Welcome to 2017 – New Year Heralds Change

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As mentioned in a previous post there will be changes to the Mordialloc Writers’ Group this year.

Unfortunately, no one stepped forward to organise Readings by The Bay on a monthly basis so there have been no dates booked for 2017.

If the readings are revived, regular attendees will be the first to know.

Breda Hertaeg is coordinating the Tuesday night workshops and the following dates have been booked this year. All bookings are for ROOM 1, 7:30 – 10:00 pm.

FEBRUARY 7, 21

MARCH 7, 21

APRIL 11, 25 (ANZAC day)

MAY 9, 23

JUNE 6, 20

JULY 4, 18

AUGUST 1, 15,  29

SEPTEMBER 12, 26

OCTOBER 10, 24

NOVEMBER 7, (Melb Cup) & 21

DECEMBER 5

 I guess the changes can be described as ‘an end of an era’ – I founded the group with Noelle Franklyn. I’m the only one remaining who has seen every writer come through the group (over 200 local and not so local writers) – some achieving publishing success with novels and poetry collections. Many published in our nine anthologies, the last one for our 20th Anniversary.

I’m thrilled Breda is running Tuesday nights and although it is sad Readings By The Bay will no longer be a regular fixture there are many other venues for writers to read their work that didn’t exist when I first started our event in Mordialloc.

Good luck to everyone for a great writing year  – I’ll still be teaching at three local community houses but I’m taking the second term off to go travelling.

On March 31, I fly to Beijing, then to Mongolia to start my journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then fly to London from Helsinki.

In the UK I’ll be catching up with friends and family in England, Scotland and Ireland,  plus visiting the Orkney and Shetland Isles, new destinations for me. I’m hoping to catch up with writer friends I only know through the Internet.

I’ll be blogging my trip, so for anyone interested please follow me at Up The Creek With A Pen, https://mairineil.com

And for anyone living near any of my intended destinations and who may want to have a cuppa with me – please get in touch.  

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Calling all poets and lovers of poetry

Poetic inspirations @ Emerald – A new Poetry Reading Project, every second Saturday of the month

Dimitri Troaditis has confirmed this project is going ahead, especially for all those who write in another language other than English and/or have their work in a bilingual or translated form.

First Reading is on

Saturday, April 11, 11.45AM-1.45PM

Featuring  Michael Crane  and  Esther Oliver

and open mic

Held at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

195 Bank St.,  South Melbourne   (opposite South Melbourne Town Hall)
11.45am- 1.45pm  (Library closes at 2pm on Saturdays)

The room can seat up to 30 persons. There is a kitchen available to use, with the usual facilities, including crockery and a hot water urn. The room also has audio visual equipment and screen if it will be required.

RSVP: Contact troaditisdimitris@gmail.com  and/or 0432 094 342

A New Poetry Reading Project in Melbourne

Dimitri Troaditis who organised poetry in Federation Square before it was cancelled has been busy organising an alternative venue.

Calling all poets and lovers of poetry every second Saturday of the month

Especially all those who write in a language other than English and/or have their work in a bilingual or translated form!

WHAT: First Reading is on: Saturday, April 11, 11.45am – 1.45pm

WHO: Featuring Michael Crane and Ben John Smith (hopefully)

plus open mic

WHERE: at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre
195 Bank St.,
South Melbourne (opposite South Melbourne Town Hall)

Put the date in your diary now: April 11th @ 11.45am- 1.45pm (Library closes at 2pm on Saturdays)

The room can seat up to 30 persons. There is a kitchen available to use, with the usual facilities, including crockery and a hot water urn. The room also has audio visual equipment and screen if required.

The Poetry Reading dates through out 2015 are as follows:

April 11, 11.45AM-1.45PM
May 9, 11.45AM-1.45PM
June 13, 11.45AM-1.45PM
July 11, 11.45AM-1.45PM
August 8, 11.45AM-1.45PM
September 12, 11.45AM-1.45PM
October 10, 11.45AM-1.45PM
November 14, 11.45AM-1.45PM
December 12, 11.45AM-1.45PM

For more information:
CONTACT: Dimitri Troaditis troaditisdimitris@gmail.com and/or 0432 094 342
Emerald Library and Heritage Centre
Art & Heritage Programs | Arts & Culture 9209 6416 http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

***Dimitri’s email advises there will be further announcements.