March Newsletter 2021



Dear Members and Friends,


Thank you to FAWWA volunteers and Voicebox for making the Tom Collins Poetry Prize February 22nd a night to remember! Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and extra congrats to Maddy Godfrey, Caroline Reid and Andrew Sutherland who placed First, Second and Third respectively. Thanks are also due to Cailtin Maling for judging the award this year and to the Arts Law Centre for assisting us to upgrade our competition terms and conditions. The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is now rated Five out of Five Stars for best practise. You can read more about the review process here: https://www.artslaw.com.au/the-tom-collins-poetry-prize-2020/


Our annual Stuart Hadow Short Story competition opens on March 15 and closes June 1. These terms and conditions have also been upgraded, to bring them into line with the Tom Collins Poetry Prize. Check them out under our Competitions tab. If you would like to gauge the standard of previous Stuart Hadow winners, you can purchase a copy of ‘Storyfire’ our anthology from previous competitions via this website (see below). Last year we received almost 250 entries so, get writing!


On Saturday March 27 at 1pm FAWWA will host a wake for Trisha Kotai-Ewers. Please put this important event in your diaries. The family have asked that we wear colourful clothing for the occasion in memory of Trisha’s life-long contribution to the arts.


For a full list of workshops and classes please consult our events listing below, in the meantime please note that…


The next two Friday@Furphy sundowners celebrate the work of:


Helena Studdert (March 12 at 5.30) whose oral history ‘no bed of roses’ (Sid Harta Press) follows the life of her Polish immigrant father Teo who survived a labour camp in Germany in WWII before coming to live in Australia. For those interested in using oral history as a strategy for writing family stories, Helena’s presentation is a must. Look out for a workshop with Helena, who has a Phd in history, in the coming months.


Josephine Taylor’s ‘Eye of a Rook’ is one of the latest releases from Fremantle Press and we are delighted to have Jo with us to discuss her work on April 9. ‘Eye of a Rook’ features two women battling the same little known medical condition: Alice in contemporary Perth and Emily in London in the late 1800s. Susan Midalia writes – ‘Courageous and enthralling…this compassionate, beautifully written book explores important questions about the forces that make us who we are. Donna Mazza writes – ‘raw and intelligent, a searing depiction of the secret journey of female bodies.’


Congratulations to Helena and Josephine whose book have launched so recently!


I hope you will join us on a Friday soon,


Karen Whittle-Herbert

President.


FAWWA Events for March


Tuesday 9th - Write Night, MFH, 6.30-9pm


Thursday 11th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 1pm


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


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


Friday 9th - Friday @ Furphy's with Helena Studdert, talking about her book 'no bed of roses'


Monday 15th - Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition opens.


Tuesday 16th - Writers' Hour with Louise Allen, MFH, 6.30-9pm


Thursday 18th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 1pm


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


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


Thursday 25th - A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, MFH, 10 - 1pm


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


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


Saturday 27th - Trisha Kotai-Ewers Celebration Event, MFH, 1pm onwards


Tuesday 30th - Writers' Hour with Louise Allen, MFH, 6.30-9pm


and early 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


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


Other Writing Notices

FAWQ Maureen Freer Literary Competition 2021

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


FAWQ Gloria Anderlini Memoir Competition 2021

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


Congratulations to a Member

FAWWA Member Annie Wilson received a Highly Commended for a manuscript she submitted for a young adult fiction award (ASA 2021 Award Mentorship Program for Writers and Illustrators).


A couple of Thank You's

Thank you to Robert Bonolo for the work to restore the doorknob at Mattie Furphy House. We wish to extend a big thank you to all trades people who .work on keeping our heritage-listed houses in good condition


FAWWAwould like to thank Alan Jefferys (father of renown presenter Campbell Jefferys), who build FAWWA's Little Library and has recently added an extension. As you can see, the extension has already been filled and the Little Library is happily overflowing!! Please take a browse when you are next here for an event, and help us recycle some of those books to a new home!!




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