Blue Knot Foundation GrieveNews
May 16, 2018

Blue Knot Foundation

Within Blue Knot Foundation, the national Australian organisation which supports adults who have experienced all sorts of trauma, abuse and violence in childhood grief and loss is never far from the surface.    Whether it is loss of childhood, of innocence, of meaning, of family or of possibility, Blue Knot…
Jean Kent poet Member NewsNewsPoetryWriting Groups
April 18, 2018

Jean Kent – poet and mentor

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Shaynah Andrews Ryan O'Neill Newcastle Short Story AwardNewsUncategorized
April 7, 2018

2018 Newcastle Short Story Award prizewinners

The 2018 anthology is now on sale Congratulations to all the prizewinners: First Prize – sponsored by the University of Newcastle, awarded to Shaynah Andrews (pictured R with Prof Darrell Evans and Ryan O'Neill, judge) Here is an excerpt from her winning story 'Not for Me to Understand': My blood…
Man's hand in his lap GrieveNews
March 29, 2018

Writing About Significant Loss

Sometimes writing about the loss of a close family member can feel too hard because the enormity of all you have lost might stop you even starting. You may feel that in trying to describe it all you lose the sense of the person. What about writing about one aspect…
Nathan Curnow Sarah Day Newcastle Poetry PrizeNews
March 20, 2018

2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize Judges

We are thrilled to have poet Nathan Curnow as one of our judges of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize judges. Nathan is based in Ballarat, Victoria, and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. He was published in the 2011 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology and his published books include The…
Cover of Newcastle Short Story Award anthology 2018 Newcastle Short Story AwardNews
March 13, 2018

2018 Newcastle Short Story Award finalists announced

  Ryan O'Neill, 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award judge We are thrilled to announce the authors selected to be published in the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award anthology. Join us at the prize ceremony to find out which of these authors (listed below) will win the prize pool valued at…
The Olley Poems book cover Member NewsNewsPoetryWriting Groups
March 8, 2018

HWC Poetry Group

Hunter Writers Centre funded the publication of the HWC poetry group's series of poems that pay tribute to Margaret Olley. Olley was an iconic figure in Australian art whose main focus on landscapes and interiors turned everyday objects and scenes into bursts of colour. As the model for one of…
Willy Wonka GrieveNews
February 23, 2018

Willy Wonka’s widow

Our Grieve writing competition (open now) receives many stories and poems about dementia, Alzheimer's and other memory loss conditions.  The fabulous actor, Gene Wilder, suffered Alzheimer's and his widow wrote this very honest article in Rolling Stone magazine  about the toll this condition takes on carers. 40% of Alzheimer's caregivers…
Doris Zagdanski GrieveNews
February 19, 2018

Grief and Loss – ‘Tell it like it is’

The Grieve writing competition accepts stories and poems on any topic related to loss: loss of a job, loss of a home, mobility, a pet. Yes, death is a common theme in the stories and poems that are selected to be published in the Grieve anthologies, but the judges are…
man reading grieve anthology GrieveNews
February 15, 2018

Grieve Writing Competition Opens Valentine’s Day

The Grieve writing competition opens every year on Valentine's Day - you know the measure of your love by the weight of your loss. Grief is the human response to change and loss in our lives, such as the death of someone we love. It is a natural and normal…
Wish upon a southern star book cover Member NewsNewsWriting Groups
February 8, 2018

Member News – Graham Davidson

Wish Upon a Southern Star is an anthology of re-told fairy tales for a YA audience. The work of 21 authors from Australia and New Zealand was chosen, including HWC member Graham Davidson’s 10,000 word story, The Tale of Krinkle-myst, Cinderella and the Prince: The True Cinderella Story. The re-telling…
NSSA Lit ResoursesNewsShort Story Writing
February 8, 2018

Newcastle Short Story Award Prize Night 6th April

Mark your diaries for Friday 6th April at 5.30pm - the eve of the Newcastle Writers Festival - to hear competition judge, Ryan O’Neill, discuss short story writing and his experience judging the competition. Following this live chat, we will announce the prizes: $3000 – first prize (University of Newcastle);…