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December Newsletter 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to FAWWA in December. I'm looking forward to our Christmas party at the end of this week and spending time with fellow writers at Mattie Furphy House. The new committee has met and discussed how we are meeting the needs of our members, who we are serving well, and who we could serve better. I welcome your own ideas about what FAWWA could and should be doing to support Western Australian writers at every stage of their writing journey. Please come bend my ear at the Christmas party. The time, date, and what you need to bring are set out below.

If I don't see you at Mattie Furphy House in December, I wish you all the happiness and blessings of the festive and holy season this year. I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and if you don't like so many of us in 2020, that you find other ways to take time out and enjoy a break.

I look forward to working with you in 2021.

Karen Whittle-Herbert.

FAWWA Christmas Party

Join us at the decorated Mattie Furphy House on Friday 11th December, MFH, 5-8pm. We will have poetry, prose, food writing and song. Proceedings will start with a barbecue on the veranda. Salads and bread rolls will be supplied. Please bring a BBQ pack and drinks. Afterwards, enjoy member readings, starting with our Writer in Residence (and 2019 TCPP Winner) Mike Greenacre, followed by local performance poet Vivienne Glance. Authors will have their books available for valued Christmas gifts. Please bring cash if you wish to purchase. Come down, support you local writers, and enjoy the Christmas cheer.

Tom Collins Poetry Prize - Closes 15th Dec 2020

A friendly reminder the Tom Collins Poetry Prize closes on Tuesday, 15th December. If you haven't already done so, please consider entering this long-running prize and help support FAWWA. First Prize $1000 plus 4 weeks residency at Mattie Furphy House.

Second Prize $300, Third Prize $100.

This year's Judge is West Australian Poet Caitlyn Maling.

For entry information please visit the Website:

FAWWA Events for the rest of December

Friday 11th A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, TCH 10 - 12 am

Friday 11th FAWWA Xmas Party, 5 - 8 p.m MFH.

Saturday 12th Mike Greenacre Poetry Workshop "Poetry as a vehicle that drives your life"

MFH, 10-1pm.

Tuesday 15th Tom Collins Poetry Prize Closes.

Wed 23rd A Late Vigil for Love and Grief, 7.30-9.30pm (see below)

The FAWWA Office will be closed from Monday 21st until Mid-January

Other Notices for December

WAPI Ancestral Kin & Multi-Lingual Poetry Workshop: with Gok-Lim (角林 —formerly Steven Finch), a writer/community artist with Cantonese and Hokkien language heritages.

Date: Saturday, 12th December 10:30-12:30

Venue: WAPI Office—Room 33, Level 2. Bon Marche Arcade, 80 Barrack St. Perth.

Tickets: $25 WAPI members/ $30 non members

Participants: limited to 16, book early to avoid disappointment

To book, click on the link:

A Late Vigil for Love and Grief -

by Duck & Dash Poetry

Wednesday 23rd December

Doors open 7pm, runs 7.30-9.30pm

Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne

8 local poets, smart-casual

Alcohol free, not catered so an early dinner is advised

This is a ticketed event (tickets are free)

featuring local WA poets.

Leonard James of the Perth Poetry Club and Clear Your Throat at the Moon Cafe will host this poetry event at Mattie Furphy House, on 23rd Dec, 7-10pm.

Voices of Women ENTANGLEMENT competition:

We invite entries of unpublished short monologues and narratives (800 words) written in the first person. Winning entries receive $100 and stories will be presented by professional actors in live and filmed performances, kicking off during International Women’s Month (March 2021) amonst the columns of Sydney’s award-winning Marrickville Library.

The deadline is 2.2.2021.

For more information visit:

With a trailer of this year's film for inspiration:

There is an opportunity to write articles for WA Defence Review. Please contact FAWWA if you are interested, and we will provide you with contact details.

On your horizon...

Writing events will run once again throughout the Perth Festival, which runs from 5th - 28th February 2021. There will be a Day of Ideas at the Perth Concert Hall on Feb 13th, followed by The Literature Weekend in the City, which will run at His Majesty's Theatre on the 20th/21st February. Stay tuned, as FAWWA and the other writing centers are sure to have some involvement. A full schedule will be released on January 21st.

Plan now to attend a writing workshop with FAWWA on the Fringe!

From Sunday January 24 to Sunday February 14 (Valentine's Day) FAWWA on the Fringe

will celebrate the work of four fabulous women writers from Western Australia with

FRINGE WORLD. Donna Mazza will speak about her speculative fiction novel,

Fauna and run a workshop for writers of all levels and Jane Cornes Maclean will speak about the creation of Lazy Fare, her memoir with recipes and inspire you to write from life.

The details of the two other writers will be released shortly.

All workshops will be held at Mattie Furphy House.

Each session will run for 180 minutes, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Participant numbers will be limited due to COVID restrictions, so be in quick.

Sessions will be priced reasonably at $35 and $25 (members).

Look out for ticketing and booking information on our website in the New Year and through FRINGE WORLD.

FAWWA has previously hosted the very popular Perth Writers Salon with Campbell Jefferys, as part of the Fringe Festival. Campbell sends his regards but he is based in Germany, so is unable to join us in 2021 due to the Covid 19 restrictions. He will look at returning in 2022. Therefore, we hope you will join us for this, our inaugural FAWWA on the Fringe!

FAWWA wishes everyone an enjoyable holiday season.

See you in 2021.

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