NWG Inc:

We run gatherings, workshops and gigs plus publish two annual zines: NWG Inc Anthology and ZineWest.

These pages are part of our Events Archive. For events post 2009, please go to our NWG Inc Blog

Events 2009

Gatherings: Our regular gatherings continued at Mars Hill Cafe and Merrylands Library, twice a month at each venue.
Parramatta Library: our first community event for 2009 was reading poetry on Valentine's Day with musician Luciano Mesiti. Later in the year, on 29th October, we read original stories and poems for READ ALOUD following the Library's guest author, Caroline Jones. On both occasions we collaborated with poets from FAW Parramatta.

Holroyd City Council: We ran an information stall at ArtSPark 16th May and on the 7th November we hosted HomeWORD in Holroyd - a day long writers' festival at Merrylands library. Fiona Wright (Editor, Giramondo Publishing) and George Basha (actor, screen-writer "The Combination") ran workshops, NWG Inc members read from their 2009 Anthology and a display of illustrated writing that has appeared in our publications since 2005, was posted on the notice board in the library foyer. Cr. Pam Coleman (Holroyd CC) launched the Anthology. Both these events were made possible by a Community Assistance Grant from Holroyd City Council.

Riverbeats Live 09: This event was put on by Parramatta City Council, an evening of light and sound entertainment on the banks of Parramatta River. NWG Inc collected hundreds of haiku for Riverbeats Directors to select for the performances. Felicity Amos read some of the haiku as part of the musical presentation and many more were projected onto giant white balls hovering above the riverbanks. A dazzling evening which we enjoyed being part of. NWG Inc ran a competition in conjuction with collecting the haiku - winning poems can be found in our NWG Inc EZine.

Publications: As usual, we published two print zines, the NEW Writers' Group Inc Anthology 09 (Editor Carol Amos) and ZineWest 09 (Editor Sue Crawford). The anthology was launched at HomeWORD in Holroyd - see above - the ZineWest 09 was launched by Ms Julie Owens Federal MP for Parramatta at the Parramatta Heritage Centre on 26th September. Fiona Wright, editor Giramondo Publishing was the competition judge on behalf of the Writing and Society Research Group (UWS) which co-sponsors the prizes. Our EZine is slowly growing - the latest editions are haiku from the Riverbeats Live 09 project.

New Writers' Group Gatherings in 2010 will continue to be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at Parramatta, Mars Hill Cafe and also at Merrylands Library on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, starting February.
For details on our Gathering venues and times, and our latest events please go to NWG Inc Home

2008 Events Summary

New Writers' Group Inc published another Anthology for their financial members and gatherers in 2008, plus the second edition of ZineWest which is open to all Western Sydney Writers. Our writers gathered regularly at Parramatta and Merrylands to read their writing and to share news and network. In 2008 we did not run a HomeWord Festival but we particpated in Poetry Slams at Mars Hill Cafe and offered our own in-house workshops to writers wanting feedback. Some of the writers of longer works offered each other support and editing. Highlight of the year was the ZineWest Launch at Mars Hill Cafe

Felicity Castagna who was awarded 1st Place in the ZineWest 08 competition talking to Dr. Mridula Chakraborty, the ZW judge from the Writing and Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney. See E-Zine Inde

HomeWord Festival

The first HomeWord Festival was held in 2003 before New Writers' Group was incorporated. The festival was auspiced by ICE (Artfiles). Three more followed between 2005 and 2007. Calendars for 2006 and 2007 are linked to this page. All the HomeWord festivals were funded by Parramatta City Council Community Grants. Performance, workshops, writers forums and publication launches were the principal events. The festivals were integral to both the firm establishment of New Writers' Group Inc and the growth of sound networks, skills and confidence in supporting writing and writers in Western Sydney.

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"Words are the basis of most forms of cultural and artistic expression and there are many people and groups living in Western Sydney who write for a profession, who aspire to tell the stories of their urban reality, who create and perform songs, poems, films, and much more," Isabell Petrinic, HomeWord Festival Co-ordinator 2006.