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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Join Us For Our Fifteen Minutes Of Fame

Join Us For Our Fifteen Minutes Of Fame

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Next weekend will be a busy one for  Mordialloc Writers Group.

On Saturday, some of us will be at the Mentone Public Library reading from our latest anthology, Kingston My City and sharing the billing with writer Amanda Apthorpe who will be showcasing her latest novel. The details can be found at Mentone Library’s blog:

http://mentonepubliclibrary.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/mentonepublic-library-proudly-presents.html

Kingston Seniors Festival Literary Showcase

with Amanda Apthorpe + The Mordialloc Writers Group

When: 11am, Saturday, 29th October 2016

Email: mentonepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Address: Rear Entrance to the C.A.B.

36 Florence Street, Mentone. VIC. 3194

RSVP: Thursday, 27th October 2016

(Bookings Essential due to the Cosy Nature of Our Space)

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On Sunday, the group will be hosting our regular public monthly readings at Mordialloc Neighbourhood House, welcoming all those who want to read or listen to poetry and prose.

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Poetic Aspirations or to be Inspired?

For those who can’t come to Mordialloc Writers’ book launch or who have the day to indulge in literary activities, Dimitri Troaditis is hosting

Poetic inspirations @ Emerald

November 14, 11.45am-1.45pm

Poetry reading with

JENNIFER MACKENZIE
HIDAYET CEYLAN
ALANA KELSALL

and open mic

at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

195 Bank St., South Melbourne
(opposite South Melbourne Town Hall)

11.45am- 1.45pm

The Library closes at 2.00pm on Saturdays so you still have plenty of time to come to Mordialloc!

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.

The next and last for 2015 reading is December 12, 11.45am-1.45pm

For more information:  Dimitri Troaditis troaditisdimitris@gmail.com

Tel: 0432 094 342
OR Emerald Library and Heritage Centre  Art & Heritage Programs | Arts & Culture 9209 6416

Catch-Up What’s On and Competitions For Writers

Sincere apologies for taking so long to update this blog, but shortage of time and wearing multi-hats is the price paid by volunteers who still have all the demands of “life” while they try to be creative.

This is a timely intro into the new state government’s request that all those involved in what they refer to as the Creative Industries,  anyone with a connection to ‘the arts’, submit ideas, opinions, and comments on a discussion paper, Let’s Get Creative About Victoria’s Future. Your contribution will help form Victoria’s first Creative Industries Strategy.

I went to a workshop last week and here is my blog on what we discussed. The Victorian Writers’ Centre has a lot to suggest too and this can be read here. The most important take away is the closing date for submissions is soon – please connect and contribute, it’s important. We don’t often get asked and this is an inclusive process – you can even remain anonymous and just click on suggestions you agree with on an interactive page online!

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established writers to showcase their work to new, international audiences.

Judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers, the prize awards £500 to each winner in Short Fiction and Poetry as well as publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing.

Prizes include:

£500 Poetry winner
£500 Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
One year subscription to Granta
Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.  Here is the link.

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Submit your #poetry #shortfiction to @AestheticaMag Creative #Writing Award. Win #publication to showcase your talent http://tinyurl.com/ckktess

CONTACT for further information:

Alexandra Beresford         www.aestheticamagazine.com
Marketing Coordinator
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
York
YO23 1WL
0044 (0)1904 629 137
01144 1904 629 137 from USA and Canada

The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition is open to all Australian writers for short fiction between 3000-10,000 words. The competition is presented by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Island Magazine, in conjunction with the Geoff and Elizabeth Dean Foundation. Entry fee is $20. First prize is $2,000.

Closes 31st July

2015 Poetic Christi Press Poetry Competition

The theme for Poetic Christi Press’s poetry competition is ‘imagination’. Poems must be previously unpublished. Maximum length is 50 lines. First prize is $300; second is $100. Twenty five poems will be selected to be included in an anthology to be published by the press. Entry fee is $6 per submission.

Closes 31st August

Melaleuca Blue Life Writing Competition

This year we are going to collect flash-memoir, short stories and prose about your schooling life, and in particular a funny or useful lesson learned at school. The title of the book will be “Do nuns wear knickers? True stories of school life and what we really learned.”

Kari O’Gorman is seeking a wide range of experiences and especially types and generations of schooling. If yours is not successful, it is not likely due to your quality of writing, it is simply for variety sake.

In addition, we are also seeking photos or images of school as fillers in the book. We also would like some filler stories to be collected verbally and written down in less than 300 words. So if you know of anyone with an interesting school story who perhaps doesn’t like to write, please find out if you can record them with their permission and ask if they want to be included in the book.

Closes 14th August

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.

More Writing and Publishing Opportunities – 2015 Alan Marshall Short Story Award

Entries are NOW OPEN – Enter your short story.

Winners share a prize pool worth over $5,000 in cash plus professional development.

For more information and to enter go to www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/AMSSA2015

Alan Marshall Short Story Award Anthologies

… On the Loose To be Caught and Read with Book Crossing

Keep your eyes on the lookout for copies of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award anthologies Write On… and Illuminations.

The anthologies will be ‘released into the wild’ and able to be tracked using the BookCrossing website: http://www.bookcrossing.com/

The Alan Marshall Short Story Award is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Invitation to Inaugural Gwen Ford Talk – An Evening with Helen Garner

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award, this inaugural event honours the memory of one of the great contributors to the cultural life in Nillumbik Shire: Gwen Ford – gardener, writer, artist, social justice advocate, and friend to an entire community.

Guest speaker is, Helen Garner, one of Australia’s most loved – and read – writers. Helen will discuss This House of Grief, her most recent work, described by Peter Craven as ‘A magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart.’

The evening will also include a reading by Dennis Coard of the 2014 Alan Marshall Short Story Award Open Section winning story Last Man Standing by Michelle Wright.

Gwen Ford, whose anniversary falls in late March, was intimately involved with the Alan Marshall Short Story Award. Helen Garner is former judge of the competition. So all things come together for an evening of talk and fellowship.

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015

Place: The Great Hall, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham

Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Tickets: $10

A glass of wine and light refreshments will be provided

Bookings essential at (03) 9439 7712 or montsalvat@montsalvat.com.au

Information: http://www.montsalvat.com.au/WhatsOn/RememberingGwenFord-Anevening.aspx

Further information:

Clare Leporati | Literary Arts Project Officer
Nillumbik Shire Council | Civic Drive (PO Box 476) Greensborough Victoria 3088
9433 3126 | clare.leporati@nillumbik.vic.gov.au | www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au