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April Newsletter 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came to the celebration of Trisha Kotai-Ewers’s life this past weekend and to all those who helped us to prepare for the event. It was a fittingly moving and joyous afternoon; even the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos were feeding in the trees above us, calling to the afternoon. More photos below, and a tribute on the Website.

Following in Trisha’s footsteps we have filled Mattie Furphy House throughout March with regular classes and workshops. Thanks to Andrew Levett, Louise Allan, OOTA (Writers Outside of the Asylum) and Yeeda Topham for making these happen.

A highlight of the month’s program for me was the fabulous presentation from Helena Studdert at the March Friday@Furphy’s. Helena’s book no bed of roses is an oral history of her Polish father, Teo. We hope that Helena will be back later in the year to run a workshop for writers and others interested in using oral history techniques to create memoir.

This month, Josephine Taylor will be our Friday@Furphy’s guest and we look forward to an excellent session on the development of her recent novel from Fremantle Press, Eye of a Rook. While we are not selling tickets ahead of time, capacity at Mattie’s is still limited by WA Covid regulations, so please email the office to help us with planning and to secure a spot: Eye of a Rook will be on sale, thanks to Collins Booksellers, and Josephine will be available to sign copies.

April brings all the excitement of our Stuart Hadow 2020 Writer in Residence’s arrival. Patrick Boxall hales from Victoria and will be with us from April 18th to May 2nd. Patrick will give a workshop on writing short stories on April 24, just in time for you to brush up your entry to the 2021 Stuart Hadow Short Story Award which is now open and closes June 1. As soon as we have more details for Pat’s workshop available we will post them to the website, email them to members and put them up on Facebook and Insta.

Some of the more eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the entry fees for the Stuart Hadow competition have been increased. We hope to better cover the real costs of the competition in future with this move. It certainly takes longer to judge short stories than poems.

And who is the 2021 Stuart Hadow Short Story Award judge?

Look out for the big reveal here next month.

Karen Whittle-Herbert


FAWWA Events for April

Thursday 1st - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 1pm

Tuesday 6th - Write Night, MFH, 6-8pm.

Friday 9th - OOTA Poetry with Shane McCaughley, MFH, 10-12 noon

Friday 9th - OOTA Prose with Carol Millner, MFH, 1-3pm

Friday 9th - Friday @ Furphy's with Josephine Taylor, Westerly Magazine

Tuesday 13th - Writing Time with Louise Allen, MFH, 6-8.30pm

Monday 18th - Patrick Boxall (2020 Stuart Hadow winner) Residency commences

Tuesday 20th - Write Night, MFH, 6-8pm

Thursday 22nd - A. Levett Creative Riting Workshop, MFH, 10-1pm

Friday 23rd - OOTA Poetry with Shane McCaughley, MFH, 10-12 noon

Friday 9th - OOTA Prose with Carol Millner, MFH, 1-3pm

Saturday 24th - Patrick Boxall short prose workshop, MFH, time to be advised

Tuesday 27th - Writing Time with Louise Allen, MFH, 6-8.30pm

Get Writing... Enter your stories into the

2021 Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition!

Closes 1st June 2021

Open Theme, Maximum Length: 3000 words, up to 3 stories per author.

Entry Fee = $25 per story, Members $15 per story.

1st Prize = $1000 plus 2-week Residency at Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne WA.

2nd Prize = $300

3rd Prize = $100

This year's Judge to be announced next month...

See Website for Term and Condition and Entry

Other Writing Notices

FAWQ Maureen Freer Literary Competition 2021

Closes 13th May, visit for more details.

FAWQ Gloria Anderlini Memoir Competition 2021

Closes 13th May, visit for more details.

A big thank you...

A big thank you to Trisha Kotai-Ewers' family for their support and encouragement along with their many arrangements to make the event last Saturday such a success. Thank you for the wonderful catering, beautiful slideshow and the many photos contributing to the colourful displays outlining Trisha's life story.

Thank you to the following members who came to lend a hand sprucing up Mattie Furphy House for occasion: Sally Gaunt, John Gaunt, Colin Young, Bruce Russell, Yeeda Topham, Lynne Deperas and Peter Bibby.

Some photos from the TKE Celebrations...

Finishing with some Member's Achievements...

Member Rikki Harrison was long-listed in the Fiction Factory Short Stories 2021 competition. Congratulations Rikki.

Member Tony Gallagher has written a memoir On the Up. Born and raised in Perth but now living in the Eastern States, Tony's story celebrates the character of Perth from the 1950's to the 1970's.

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