February Newsletter 2021


Dear Members and Friends,


Welcome back!


This is the first FAWWA newsletter for 2021and already we’ve faced down the loss of Trisha Kotai-Ewers and a COVID lockdown. It’s been a sobering start but the worst of this latest COVID scare is behind us. We’re back on deck and looking forward to sharing the Tom Collins Poetry Awards winner with you before the month is out.


Acting as president and also the administrator for many years, Trish Kotai-Ewers was known to many in the writing community and her warmth and generosity will be sadly missed. The wake for Trisha (planned for February 3) had to be cancelled due to the COVID lockdown. Please watch the website for details of a memorial event, as COVID restrictions ease.


Our planned Morning with Jane Cornes Mclean was also a COVID casualty. Marketing of the event was badly disrupted by the lockdown so Jane will sadly fly off to live in Queensland without having Lazy Fare celebrated by us. Not to worry. We wish Jane all the best, and there are many wonderful books and events still to come our way in 2021…


Since last Thursday we’ve had Andrew Levett at Mattie’s teaching his Creative Writing class; Shane McCauley and Carol Millner facilitating OOTA Poetry and Prose workshops; Rose van Son giving a sensational Friday@Furphy’s; Amanda Joy and Annabel Smith presenting the last workshops in our Four Centres Emerging Writers workshop series; and on Valentine’s Day, WAPI hosting Poetry Under the Stars. Phew!


Thank you to everyone who came, saw, wrote, read, taught, wept or laughed with us during February. We hope to see you again soon, perhaps at the Tom Collins Poetry Awards night (co-hosted with Voicebox) coming up Monday.


Karen Whittle-Herbert

President


Tom Collins Poetry Prize

Congratulations to the shortlistees for the Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2020!


Kevin Gillam 'bleakness'

Peter Ramm Barren grounds in late Autumn

Shastra Deo The break

Caroline Reid DEVOUR

Allan Padgett 'these pastures held my heart'

Sharmin Paynter All your red flags, black

Maddie Godfrey Unmade

Elizabeth Lewis A Handful of Salt

Shey Marque Ruining the Light

Andrew Sutherland 'public health the silence of god'

Anne Casey Prayer-fish


The Prize Ceremony will be held at Voicebox, on Monday 22nd February 2021,

at the Navy Club, 64 High St, Fremantle, starting at 7.00pm. Entry $10/$6.

Judge Caitlin Maling will read her report and our President will present the prizes.



FAWWA Events for February


Tuesday 16th - Smash Writing with Louise Allen, MFH, 6.30-9pm


Thursday 18th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 12 noon.


Sunday 21st - Book Length Project Group, MFH, 10 - 12.30pm.


Monday 22nd - Tom Collins Poetry Prize Ceremony, The Navy Club, Fremantle, 7pm.


Sunday 21st - Book Length Project Group, lead this month by Karen Whittle-Herbert, MFH, 10-12.30pm.


Tuesday 23rd - Write Night, MFH, 6-8pm.


Thursday 25th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 12 noon.


Friday 26th - OOTA Poetry with Shane McCaughley, MFH, 10-12 noon.


Friday 26th - OOTA Prose with Carol Millner, MFH, 1-3pm.


and early March...


Tuesday 2nd - Smash Writing with Louise Allen, MFH, 6.30-9pm


Thursday 4th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 12 noon.


Tuesday 9th - Write Night, MFH, 6-8pm.


Thursday 11th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 12 noon.


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


Friday 12th - OOTA Prose with Carol Millner, MFH, 1-3pm.


Friday 12th - Friday @ Furphy's with Helena Studdert,

No bed of roses, an oral history of her Polish immigrant father.


Monday 15th - Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition opens.


Book Length Project Group restarts

FAWWA is pleased to announce that Book Length Project Group will be restarting this Sunday, with FAWWA President Karen Whittle-Herbert. Karen's debut novel The River Mouth is forthcoming from Fremantle Press. She will facilitate the group this month. Join her this Sunday, Mattie Furphy House, 10-12.30pm.


Magabala Books Launch

Magabala is launching Alf Taylor's new book God, the Devil and Me,

at the Centre for Stories,

Thursday 25th February at 6.30 pm,

100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge.

Please support this latest offering from Western Australia's only Indigenous publishing house.


On your horizon...

The Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition opens on 15th March.


A memorial event to celebrate the life of Trisha Kotai-Ewers.



Other Writing Notices

FAWQ Maureen Freer Literary Competition 2021

Opens 13th Feb, Closes 13th May, visit www.fawq.com.au for more details.


FAWQ Gloria Anderlini Memoir Competition 2021

Opens 13th Feb, Closes 13th May, visit www.fawq.com.au for more details.


A Big Thank You to Showground Men's Shed

Bring a coffee down to Tom Collins House and check out the new Jarrah outdoor tables made for FAWWA by the Claremont Showgrounds Men's Shed! They replace the tired old green tables and will last for many years. Enjoy the dappled shade under the big Tuarts.


FAWWA salutes Trisha Kotai-Ewers.

We lost a wonderful contributor last month with the passing of Dr. Patricia Kotai-Ewers. Enjoy this lovely photograph of Trisha receiving a Community Heritage Grant

on behalf of FAWWA in 2011, to complete the refurbishment of Mattie Furphy House.

Vale Trisha Kotai-Ewers.




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