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					Fellowship                                                                         May 2006

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                                                                              Series 2 Volume 4 Number 4




                         The Fellowship of Australian Writers (Western Australia)

The Fellowship’s “year of the poet” continues as we prepare for our
May poet-in-residence, Sarah French. She talks with Tanya
                                                                           In this issue…
Dewhurst about her work, inspiration and impending residency.              Page 2
It is appropriate that Sarah                                               -President’s Ponderings
French’s upcoming FAWWA                                                    - Writing at Rottnest 2006
workshops are entitled Hunting 
the Poem I & II. Tracking down 
exact words, rhythms and even                                              Page 3
muses to give her poems  
unexpected perspectives seems to                                           -News
be this talented poet’s hallmark. 
   Her prize givers agree. When 
                                                                           Page 4
reviewing Sudden Alchemy: Se‐
lected Australian poetry in Austra‐                                        -Sarah French continued
lian Book Review Anthony Law‐
rence said, “When considering 
the new voices that appear in this                                         Page 5
                                                         Sarah French
book, there is one that stands out                                         -Members’ Credits
brilliantly. French’s remarkable      ‘soft shoulders’, the way that 
                                      meaning is layered and can slip. 
                                                                           -Hungerford Award
use of unexpected rhythms and 
fine detail, make prediction im‐      I don’t believe subject matter       -Masterclass Impressions
possible.”                            has to be ‘important’ for a poem 
   Professor Andrew Taylor, who       to count. I like that famous 
selected Sarah French as the win‐     quote, ‘There are no small parts,    Page 6
ner of the Julie Lewis Poetry         only small actors.’ I think it ap‐   -May Calendar
Award 2005, commented on her          plies to all art forms. I hope my 
same unpredictable quality as a       poems contain an exploration of 
“freshness of vision…the ability      the extraordinary found in ordi‐     Page 7
to see something in an original       nary moments and things.” 
                                                                           -Gwen Atkinson (Bessell-
unhackneyed way”.                       A Perth native, Sarah has not 
   This “freshness of vision” was     only discovered inspiration in       Browne) - an Interview
related both to rhythm, treatment     her home town, but also plenty 
of subject matter, imagery and        of support. In 2005 she was 
individual voice. When asked          awarded an ArtsWA New Con‐           Page 8
what inspires that freshness,         cepts Grant for the development      -Opportunities
Sarah’s answer is as visionary as     of her first poetry collection.  
her poetry.                             And after being commended 
   “Big question,” she responds.      three times, she won the WA          Page 9
”Big answer, life. Smaller answer,    Section of the Tom Collins Poetry    -Competitions
memory. It’s played a crucial role    Prize in 2004.  
in my writing. But not only my          But her accomplishments            June 30 is end of the
own memories: the memories that       don’t stop there. Last year, she     membership year.
are passed down like heirlooms.       won the Trudy Graham Poetry          Support your Fellowship
Language inspires me too, the         Prize, after being runner up in      and renew your member-
play of words. I love reading         2004. She co‐edited the Young        ship early! Email
signs that warn that roads have                                            fawwa@iinet.net.au for a
                                                Continued on page 4...     renewal form.
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President’s Ponderings                                                         Writing at Rottnest 2006
“There is no perfect time to write.                                            Before you make other commitments
Thereʹs only now.ʺ                                                             for spring, pencil this one into your
                                                                               diary! After a five-year break,
               —Barbara Kingsolver                                             Writing at Rottnest is back.
                                                                                 It will be a great way to finish
Although 3am seems a good                                                      Spring Poetry Month for poets,
                                                                               and a compensation to prose writers
time to me! Not conducive to 
                                                                               for not having had such a feast!
having a clear head for the rest                                               (We'll do all kinds of writing.)
of the day, though.                                                              The Sergeants' Mess is booked from
  Sorting through some old files                                               early afternoon Thursday, 28th Sep-
                                                                               tember until Sunday morning, 1st
at yes, either 3am or 4am this                                                 October (which may be extended to
morning! I found these words                                                   the afternoon).
about beginning a writing life:                                                  Because its the beginning of the
                                                                               school holidays and a long weekend,
   All week I have had flashes of                                              the weekend will start on the Thurs-
   that life. Of a disciplined sitting                    Trisha Kotai-Ewers   day. By then, it's usually just warm
   at a desk, table, or even, as I do                                          enough for the odd dip - the Mess is
                                          given such a lot of time and         very close to the beach.
   now, on the patio, book angled 
                                          effort to the Fellowship. Thanks       Costs are still to be finalised, but
   across my knees.                                                            probably around $268 per person.
                                          to you both, not only for your 
  I have no recollection of writ‐                                              This includes shared accommodation,
                                          work on the committee, but for       catering, workshop sessions (led by
ing that, and unfortunately they 
                                          your tangible gifts to TCH. We       Jenny de Garis and writers' own cur-
have remained only flashes.                                                    rent interests) and handouts. Costs
                                          wish you improved health.  
Perhaps now, though, there will                                                do not include ferry fare or bike hire.
                                            Technically speaking: our new      The fare is approx $60 return and $9
be changes. 
                                          membership database (in              to take your own bike on the ferry.
  There certainly have been                                                      Jenny’s workshops cater for all
                                          Microsoft Access) has sped up 
changes at FAWWA these last                                                    backgrounds and genres, giving
                                          all procedures. Any new postal 
weeks. I am delighted to                                                       writers free time to follow their own
                                          address is immediately trans‐        interests: island inspired or other.
welcome Catherine de Garis as 
                                          ferred to the mailing label file,      These Rottnest gatherings have
Office Manager. Since she began                                                always been popular. Participants are
                                          so that at newsletter time, we 
last week Catherine has already                                                limited to 14, so book early! Places
                                          only have to press the button        will only be guaranteed by a deposit,
initiated several improvements. 
                                          and–voila!–the labels are            once costs are finalised.
Familiar with the organisation                                                   To book or for more info, contact
                                          printed. 
through her casual work this                                                   Jenny de Garis, jjdeg@yahoo.com
                                             Last month the lease on our       t: 9310 3896 m: 0400 200491
year updating MYOB and our 
                                          old photocopier expired. We 
Membership Database, she is at 
                                          now have a brand new, efficient       Display Advertising Rates
ease establishing order in the 
                                          (!) machine which actually saves 
chaos.  
                                          us money compared to the last         Standard (85mm x 60mm) $50
  And, yes, her name will be                                                    Deluxe (85mm x 110mm) $100
                                          one! So, remember us when you 
familiar to many of you. She is                                                 Luxury (110mm x 110mm)$150
                                          need photocopying.  
the daughter of poet and mem‐                                                   Trump (full page) $200
                                             We are also applying to Lot‐
ber, Jenny de Garis.  
                                          terywest for funds to upgrade         Inserts (if material supplied)$80
  Welcome, too, to John Cregan 
                                          our computers and internet con‐
who joined the committee dur‐                                                   Ten percent surcharge for
                                          nections. In a few months we 
ing April. John will help work                                                  preferred position, if finished
                                          wonʹt recognise ourselves.            artwork not supplied or for
on our grant applications.  
                                             Which is why I began with          complicated layouts.
  Unfortunately we also fare‐
                                          ponderings on writing NOW! I 
welled committee members, Pat                                                   Members/ongoing ads
                                          start seriously this week.   
Adamson and Pauline Mat‐                                                        receive 10 percent discount.
                                                     —Trisha Kotai-Ewers
thews, both of whom have                   
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News
New FAWWA Office Hours               Amanda le Bas de Plumetot:
FAWWA will now be open to the        There are no Dog Poets, VIC
public:                              Lucy Williams: For my Mother
Mondays:      10am - 1pm             Moving from the Sea, VIC
Wednesdays: 10am - 1pm
Thursdays:    10am - 1pm             Youth Section
                                     Winner
                                     Kim Wilkinson: Road Trip, QLD
Constitution Changes
The ballot to amend FAWWA’s          Commended
constitution was passed and will     Isabella Mead: Ruth, VIC
take effect next financial year.     William Kostakis: Imperfect, NSW
Thank you to all members who
made the effort to vote. After all   Poem By A Dandenongs’                  Welcome to Catherine de Garis,
financial members received no-       Resident                               FAWWA’s new office manager.
tice of proposed changes, we         Not Awarded                            Catherine brings a wealth of
received enough postal and email                                            experience and expertise to the
votes to approve changing the                                               Fellowship and it shows; after only
constitution. All but one member     Animate Fremantle Festival -           two weeks in the job, she is already
agreed with the constitutional       Special FAWWA Member offer             whipping the office into shape! Stop
amendments.                          Don’t miss this excellent opportu-     in and say hi.
                                     nity to take part in a three-part
                                     workshop, running in July,
                                                                            tea and coffee,
SLC Name Change                      August and September.
                                                                            opening readings with a local
The State Literature Centre has        These workshops are designed
                                                                            poet guest speaker. A great po-
officially changed its name to       to create opportunities for
                                                                            etry event. For more info Miranda
WritingWA.                           emerging and experienced
                                                                            08 9758 8665.
 Coinciding with the new name,       writers to develop and present
WritingWA has moved location.        new writing for the Fremantle
                                                                             
They can now be found at:            Festival 2006.
Ground Floor, Alexander Library        In order to create original writ-    Three-Day Novel Race
Building, Perth Cultural Centre      ing for publication and exhibition     The most innovative literary
WA 6000                              at the City Library and Fremantle      marathon in the Southern Hemi-
Tel: +61 8 9228 9908                 Arts Centre during the Fremantle       sphere will be run on the Queen’s
Fax: + 61 8 9228 9907                Festival, participants will attend a   Birthday long Weekend. The
Email: info@writingwa.org            series of workshops with experi-       Three-Day Novel Race demands
Web: writingwa.org                   enced writers and access art-          that aspiring writers in all corners
                                     works from the City of Fremantle       of the Continent of Australia cre-
                                     Art Collection.                        ate a literary masterpiece in three
Woorilla Annual Poetry Prize           Three different writers will each    days or 72 hours or 4,320
2006 Results                         lead a series of three workshops;      minutes.
Judged By Judith Rodriguez           established writers, Bruce Russell       First Prize: $1,000, mentorship,
                                     and Josephine Wilson confirmed           and publication as an ebook
Open Section                         so far.                                  Second Prize: $500
Winner                                 Ten places have been reserved          Third Prize: $250
Joan Kerr: Enough, VIC               exclusively for FAWWA members.         Entry fee: $10 per author. For
                                     Cost is $60, which needs to be         details contact Three-Day Novel
Runner-Up                            paid to FAWWA by the end of            Race, City of Salisbury, PO Box 8,
Kevin Gillam: neap, WA               May to confirm your place. Act         Salisbury SA 5108.
                                     quickly – first in best dressed!
Commended
Christine Strelan: My insect over-                                          Wanted Part-time Cleaner
lords, NSW                           Spoken Word Night
Kevin Brophy: The Hazy Ships,        Come along to a Spoken Word            Two hours per fortnight to clean
VIC                                  Night, Thursday, May 11th. This        Tom Collins House. $15 per
Kevin Brophy: Drifting, VIC          event is scheduled at the Druids       hour. Experienced cleaners only
Jodie Young: She Carves his          Hall, Bussell H'way, Witchcliffe,      please.
Name, VIC                            7.30pm start. Gold coin donation,      Call Catherine at 9384 4771.

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Sarah French cont’d
Writers Issue of Westerly and was       ers have an internal momentum              Boy
a guest editor of Five Bells.  She      pushing us to write, but we                (for my Father)
spent 2004 teaching poetry at           have to honour that, because 
Curtin University. And with her         once we stop, and the longer we            He was here yesterday
work published widely in jour‐          stop for, the harder it is to get          standing in front of the back-
nals throughout Australia, most         started again. I stay motivated            drop of an old army blanket
recently in Westerly, Cordite and       by reading other writers. Not all          dressed as the princess in
Blue Dog, she is one of WA’s ris‐       readers write, but all writers             Aladdin
ing stars.                              read!”                                     the sticky pink of his dress
   Sarah attributes this outpour‐         Fortunately, Sarah’s residency           had to be colourized in the
ing to a variety of muses – from        at TCH will give her that time             photograph
80’s band, The Clash to classical       to concentrate on her second               his face a pale blank
poets, John Donne and e.e. cum‐         poetry collection. “I’ll play with 
mings.                                  the idea of mother countries, 
   “I love cummings for his joy,        mother tongues and the child               he had to sing a duet with
passion and sense of play,” she         migration scheme,” she says.               Aladdin
explains. “His poems are re‐            “However, I’m very much into               a dream in duck egg blue
minders that ’feeling is first’ but     the process of writing. Although           satin
it can’t be separated from the          I have a destination in mind, I’ll         face as perfect a circle
‘syntax of things’. A poem is an        see where the words take me.               as a compass ever drew,
open invitation, and can be ac‐         I’m also looking forward to                smile --
cessible even if its language is        meeting the members of                     strung like a hammock from
layered and complex.”                   FAWWA and sharing my work                  ear to ear
   Sarah also favours John              with them. I’m hoping that I can 
Donne’s sonnets and reads a lot         help members develop their 
of Australian poetry. “Joanne           own voices as poets. Once                  they had to sing
Burns, Geoff Page, Emma                 you’ve learned things—and I’m              If you were the only girl in
Lew…and on and on,” she rat‐            still learning—it is always good           the world
tles off. ”With some poets I only       to pass them on.”                          & I was the only boy
like one of two of their poems,           You can hunt poems with 
but those poems become favour‐          Sarah at her two workshops and 
ites. Sometimes, a poetry collec‐       meet her at various functions              at the Royal Albert Orphanage
tion is like an LP or CD, one or        throughout May and early June.             the boy who kept himself a
two poems I’ll remember for a                          —Tanya Dewhurst             secret
                                                                                   guarded by silence all his life
lifetime, while the others disap‐
                                        Meet Sarah French                          had to open his throat & hope
pear into background music.” 
   As literary journals “become         Mon 15 May - June 9: Sarah’s
extinct” and poets and poetry           residency at Tom Collins House.
                                                                                   that he could follow his voice
are often “on the endangered 
                                        Sat 20 May, 1-4pm: Hunting the Poem        like an Indian rope trick -- up
species list”, Sarah fends off dis‐     I Workshop: Going in Search of Inspira-
                                        tion in your postcode. Focusing on the
                                                                                   into the rafters
couragement by sticking with 
                                        pastoral and anti-pastoral poem, find      & tickle those thick ribs of
her writing.                            poems that are on your doorstep.           wood, that
   “The writing always comes            $25/members $40/non-members.
                                                                                   given enough force
back. I love the process of it. So I 
                                        Sun 28 May, 3-5pm: Sunday at Tom’s.        his falsetto could shatter
make as much space for writing          Meet Sarah and hear her work. $3/$5.50     the small square window that
as I can. My main reason for 
                                        Sat 3 June, 1-4pm: Hunting the Poem
                                                                                   let in the moon
getting an ArtsWA Grant to 
complete my first poetry collec‐        II Workshop: Going in Search of Inspira-
                                        tion in your past code. How can the past
tion was so I could give my             (personal and communal) be shaped into     Sarah French
writing time. This was also why         poetry? Use the dry facts of history,      Westerly 2004
I went on the writing scholar‐          photographs and family trees as creative
ships interstate. I feel that writ‐     kindling. $25/members $40/non-
                                        members.

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Members’ Credits                      Hungerford Award                           Masterclass Impressions
Congratulations to Ernest             The 2006 TAG Hungerford                    Time: 10pm after the second
White, who at the sprightly age       Award for Fiction is a biannual            Masterclass.
                                                                                 Location: a participant’s mind.
of 83 (!), has been given the go      competition first established in 
ahead to publish 14 murder            1988. The Award honours West               Swirling doubt, a flocculent
novels.                               Australian author TAG                      emotion. Great word, but doesn’t
                                                                                 help current dilemma with my
                                      Hungerford for his outstanding             novel. To cut judiciously or start
                                      contribution to Australian                 again—again—or excise the open-
Belated kudos to Jenny Shep‐          literature.                                ing and insert it at the end?
herd for her book ’Saving                The Award is for an unpub‐                Oh, what sort of dash did I just
                                                                                 use? Think about it tomorrow.
Tippy’, which was published by        lished work of fiction by a West           More pressing, the need to decide
UWA Press last year. Well done        Australian author who has not              whether I can really do that to my
Jenny.                                previously been published in               protagonist, and must resolve the
                                                                                 dog problem.
                                      book form.  
                                                                                   A quick bedtime story from
                                         It is co‐presented by New               Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and
Don’t miss Pocket Theatre’s pro‐      Edition Bookshop, the West                 Leaves may be comforting.
duction of ‘Bedroom Baby’, a          Australian newspaper, Writ‐
                                                                                 Time: 6am Tuesday morning
one‐act play written by FAWWA         ingWA and the Fremantle Arts               Location: as above
supporter, Vivienne Glance.           Centre Press. 
  As one of three one‐act plays,         The winner will receive a               Breakfast with Google causes pal-
‘Bedroom Baby’ will be per‐           $6000 cash prize from New Edi‐             pitations. Search subject, the em
                                                                                 dash. Possible solution: a Cum-
formed at The Basement, The           tion Bookshop and a publishing             mings-esque approach to punc-
Swan Hotel, 201 Queen Victoria        contract with Fremantle Arts               tuation. Oh dear reader, I have
Street, North Fremantle.              Centre Press.                              left no room to explain the dog
                                                                                 problem, but can one really ex-
Matinee Session: 3pm, Sunday             Deadline is 30 June 2006. For 
                                                                                 pect closure in a column?
7 May.                                guidelines and entry forms visit             What you need to know is the
Evening Sessions: 8pm, Wed            the WritingWA website at                   Masterclass is wonderful, John
3 – Fri 5 May and Wed 10 – Fri        www.writingwa.org.                         Harman inspirational and the
                                                                                 group dynamic stimulating.
12 May.                                                                            Thank you FAWWA.
Tickets $15/$10 at the door or                                                             —Jenifer Hetherington
through BOCS (08 9484 1133).  

    Brush up on your Trivial            Wordwork Manuscripts                       FAWWA Competition Open
  Pursuit and get your thinking                                                  Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart
                                        Take your work to a higher level
 caps on! FAWWA is having a              with professional editing and           Short Story Competition 2006

    Spirit of Mattie                      manuscript assessment by
                                                                                 Closing Date: 15 June 2006
                                                                                 (entries must be postmarked by
        Quiz Night                            Dr Chris McLeod
                                                                                 this date to be eligible)
                                           Author of three novels and two
                                            collections of short fiction         Number of Words:
                                                                                 Max. 3000 per story.
  Wembley Hotel, Floreat                  Former fiction editor of Westerly      Prizes: First: $400; Second: $100;
       7pm August 23rd                 Experienced teacher of creative writing   2 x Highly Commended: $50 each.

               $15
                                      Experienced mentor for emerging writers
                                                                                 Entry Fee: $7 per story (max. of
                                      PhD & MA in English/Creative Writing.
                                                                                 three stories per entrant). Send
                                                                                 SSAE or email for entry form.
 This is a Fellowship fundraiser so            Phone: 9293 2882
                                                                                 FAWWA, PO Box 312,
                                         Email: wordwork@iinet.net.au
  show your support! Buy tickets                                                 Cottesloe WA 6911
                                                   Website:
 when you renew your membership.          www.wordwork.iinet.net.au              fawwa@iinet.net.au

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May Calendar                                                                   Meet the Writers
Mon 1 May, 6:30‐8:30pm:  Second          Kotai‐Ewers. $11.                     Wed 10 May - Josephine
Power of the Soul Workshop with                                                Wilson & Annabel Smith
Adrian Glamorgan. $18                    Thurs 18 May, 5pm: Deadline for       Hear the experiences of these new
                                         all Fellowship News submissions.      writers who are the first authors to
Tues 2 May 7‐9pm: Time to Write                                                be published in the UWA Press
writers’ group with Trisha Kotai‐        Sat 20 May, 1‐4pm: Hunting the        ‘Post-graduate writing’ series.
Ewers. $11.                              Poem I: Going in Search of Inspi‐
                                         ration. First workshop with Poet‐     RSVP to Tom Collins House by
Sat 6 May, 1‐5pm: Write Hemi‐            in‐residence, Sarah French.                     8th May
spheres writing marathon with             
                                         Tue 23 May, 7‐9pm: Time to Write      Cusp by Josephine Wilson
poet , Kevin Gillam. $22. 
                                         with Trisha Kotai‐Ewers. $11.          “From Perth to Manhattan, from
 
                                                                               Rachael Carson's Silent Spring to
Tues 9 May 7‐9pm: Time to Write 
                                         Fri 26 May, 11am: Newsletter          the birth of the Karaoke clip, Cusp
with Trisha Kotai‐Ewers. $11.                                                  is a novel about how small worlds
                                         folding. All welcome. 
                                                                               are part of big worlds. It’s also
Wed 10 May, 7.30pm: Meet the                                                   about being a girl, about loving
Writers, Josephine Wilson and            Sat 27 May, 2‐5pm: Writing Jun‐
                                                                               your mother, about life and death,
Annabel Smith who will be read‐          ior Fiction. Georgia Richter’s sec‐
                                                                               and about not quite being there
ing from their works and discuss‐        ond workshop on writing junior 
                                                                               and almost being here.”
ing the publishing process. $10.         fiction. $33/$44.                                   —UWA Press Website
                                          
Sat 13 May, 2‐5pm: Writing Junior        Sun 28 May, 3‐5pm: Sunday at          A New Map of the Universe by
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Gwen Atkinson (Bessell-Browne) - an Interview
As Australia observed another Anzac Day, Gwen Atkinson’s famous poem “The
Road to Kokoda” was undoubtedly read throughout the country. At 92, the
veteran FAWWA member is still going strong. Sally Gaunt spoke to Gwen at her
Innaloo home just a few days before our day of remembrance.

“Mrs Atkinson is a remarkable per‐            teen poems with a dedication page 
son, and is an inspiration not only to        illustrated by Athol Snook]. I was 
older people in exemplifying what can         told that poetry does not sell but 
be achieved later in life, but to all, for    paid for the first 250 copies myself. 
simply what can be achieved with a              These were printed by Robertson 
positive outlook and a willingness to         and Mullins in 1943. The books 
try and never give up.”                       were placed around my photo in a 
                                                                                                         Gwen Atkinson
                         —WRB Hassell         window of the Angus and Robert‐
                                              son Swanston Street store.  Austra‐      years ago. Years later I was pre‐
Sally Gaunt: When were you born               lian troops were fighting fiercely       sented with a set of oil paints as a 
and where?                                    on the Kokoda Trail; Melbourne           birthday present and I went back to 
   Gwen Atkinson: I was born in               overflowed with American service‐        painting. My exhibition at  
Melbourne on the 11th September               men. The books sold out, went into       Tressillion in Nedlands when I was 
1914 so I am now 92 years of age.             reprint and made a profit. The tim‐      90 displayed my paintings and 
   SG: At what age did you start to           ing was right.                           some of my late brother Athel 
write?                                           SG: Could you give me an idea         Snook. I paint gigantic swirling 
   GA: At 16 I knew I could write             as to the scope of your creativity?      flowers in bright colours with a 
poetry and I started by publishing               GA: I have written three books of     tactile rough texture.  
some poetry in a Catholic church              poetry. And a special book of po‐           SG:  What are you working on at 
paper.                                        etry for children“ Circuses and          the moment? 
   SG: In what circumstances did              Things”. I also have six CDs of po‐         GA:  In March 2006 I wrote the 
you publish “The Road to                      etry.                                    poem “I Rode On the Wings of an 
Kokoda” your most famous poem                    SG: Why do you like to use CDs?       Angel” which has just been set to 
frequently read at Anzac Day ser‐                GA: I used to tape a lot of my        music by the singer Carmel Charl‐
vices?                                        poetry but CDs are a more durable,       ton. 
   GA: Sorrow makes you do                    portable product. I have a young            SG: I’m sure we’ll be hearing 
things. During world war II Curtin            friend, Rex Renee, who comes over        more from you. Thanks so much, 
recalled our forces from Britain to           and helps make the recordings.           Gwen. 
defend Australia. Both my hus‐                   SG: Have you written plays as                                  —Sally Gaunt 
band, Sergeant John Bessell‐                  well as poems?                           THE ROAD TO KOKODA
Browne and my brother Athol                      GA: For the Karrakatta Club, of 
Snook were in the RAAF. John, a               which I have been a member for 30        Dear God : What men are these
                                                                                       That we have bred?
wireless air gunner was 28 and                years, I have written 6 one act          Who bravely tread
Athol enlisted at 19 much to                  plays. These are comic or have a         The way to hell
mother’s dismay.                              twist at the end. “Inspector Blank       Along the road that leads
  When John left for overseas ser‐            At Your Service”, “Is this Seat Va‐      To dark Kokoda.
vice I was pregnant. He died in               cant?” and “How Are We Today?”           Are these, our husbands,
Koepang East Timor. My son John               had three or four parts. We had a        Brothers, sons, our friends
was born after his death.                     great time performing these plays        That once we knew
                                                                                       These heroes?
  Athol escaped from occupied                 at the club.                             Who, fever-stricken, drenched with
Java in an open boat and was res‐                SG: You are well known for your       rain,
cued by the Americans close to the            paintings and have exhibited well        Through jungle swamp and endless
                                                                                       pain
West Australian coast.                        into your 90’s.  
                                                                                       Tread the road that leads
  I was so shattered by these events             GA: Yes, I studied briefly with       To dark Kokoda?
that I wrote “The Road to Kokoda”             artist, Craig Gough at Swinburne 
[contained in a collection of four‐           Technical College in Melbourne           1943
                                                                                                                     Page 7
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Opportunities                                                                Competitions
Sleepers Publishing                    and publish new Australian writ-
Submissions are open for their         ing. It is designed specifically to
                                                                             May 12
third short fiction anthology.         give emerging writers a chance.       FAW North Shore Prose
Sleepers’ latest release, The          They are interested in short fic-     Competition
Nervous System is an excellent         tion, opinion pieces, essays and      Open style, open theme. Max 500
read, featuring emerging and           poetry. Send submissions (max of      words. Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $50.
established writers. The theme         3) to Wet Ink Magazine Inc, PO        Entry fee $5. No entry form required,
for the 2007 anthology is The          Box 3162, Rundle Mall, SA 5000.       no ID marks to be on entry, must
Family Affair and submissions          Full guidelines visit                 have cover sheet attached giving
close on June 2. Further details       www.wetink.com.au. Enquiries to       name, address, phone number,
can be found at                        editor@wetink.com.au.                 email, title of entry, word count.
www.sleeperspublishing.com.                                                  Send entries to Competition Secre-
                                       Call for submissions from             tary, 5 Mara Crescent, Mooney
Cordite Poetry Review                  Women Writers                         Mooney NSW 2083. For full terms
Calling for submissions. Issue         Getting Even: Women’s Tales of        and conditions email Jan:
24’s theme is ‘Common Wealth’          Revenge (an anthology) to be          jthomas4@bigpond.net.au or call
with payment available for po-         published by Serpent’s Tail is        (02) 9985 9016.
ems, reviews and feature articles.     seeking submissions. As the
Cordite Poetry Review began as a       ‘fairer sex’ we’ve all been           Victorian Premier’s Literary
print literary journal, but has now    screwed in one way or another,        Awards 2006
converted to an online publica-        with the screwers often walking       One of Victoria’s leading literary
tion. For further details, see their   away unscathed. Old story, right?     awards, with a total of $195,000
website: www.cordite.org.au.           But what if FOR ONCE the ‘unfair      offered in eleven categories. Includes
Rates of pay are $60 for poems,        sex’ (and even some of our own)       a prize for unpublished manuscript by
$50 for reviews and $100 for fea-      actually got what’s coming to         an emerging writer. Full details and
ture articles. Submissions for Is-     them? Lover, husband, boss,           entry forms available from
sue 24 close May 31, 2006.             child minder, whomever. Ladies,       www.slv.vic.gov.au/pla/ or by calling
                                       it’s time to settle the score! Sto-   (03) 8664 7277.
The From Near and Far Play             ries can be of any length, pref-
Writing Contest                        erably under 9000 words, may be       May 15
Accepting scripts to Sept 2006,        of any sexual orientation, unpub-
looking for 10 to 15 comedies          lished material only. For further     75th Annual Writer’s Digest
that speak to the Irish spirit.        submission details email              Writing Competition
They are especially interested in      worddabbler@yahoo,com. Dead-          Grand Prize: US $3000 cash plus an
submissions from Irish play-           line 1 August.                        all-expenses paid trip to NYC to meet
wrights and playwrights with Irish                                           with editors and agents. Entry fee
roots. The comedy must be set          Positive Words                        US$15 or US$10 for poetry sections.
inside a pub with 2 to 5 actors. A     Seeking submissions of poetry,        There are 10 competition categories,
minimum of three $100 US prizes        short stories and articles for up-    for guidelines visit:
will be awarded. All winning           coming issues. Work on all            www.writersdigest.com/contests/
scripts will receive a staged read-    themes is welcome with special
ing and possible production. For       themes each month. Upcoming           Brian Maguire Memorial Poetry
complete submission guidelines,        themes are Old News and Sugar         Competition
visit www.daughtersoferin.com/         and Spice. Contributors will re-      Rhymed or unrhymed to 50 lines.
itp. Enquiries to                      ceive a complimentary copy of         Prizes $100, $20 plus HC and C certs.
lermond_778@hotmail.com.               the magazine. Back copies for         Entry fee $5. Entry forms and details
Scripts should be posted to Vivian     interested contributors and sub-      from Leeton Eisteddfod Society, PO
Lermond, Artistic Director, The        scribers are available by sending     Box 322, Leeton NSW 2705.
Irish Theatre Project, c/o 5681        $2.00 in unused stamps to The
Dorsey Drive, Columbus, Ohio           Editor, Sandra Lynn Evans, 466        Leeton Eisteddfod Literary
43235 USA by 15 September.             Old Melbourne Road, Traralgon,        Section
                                       3844, Victoria.                       Prose to 1000 words: Poem to 150
Get Published                                                                lines. Prizes $20, $10, $5 plus HC
Finding a publication that will        Write a book in a day                 and C certs. Entry fee $3. Details and
consider new writers is often the      Fun fundraiser event sponsored        entry form from PO Box 322, Leeton
hardest part to starting your liter-   by KSP Writing Centre. For infor-     NSW 2705.
ary career. Wet Ink is a new SA-       mation contact 08 9294 1872 or
based magazine that will promote       www.kspf.iinet.net.au
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Competitions cont’d
                                         May 31                                   Poems may be on any subject,
                                                                                  but all poems which concern the
May 21                                   Peter Cowan Writers Centre               preservation of wildlife and the
                                         2006 Patron’s Prize Lit. Comp            environment will also be consid-
Yellow Moon Nutshell 19
                                         S/S 800-1000 words. Theme: stories       ered for the Wildlife Prize
Categories: A- Cinquain, one cinquain
                                         should begin: “It all started when the   ($3000). Contact Fran O’Brien on
= one entry; B- Poem, bird 11-24
                                         doorbell rang”… 1st Prize $100, plus     (02) 9978 4616 or founda-
lines (see guidelines); C- Epigram
                                         HC and C certs. Entry fee $4 or 3 for    tion@zoo.nsw.gov.au or visit
(see guidelines); D- Poem, humor-
                                         $11. Details and entry form from PO      www.zoo.nsw.gov.au.
ous/nonsense 12-24 lines; E- tetrac-
                                         Box 239, Joondalup WA 6919 or
tys, 2 single tetractys = one entry.
                                         download from                            Eastwood/Hills Regional
Each category first prize is $70,
                                         www.iinet.net.au/~nwacowan.              Literary Competition 2006
second prize $30 plus publication in
Yellow Moon, as well as a copy of                                                 Category 1: Short story- Max
                                         KT Publishing 7th Annual Short           3000 words. First prize $200,
publication. Guidelines available on
                                         Story Competition 2006                   second prize $100. Category 2:
entry form, download from
                                         Theme - Open Length - 2,000 words.       Traditional rhyming poetry- Max
www.yellowmoon.info or write with
                                         Prizes - 1st $350, 2nd $175 & 3rd        60 lines. First prize $150, second
long SSAE to: Beverley George- Yel-
                                         $100 Entry Fee - Only $7.50 per en-      prize $50. Category 3: Free Verse
low Moon, PO Box 37, Pearl Beach
                                         try. Entry form at www.ktp.com.au or     Poetry- Max 40 lines. First prize
NSW 2256.
                                         www.writingaustralia.com or send         $150, second $50. Category 4:
May 26                                   SSAE to: Annual Competition 2006,        Memoir- max 1500 words. First
                                         PO Box 2011, Inala Heights, QLD          prize $150, second prize $50.
2006 FAW Shoalhaven Literary             4077                                     Category 5: Pauline Walsh En-
Award
                                                                                  couragement Award for short
 Main prize $1000 plus a two week        The Australian/Vogel Literary            story. Open only to writers who
residence at the Arthur Boyd Bunda-      Award                                    have never won a cash prize for a
non Centre. Four secondary prizes of     This prestigious award is for an un-     short story. 800-1500 words. Two
$200 each. Up to 5 judge Commen-         published manuscript by an author        prize of $50 each. Entry fee $5
dations. For more info and for a         under 35 years of age, offering a        per entry or $20 for five entries.
mailed entry form, contact Shoal-        grand prize of $20,000 in addition to    (cheques or money orders pay-
haven City Council, Arts Development     royalties from book sales. The win-      able to Eastwood/Hills FAW). En-
Manager ph (02) 4429 3541 or email       ning manuscript is published by Allen    tries to: Competition Secretary
Baptist@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au            and Unwin. Details and entry forms       (AC), Eastwood/Hills FAW, PO
Katharine Susannah Prichard              can be found at                          Box 4663, North Rocks NSW
Science Fiction/Fantasy Awards           www.allenandunwin.com.                   2151. Ph 9869 2715.
Min 1500 words Max 3500. All forms
of speculative fiction welcome. Two      Jewellery Literary Competition           The Boree Log Award For
sections: Open and the Shire of          Grand Prizes over all: 1st $125. 2nd     Bush Verse
Mundaring National Young Writers         $75. Each category will carry 1st and    Ballad, to be written in perfect
Awards (20 years or less). Open          2nd Prizes of $60 and $40. Catego-       rhyme and metre, within a max
Prizes: 1st $200, 2nd $50. Young         ries: A.”Brooches”: Free or rhyming      of 80 lines with an Australian
Prizes: 1st $75, 2nd $25. Highly Com     verse on the theme of the past, to 1     Bush Theme. First prize $200
and Com certificates. No entry form      page. B.“Pendants”: Reminiscences,       plus trophy and cert. HC and C,
required, $5 per entry. Contact KSP      to 2 pages. C.”Tiaras”: Mystical story   max three entries per person. No
for full info: 08 9294 1872              set in the past, to 4 pages. No single   entry form required, however a
                                         piece of work may win more than          cover sheet with name, address
May 30                                   one prize. Entry fees: Single entry      and phone number of poet to-
                                         $6. Three entries $12, Subsequent        gether with title of ballad. $5 per
Yellow Moon poetry competi-
                                         Single Entries; $5 each. Post to         entry. Entries: Competition Secre-
tion: Villanelle
                                         P.O.Box 259 Chelsea, Victoria 3196.      tary- Boree Log, Eastwood/Hills
Two equal first prizes of $100 each
plus Highly commended and Com-           June 9                                   FAW, PO Box 4663, North Rocks
mended certificates for finalists with                                            NSW 2151. ph 9871 8470.
publication in Yellow Moon. Guide-       Taronga Foundation Poetry
lines and entry at                       Prize
www.yellowmoon.info or send long         Australia’s leading poetry compe-
SSAE to: Beverley George- Yellow         tition for young people, offering
Moon, PO Box 37, Pearl Beach NSW         over $25,000 in prize money
2256. $5 per entry, or $10 for three.    across a variety of categories.
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