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Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

Supporting Western Australia's writing community


Trisha Kotai-Ewers

It is with great sadness that we bring you news of Trisha Kotai-Ewers's passing. Trisha died peacefully on Sunday 17th January 2021.


Trisha was the driving force behind the relocation and restoration of Tom Collins House and Mattie Furphy House, which serve as administration and events space for FAWWA.   She was President several times between 1988 and 2013, and was central to the administration of FAWWA's during this time.  An author in her own right she supported and encouraged many of us during her long involvement with FAWWA.


While Trisha has stepped back from FAWWA activities in recent years, her contribution through the late twentieth century, and first decade of the twenty-first, have given us a solid base on which to build a vibrant and independent future.  A dynamic personality, renowned for her generosity and warmth, Trisha will be sorely missed.

Trisha's daughters Haede, Kate and Clara, have posted a tribute to Trisha on her Facebook page (Trisha Kotai-Ewers).  Condolences may be left there.  The funeral will be held at Karrakatta Cemetry on Wednesday 3rd February starting at 10.30am, followed by a Wake at Mattie Furphy House, corner Kirkwood Ave and Clare Copse, Swanbourne. 





Tom Collins House


A Writers Organisation that supports writing

and writers in Western Australia

We were first founded in 1938 with the aim of supporting Western Australian writers and promoting their work.

Every month, we host writing groups, book launches, author talks, poetry readings and  more! Situated at the Tom Collins House and Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne, FAWWA is a well-respected, not for profit writers center for the Perth metropolitan and regional areas..

We welcome writers of all ages and genre and would love you to be part of our supportive community. We are here for aspiring, emerging and established writers!



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The Fellowship is proud to be a member of the Copyright Agency and has often benefited from its generous Cultural Fund. The Copyright Agency is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been standing up for creators for more than 40 years. They enable the reuse of copyright-protected words and images in return for fair payment to creators. FAWWA recommends that you ensure copyright over your own work as well as looking at what grants are available for writers. To check out the site click here.

FAWWA would like to acknowledge Lotterywest for the generous grant that supported the purchase of equipment and furniture for Mattie Furphy House.

The Four Centres Emerging Writers Program is made possible by a grant from DLGSC.

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