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September 9, 2018

History Festival September 2018

The first week of September every year is History Week in NSW and Hunter Writers Centre is proud to partner with Lake Macquarie libraries to present a wonderful program of local, national and global history. Talks, presentations, interactive displays and interviews are delivered at Toronto, Speers Point and Belmont libraries.…
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August 7, 2018

Grieve Live Reading – video

August is Grief Awareness month in Australia. Hunter Writers Centre holds an annual writing competition in honour of this month. The print and e-anthology (click to purchase) features over 100 works but here are the 22 prizewinning pieces read with captions. Choose to watch individual pieces read with captions here…
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August 6, 2018

Announcement – 2018 Grieve Writing Competition Prizewinners

Congratulations to the prizewinners in the 2018 Grieve writing competition. Grieve Volume 6 is now available for sale - click to purchase Watch the reading (with captions) of the 22 prizewinning pieces here Congratulations: The National Association of Loss and Grief (NALAG) Award  Blood and bone by Justine Hyde The…
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July 5, 2018

Announcement – Grieve Competition 2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the 110 writers listed below. These poems and stories are published in Grieve Volume 6 available from the Grieve Project  website. Here is the list of 22 prizewinners who have won the prizes kindly donated by our sponsors. Title First Name Family Name 4pm Sara Crane A black…
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May 16, 2018

Blue Knot Foundation

Within Blue Knot Foundation, the national Australian organisation which supports adults who have experienced all sorts of trauma, abuse and violence in childhood grief and loss is never far from the surface.    Whether it is loss of childhood, of innocence, of meaning, of family or of possibility, Blue Knot…
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April 18, 2018

Jean Kent – poet and mentor

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April 7, 2018

2018 Newcastle Short Story Award prizewinners

The 2018 anthology is now on sale Congratulations to all the prizewinners: First Prize – sponsored by the University of Newcastle, awarded to Shaynah Andrews (pictured R with Prof Darrell Evans and Ryan O'Neill, judge) Here is an excerpt from her winning story 'Not for Me to Understand': My blood…
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March 29, 2018

Writing About Significant Loss

Sometimes writing about the loss of a close family member can feel too hard because the enormity of all you have lost might stop you even starting. You may feel that in trying to describe it all you lose the sense of the person. What about writing about one aspect…
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March 20, 2018

2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize Judges

We are thrilled to have poet Nathan Curnow as one of our judges of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize judges. Nathan is based in Ballarat, Victoria, and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. He was published in the 2011 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology and his published books include The…
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March 13, 2018

2018 Newcastle Short Story Award finalists announced

  Ryan O'Neill, 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award judge We are thrilled to announce the authors selected to be published in the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award anthology. Join us at the prize ceremony to find out which of these authors (listed below) will win the prize pool valued at…
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March 8, 2018

HWC Poetry Group

Hunter Writers Centre funded the publication of the HWC poetry group's series of poems that pay tribute to Margaret Olley. Olley was an iconic figure in Australian art whose main focus on landscapes and interiors turned everyday objects and scenes into bursts of colour. As the model for one of…
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February 23, 2018

Willy Wonka’s widow

Our Grieve writing competition (open now) receives many stories and poems about dementia, Alzheimer's and other memory loss conditions.  The fabulous actor, Gene Wilder, suffered Alzheimer's and his widow wrote this very honest article in Rolling Stone magazine  about the toll this condition takes on carers. 40% of Alzheimer's caregivers…