October 10, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

Along with live readings from the NPP finalists, a variety of local talent will be performing. 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…
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September 11, 2019

September 2019 Newsletter

  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   Level 8, NeW…
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August 11, 2019

August 2019 Newsletter

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…
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July 8, 2019

July 2019 Newsletter

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…
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June 17, 2019

June 2019 Newsletter

Live Readings   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…


October 7, 2019

Disability Part 1

Have you ever lived with a puppy, one which becomes your beloved family pet? Whilst you watch Netflix, it nestles in your lap, an intrinsic part of your life. However, after a long day at work, when you open your front door to be greeted with dog excrement, your endearment…
Butterflies & Bushland: The Illustrated Guide to Ash Island Butterflies Book by Rosie Heritage & Julia Brougham Nature writingNews
September 26, 2019

Nature Writing Part 4

Caterpillar Weirdness by Julia Brougham The Very Hungry Caterpillar, VHC, has been eating its way through an improbable menu and counting game with children since 1969. Compared with real caterpillars - shape shifting cryptic tricksters hiding their multiple personas in plain sight - VHC is as exciting as a used…
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September 19, 2019

Nature Writing Part 3

Put A Bird In It by Julia Brougham Birds in flight make air visible. Air flows through and within them as they fly through the air, inhabiting the spaces within and between each feather on a structure exquisitely evolved to enhance flight; strong, light, hollow, honeycombed bones; lungs full of…
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September 12, 2019

Nature Writing Part 2

Booklovers Dilemma by Julia Brougham Bookshelves stacked high and in double rows squeezed tight. Bedside tables stacked with four or five books on the go. The numbers grow, the TARDIS Effect fails and the booklovers dilemma sneaks in with a strange urge to be sensible.  Bargain with self and make…
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September 5, 2019

Nature Writing Part 1

Trees Are Company by Julia Brougham Julia is a landcare co-ordinator on Ash Island in the Hunter River. We asked her to blog about Nature. We were a rambling trio on Ash Island, strolling and looking, and we were suddenly transfixed. A lizard wrapped around the stalk of a tall…
'ABANDONED The Sad Death of Dianne Brimble' by Geesche Jacobsen NewsTrue Crime
August 26, 2019

True Crime Writing Part 4

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte The best . . . Now that you are prepared for it let’s talk about what’s good. I am passionate about stories in book form in particular. I don’t deride digital versions of true crime. True crime podcasts are arguably the fastest growing medium in…
'MILAT, Inside Australia's Biggest Manhunt - A Detective's Story' by Clive Small and Tom Gilling NewsTrue Crime
August 19, 2019

True Crime Writing Part 3

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte The whole crime scene! So, you are ‘standing at the shoulder of monsters’ and what do you expect to see or hear or feel? Are you just a curious observer? Do you feel slightly voyeuristic? Or do you want to ride that imagination train into…
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August 9, 2019

True Crime Writing Part 2

Why Do We Love True Crime? Mark Lawson in this article in The Guardian  said, "Humans are fascinated by evil,” says bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin. “We wonder where it comes from and whether we ourselves could ever carry out such an act. Some readers turn to crime fiction for…
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August 5, 2019

True Crime Writing Part 1

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte See It, Touch It, Smell It, Taste It True crime was my passion and occupation for 22 years. I joined the NSW Police Force on May 18th 1987. In the first 12 months of my probationary period at Wyong police station on the NSW Central…
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June 15, 2019

Australian Literature Part 4

Different Voices: new and emerging writers – blog by Susan Francis My relationship with Newcastle, the city of my birth, was always problematic. Years were spent away from the place. And now? Well, I have to admit, hand over my heart, I’m in love with it. I discover myself residing in…
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June 10, 2019

Australian Literature Part 3

Reality Rhymes - blog by Susan Francis Who’s your favourite Australian poet? This one’s easy! Because I think the ideas explored in Australian poetry, post colonisation, are more unconventional than some of the broader subject matter written about in our fiction. Since settlement, there’s been a long tradition of poets…
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June 5, 2019

Australian Literature Part 2

Something Novel - Australian Novelists - blog by Susan Francis In my mid-twenties I formed an attachment to an extremely astute young man: a poet who would invite me ice skating in Prince Alfred Park on Friday nights. Skating in the dark, beneath strings of fairy lights hung from the…
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June 1, 2019

Australian Literature Part 1

Pages of Us - Introduction  - blog article by Susan Francis Australian Literature. Does such a thing exist? That was the response from my Head Teacher at the UK school where I taught English. 'Christina Stead . . .' , I began to respond but, in the face of her…
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May 24, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 4

SpecFic for Fun and Profit I’ve never bought into the genre writing vs. literary writing argument, because it doesn’t take too much research to find out which side makes most of the money. You can’t eat accolades after all. If you want to make a living from your writing, you…
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May 17, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 3

Writing mythic spec fic: 6 tips You’re setting off on an epic quest. You plan to slash through jungles, slay monsters, summon storms, and conquer civilisations. But how do you get your readers to follow you? With a powerful story to capture and sustain their interest, they’ll happily share your journey.…
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May 10, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 2

Putting the characters in the driver's seat by Graham Davidson Why be a control freak when you can let your characters drive the story for you?  Put a group of Spec fiction writers together and they’ll often get caught up in the Pantsers versus Plotters debate. For those unfamiliar with…
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May 3, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 1

Take Us To Your Reader by Michael Tippett Let’s address the oliphaunt in the room, shall we? Speculative fiction is finally getting the respect it deserves. Not too long ago there was a stigma attached to being a genre writer—more so if you huddled under the ‘spec-fic’ umbrella of horror,…
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April 25, 2019

Writing History Part 3

Thomas Keaneally's Error In my last post I referred to the writerly error of “changing the date of the Battle of Waterloo”, i.e., getting the facts wrong in relation to a topic that’s easy to check.  I was disappointed when I read Thomas Keneally’s Daughters of Mars, a novel of…
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April 19, 2019

Writing History Part 2

'You can’t change the date of the Battle of Waterloo' Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble Some years ago I attended a workshop on Creative Non-Fiction.  When I mentioned this to a friend who, like me, was working on a biography, she looked puzzled.  How can nonfiction be creative? Doesn’t…
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April 11, 2019

Writing History Part 1

Carriage 'B' of the northbound CountryLink at 1.50pm Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble I’ve spent most of my working life writing – but for someone else!  Study notes, exhibition guides, newsletters, council reports, strategic plans, you name it: schools, a museum and the planning departments of local government.  It…
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March 26, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 4

The Comfort of Horror Fiction Crime Writing with Megan Buxton I find horror very comforting. I can just see the raised eyebrows as I write that. The modern world is terrifying enough – war and terrorism, senseless crimes on a daily basis. Why subject yourself to more? Stephen King, probably…
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March 18, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 3

Home Sweet Home . . . or is it? Crime Writing with Megan Buxton   Carly scrambled from bed, stumbling and snatching at the darkness, caught between fight and flight. Where? Where was he? Listening, straining for sounds, she heard the thump of her heart, the dry gasp of her…
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March 7, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 2

Women and Crime Crime Writing with Megan Buxton Crime, mystery and thriller are the most popular genres in Australia - a large percentage of book sales come from this category and I’ve made a substantial contribution to that statistic. There’s an ever-increasing TBR pile on my bedside table and I…
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March 1, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 1

Dark and Loving it Crime Writing with Megan Buxton   I love a good murder. Don’t be alarmed. I’ve never actually killed anyone; nor am I likely to (though my partner might debate that). I am also, I hope, unlikely to be the victim of a violent crime. But, according…