Swain's award winning poem, 'The Coolest Thing Ever' was read by Megan Buxton. Watch it here.

Magdalena Ball's award winning poem, 'Negative Mass' was read by Judy Johnson. Watch it here
HWC Workshops
Jacqueline Harvey - Childrens' Author

 

2 places left:
Writing for Children
with Jacqueline Harvey

Saturday 14th September

Do you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths? If you love writing for children and want to spend a day learning the ins and outs of the business then this course is for you. Join bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey as she covers topics including:
  • writing and editing tips,
  • information about publishers
  • knowing when your manuscript is ready to submit
  • the value of professional editorial assessment
  • garnering the publishers’ attention
  • dealing with rejection
  • what to expect when you land a deal
  • what happens when you’re published
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Creative Writing Course
If you missed the course back in February we are holding it again.
Memoir, flash fiction, the short story.
Monday 14th October
5.30 - 8.30pm

Cedar Whelan HWC member live reading at NAG

Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

Another successful live-reading was held Tuesday 3rd September.

We awarded several cash prizes. 
It is very hard to select the best works!

Next live reading: 3pm, Tuesday October 1st
Bring your stories, poems, essays, rants, songs, scripts.

Live Reading future dates:

Tuesday October 1st NAG live reading – Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (sample portraits right)

Saturday October 26th (at NeW Space): Newcastle Poetry Prize Live Reading

Tuesday November 5th NAG live reading – Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection

Live Reading NAG

Clark Gorrmley Live Reading NAG

Julia Brougham HWC member and blogger about Nature Writing
Ted Bassingthwaighte, member of HWC
HWC Blog

 

Our September blogger is
Julia Brougham (L) on
Nature Writing

Thank you to our Members who have blogged:

 Poetry
- by Prof. Christopher (Kit) Kelen (R)

Australian Literature
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble (R)

True Crime Writing
- by Ted Bassingthwaighte (L)
picture of poet Christopher Kit Kelen

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

HWC Member News

HWC Member Kaye Christensen

was selected as a winner in the recent NSW Seniors Writing Competition. 100 stories from NSW Seniors will be published in this Seniors’ Stories Volume 5. Kaye has been invited to attend the launch at NSW Parliament House later this year. This is one of several publications that have featured Kaye’s work. She has also been published in Sydney Newswrite magazine, Nambucca Writers’ anthology, in her local newspaper twice, local RSL Club publication about the ANZAC centenary and in MiNDFOOD magazine.

HWC Member Ellen Shelley has had a run of successes with her poetry:
It's Raining Poetry Adelaide with her poem Christchurch
Cordite Poetry Review with her poem Don’t look too closely
Highly Commended in the Philip Bacon Ekphrastic Awards for her poem Girl and the Moon
The Ross Spencer Anthology for her poem Abstract Expressionism

 

HWC Member Magdalena Ball also had poetry featured at It's Raining Poetry in Adelaide. Learn more here

Writing Competitions

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 in the Members Area
University of Newcastle NeW Space Building

October 2019 Newsletter

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You’re invited !

Newcastle Poetry Prize Ceremony

A free event

Level 8, NeW Space

from 2pm Saturday 26th October

Program includes: 
Live Reading 
$25 000 Prize Pool awarded 
and the launch of the 2019 anthology

See the list of poets to be published 
in the 2019 anthology

 

Hear these poets (and many more) read their brilliant works at the live reading.

a notice stating there are free drinks at the NPP ceremony

University of Newcastle NeW Space Building

Level 8, NeW Space, UoN. What a view!
HWC Blog: October Blogger is member Lauren Hislop

Lauren Hislop Blogger on Disability

Living with Cerebral Palsy – Living with Disability

Excerpt from Blog 1: “People often express to me that they find me inspirational simply for completing ordinary tasks. I once attended a job interview, during which I was praised for getting to the venue ‘all by myself’.  I had no idea that catching a cab was so impressive. My notion of inspiring action involves reducing world hunger. Placing witticism aside, it’s frustrating that people have such small expectations of me due to my disability. As I ventured home, ‘all by myself’, I knew I wouldn’t be offered that position.

Miss last months posts? You can read about Nature Writing by Julia Brougham here.

HWC Member News

HWC Member Susan Francis will have her memoir ‘The Love That Remains’ published by Allen and Unwin on February 4, 2020. A third of the way through writing the book about finding her natural parents, Susan met her husband. He helped her find many of the missing pieces in her story, and they soon went to live in Spain together. One morning in Lisbon, her life and the subsequent manuscript took a very different path. You can listen to Susan’s interview with Richard Fidler from ABC’s ‘Conversations’ here.

HWC Member Kit Kelen was asked how he felt about being selected for the 2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology. Watch the video to hear his poetic response! Will his poem ‘Hardanger’ win a prize from the $25,000 prize pool?

HWC Members Magdalena Ball and Ellen Shelley had poetry featured at It’s Raining Poetry in Adelaide. Poem #16 by Magdalena Ball: “It always comes back to the bird: simulating a tougher species, reaching an arm / with privilege’s casual grace, nudge of hip or smack, easiest with small eggs / or chicks, curved beaks, striped plumage, power of the pack, slogans, insults / often reflect the wielder, truncation, onomotopoetic mud this cuck.” View the location here.

Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

Another successful live-reading was held Tuesday 1st October.

Next live reading: 3pm, Tuesday December 3rd
Bring your stories, poems, essays, rants, songs, scripts.
In response to the 'WISH YOU WERE HERE' exhibition.
Other Literary Events

Christos Tsiolkas is coming to Scone!

Saturday 16 November

The Patrick White Oration is a new, major event for the Scone Literary Festival and will feature Christos Tsiolkas – award-winning author, critic, essayist, playwright and screenwriter in Conversation with Festival Patron, Phillip Adams. The Oration also doubles as the launch event for the Festival’s 2020 Program with ‘hot’ ticket specials that night only for the March event.

Learn more here.

Author Talk: Peter Fox

Raymond Terrace Library

Thursday 31 October

Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a 36-year veteran of the NSW Police Force, during which time he investigated countless child sexual abuse cases in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. His book details some of the horrors that face our police every day, revealing cover ups, backlash and the lengths those in power will go to to avoid facing the the truth. Join him at Raymond Terrace Library this month– the event is free but bookings are essential: call 4988 0111.

More info here.

Tour and Taste at Macquariedale Organic Wines

November 2

Have you ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at an Organic and Biodynamic winery and vineyard? Join the winemaker for a small group tour of Macquariedale’s vineyards and the winery.

In this tour you will learn how Macquariedale is using Organic and Biodynamic farming practices to grow grapes of exceptional quality. You will get to see how our wines are made and ask questions of the winemaker. Your tour will conclude with a guided wine tasting accompanied by local cheeses.

Numbers are limited so book early.

More info here.

wine being poured into a glass

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 in the Members Area
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June 2019 Newsletter

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Live Readings

 

microphone

New time, new space

Cash Prizes – $50, $100

We are thrilled to present our monthly live readings from July to November

at Newcastle Art Gallery

Join us July 2nd from 3pm

share your stories, poems, songs, scripts in response to James Drinkwater’s exhibition 

the sea calls me by name

 

HWC Workshops

July

Speculative Fiction Writing with Marianne de Pierres

Saturday 6th July, Wickham

de Pierres - author

Self Publishing – an online course
Nigel George is offering a half-price special to all HWC members for his new self-publishing course.
Visit the Indie Publishing Machine course page, select the Australian Version, and enter the code HWCJULY50 at the checkout to save yourself nearly $100.
You’d better hurry though – the discount is only available until the end of July!
 

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HWC Blog

Susan Francis , blogger, member of HWC

 

Thank you to our members who have blogged for us through March, April and May.

Read the following Literary topics

Speculative Fiction
- Our Spec Fic writers
Australian Literature 
- Susan Francis
Writing History 
- Christine Bramble
Crime Fiction 
- Megan Buxton

Graham Davidson, author

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

HWC Member News

 

HWC Member – Gail Hennessy

Gail’s book ‘The M Word’ is published by Girls on Key Press. It is available from the Poetry Portal Bookshop  

The M Word’ is a book of poetry that recalls my experience of postnatal psychosis and recovery. It was written to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness and provide hope for recovery.  It is available through the Poetry Portal of Girls on Key along with ‘Written on Water’.- Hennessy

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The M Word - memoir by Gail Hennessy

 

HWC Member and Board Chair – Adrienne Lindsay

Adrienne Lindsay is the chair of Hunter Writers Centre. She has recently launched her business Cloudberry Writing

She provides fundraising advice, editing services and professional writing services.

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Adrienne Lindsay, chair of HWC

 

HWC & Board Member, Wendy Haynes

Wendy was a founding member of Port Writers Inc. as both Treasurer and President. She is a copywriter and her website outlines the various services and advice she offers

Wendy Haynes - HWC Board member

Heart Open

Hunter Writers Centre funds the artists of Heart Open – literature, dance, fashion, art

The Heart Open Event 2019 at the Hunter Innovation Festival was a great success

Writing Opportunities and Events

 

HWC Facebook Groups

Exclusive facebook writing groups:

Hunter Writers Centre – celebrating literature in the Hunter

The Story Hunters – our Spec Fic writers keeping in touch between meet ups

HWC Poets – where our poetry groups gather online

HWC Writing Groups

Attendance is free as part of your HWC Membership

Newcastle, Belmont, Teralba and more…

See the whole list in the Members Area

Applications Open for KSP’s 2020 Residency Program

The KSP Writers’ Centre in the beautiful Perth Hills region of Western Australia is calling for Australian and international writers to apply to its 2020 residency program. The program offers paid annual positions to Established, Emerging and Next Gen (under 25 years) writers. The residencies include a two-week block to develop a manuscript at the inspiring KSP property, which is the former home of notable Australian author, Katharine Susannah Prichard.

In addition to the salary and space to write, writers receive a welcome platter to share with co-resident writers, transport assistance, breakfast supplies, networking opportunities, promotion, CV credit, complimentary writing group sessions and access to a thriving literary community, library services, mentoring, social events, and heritage walking trails. As part of the residency, writers are asked to present a workshop on a topic of their specialty and perform readings at a literary dinner hosted in their honour. Deadlines are 30 June, 28 July, 25 August for the various categories. Visit the KSP website for eligibility, selection criteria and more details about the program: https://www.kspwriterscentre.com/residency-program

2019 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

CBCA NSW Branch is pleased to announce that entries are open for the 2019 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program (AWMP), sponsored by Scholastic Australia. The aim of this national award is to foster the talent of an unpublished author of children’s literature.  In 2019 the AWMP is open to picture book and junior fiction manuscripts. The Winner of the AWMP will receive the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and a mentorship with Scholastic Australia, to include two three-hour mentoring sessions with an author selected by Scholastic Australia, and a one-hour mentoring session with each of the following Scholastic Australia employees: an editor, a marketing communications manager and a publisher.

Entries close on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Authors whose careers have been launched by this award include the best-selling/award winning Michelle Cooper, Kirsty Eager, Jacqueline Harvey and Oliver Phommavanh

Phil WIlliams HWC member Live reading at Newcastle Art Gallery Speaker at July 2019 to a full audience and art works

July 2019 Newsletter

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First Tuesday Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

Our inaugural Ekphrastic live reading was held last week.

23 pieces were heard and the judging was very challenging!

All the works brought the artworks alive.

Congratulations to Brian Noble, Nicole Sellers, Gail Hennessy and, people’s choice award winner, Jan Dean.

See upcoming dates and themes below

August – Tuesday 6th – acknowledging Grief Awareness month – share a poem or story about grief and loss

September – Tuesday 3rd – readings by you in response to the Kilgour Prize 2019 (opens August 3)

October: Tuesday 1st – readings by you in response to Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (opens August 24)

November: Tuesday 5th – readings by you in response to Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection

Seeking: Writing Group facilitator 

Maitland Writing Group

Meets: First Wednesday of the month 9-12

Are you interested in facilitating this group? You do not need to teach. You need to be a person with a big smile who makes newcomers feel welcome. Contact us if that is you. Maitland library is keen to host this HWC writing group to share your writing.

HWC Workshops

New Date – August

Saturday 3rd August

de Pierres - author

Self Publishing – an online course
Nigel George is offering a half-price special to all HWC members for his new self-publishing course.
Visit the Indie Publishing Machine course page, select the Australian Version, and enter the code HWCJULY50 at the checkout to save yourself nearly $100.
You’d better hurry though – the discount is only available until the end of July!
 

person's hand holding an iphone showing rows of books

HWC Blog

Susan Francis , blogger, member of HWC

Michael Tippett, writer

 

Our current blogger is member Professor Kelen
Thank you to our members who have blogged thus far

Australian Literature 
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble

Crime Fiction 
- by Megan Buxton

 

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

HWC Member News

Anne Walsh HWC member

Member Anne Walsh is part of the amazing line up at Cuplet  July 11 – tonight!

Gail Hennessy and Jan Dean HWC members

Congratulations Jan Dean and Gail Hennessy who won awards at the HWC Live Reading at Newcastle Art Gallery

Congratulations, Nicole Rain Sellers and Brian Noble who won equal first at the HWC-NAG Ekphrastic live reading

Writing Opportunities and Events

Dying to Know Day – August 8th

An informative opportunity to see into the world of your local Cemetery & Crematorium. Learn about funeral planning, estate and wills and more.

Bookings Essential – RSVP to garry.bellenger@newcastlecrem.com.au

or call 4944 6000 Learn more

 

2019 Buzz Words Short Story Prize

Short story prize for adults writing for children

High Country Writers Retreat

Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27, 2019

2019 Writing NSW Grants Program

for regional writers 

 

2019 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

Open to picture book and junior fiction manuscripts. Entries close on 31 July

Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition

1st prize $1000.

www.odyssey.org.au

Closes Friday November 1st

 

 

HWC Writing Groups

Attendance is free as part of your membership. 
There are vacancies in most of our groups especially: Belmont and Teralba.
See the whole list in the Members Area
Kilgour Prize finalist work Sebastian Galloway

August 2019 Newsletter

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First Tuesday Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

bring your readings

3pm, Tuesday 3rd September

The Kilgour Prize for portraiture (a few pictured here) is on display at Newcastle Art Gallery.

Come and read a poem or prose piece in response to one of the works on display. Click here for more portraits if you cannot make it to the gallery before our live reading afternoon.

Future dates:
October 1st - Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (opens August 24)
November 5th - Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection
Grieve Award Announcements
Grieve vol 7 book cover

Saturday 17th August, 2pm

On Saturday, go to this page to watch the video broadcast from the comfort of your lounge room

Listen to the top 25 award winning pieces read to you with captions

All selected authors announced and Grieve anthology Volume 7 is launched

HWC Workshops
Nigel George - Self Publishing tutor
Self-Publishing Success
with Nigel George

Saturday 31st August, 9 am - 3 pm Wickham

Sell More Books with Less Effort
This short course will help you overcome any limiting beliefs you have about self-publishing and put you on the right path to becoming a successful author.

Jacqueline Harvey - Childrens' Author
Writing for Children
with Jacqueline Harvey

Saturday 14th September

Do you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths? If you love writing for children and want to spend a day learning the ins and outs of the business then this course is for you. Join bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey as she covers topics including:
  • writing and editing tips,
  • information about publishers
  • knowing when your manuscript is ready to submit
  • the value of professional editorial assessment
  • garnering the publishers’ attention
  • dealing with rejection
  • what to expect when you land a deal
  • what happens when you’re published
Heart Open artist Vivienne Rose
 Heart Open
 
Hunter Writers Centre funds the artists of Heart Open – literature, dance, fashion, art.

Come along to the next event in the 2019 series:
Wednesday 14th August
Wickham Park Hotel
6.30 - 9.30

Featuring poet Ivy Ireland, 
dancer Vivienne Rose and 
musician Demi Mitchell
Demi MItchell Heart Open
Ted Bassingthwaighte, member of HWC

Ted Bassingthwaighte

Graham Davidson, author

Graham Davidson

HWC Blog

Our August blogger is
Ted Bassingthwaighte on 
True Crime Writing

Thank you to our Members who have blogged:

 Poetry
- by Prof. Christopher (Kit) Kelen

Australian Literature
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers
Graham Davidson

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble

Crime Fiction
- by Megan Buxton
picture of poet Christopher Kit Kelen

Prof Christopher Kelen

Megan Buxton HWC Board member

Megan Buxton

HWC Member News
Anne Walsh HWC member

Ellen Shelley (R) has a poem accepted into Raining Poetry Adelaide and has been published on Backstory

Nicole Sellers' poems Ode to my axial skeleton and Sun coat have been published in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review.
Anne Walsh (L) has been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry again this year
HWC member Ellen Shelley

Writing Opportunities and Events

2019 New England Thunderbolt Prize
open for entries until 7 October
2019 Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Short story prize for adults writing for children until Monday 2 September 2019
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 in the Members Area
High Country Writers Retreat
Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27, 2019