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February newsletter

Dear Members and friends,

Welcome to FAWWA 2020! We have many exciting activities to kick the year off. From Paul Monks reading poetry to Campbell Jefferys Perth Writing Salon and of course the Tom Collins Poetry Award Night. I’ll let the events speak for themselves in the promotional information below. If you scroll to the end, you will find some important information about your Committee and the FAWWA Administration.



Fringe Festival Events

Click here to book Audible

Perth Writers Salon

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Click here to book Perth Writers Salon

Click here to book Writing with an Enlarged Heart


Creative Writing Classes

During each writing exercise-led session, award winning author A.R. Levett guides you through developing different aspects of your story, such as the drama, characters, theme, setting, symbols, polot, scenes and writing skills. By the end of the course you will have thoroughly developed your novel and be well on your way to completing it.

Bookings essential: Book here.

For further information: Contact or visit the The Story Mentor

Term 1 starts February 7 - April 3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne


Book Length Project Group

Are you writing a novel, memoir, non-fiction book? Come along to the Book Length Project Group and meet informally to discuss your project, share news, and talk about any issues you might be encountering.

Sunday February 9


Mattie Furphy House

For further information please email


Come by at 6pm or for the second block at 7.20pm! Bring your laptops and/or writing materials. You can work on your current project or write to the prompts provided.

Tuesday February 4 and Tuesday February 18


Back to the FAWWA Acting Presidents Address, with some Committee business...

With the busy end to last year we may have omitted to officially informing you of the results of the October 2019 AGM. So, I will now introduce your Committee Members for 2020:

Pat Johnson

Peter Bibby

Rod Griffiths

Colin Young

Patsy Millet

Lynne Deperas

Yeeda Topham

Sally Gaunt

Danielle Haigh

None of the above members were able to commit to an executive role, so the Committee agreed share the responsibility of the Presidency on a rotating basis as an interim arrangement:

Jan/Feb/March/April: Yeeda Topham

May/June: Lynne Deperas

July/August: Pat Johnson

Sept/Oct: Danielle Haigh

Nov/Dec: Peter Bibby

Clearly this is not ideal, so at the end of 2019 we put out a call to members for interest in joining the Committee. In response to our request, member Machiel van der Stelt came forward with an interest in being our Vice-President. We have met with Machiel and are grateful for his enthusiasm, so he is likely to be elected unopposed as Vice President at the coming Committee Meeting.

In the light of our shortage of office bearers, I will take this opportunity to once again invite any members or friends to contribute on the Committee or consider volunteering. We offer varied roles and enjoy a collegiate office environment. Having now filled the Vice President position, it would be nice to endorse a President, preferably for the next two years, and find a Treasurer to assist bookkeeper Christine Eyres.

I also need to let you know we are losing our office administrator Janet Applegate, who is leaving us for a much better-paid position. I take this opportunity to thank Janet for her diligent work managing the FAWWA office during 2019, helping us deliver our vibrant program. We wish Janet all the best in her future endeavours.

Our office volunteers will over the FAWWA admin work until we find a more permanent solution, we will be consolidating what we do, as we are now spread a little thinly. The first change is an adjustment to the days when the office will be staffed. It will now be staffed on Tuesday and Friday each week, from 10am until 3pm. We thank you in advance for coordinating you phone contact with these days. Feel free to email the office any time and we will endeavour to answer your correspondence promptly.

I’d also like to thank the Grilled Cottesloe Hamburger Bar, for fundraising on our behalf as part of last year’s Locals Matter promotion. Grilled presented us with a cheque for $100 this week, which is greatly appreciated and will contribute to our catering and event expenses in 2020.

Once again, thank you all for supporting FAWWA through your membership and participation. I look forward to helping provide an exciting program in 2020.

Yeeda Topham

Acting President


2020 Perth Poetry Festival Workshops: Expressions of interest

WAPI is seeking expressions of interest from local poets, both established and emerging to facilitate workshops at Perth Poetry Festival in September this year. Please email a brief workshop description + a bio to:


Backyard Listening by Coral Carter to be launched by Liana Christensen at Perth Poetry Club 2 - 4pm The Moon Cafe 232 William Street Northbridge on Feb 15 2020


Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition 2020 (for individual performance of original poetry)

Submissions close: 5pm, Wednesday 12th February, 2020

For more info email:


2019 Yeats Poetry Prize

Submissions close :31st March 2020


Western Australian writers in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Fremantle Press and a staggering $15,000 cash prize in the thirtieth anniversary of the Hungerford Award

Submissions for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award will open on Monday 3 February 2020. Western Australia’s longest running and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript offers a cash prize of $15,000 from the City of Fremantle and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

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