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OOTA Newsletter January 21, 2014

LITERARY NEWS Creative Australia Fellowships

This is an invitation to get involved with the 2014 Upcycle Exhibition and Sustainability Fair, presented in association with the Perth Fringe Festival. Beyond recycling, Upcycling takes discarded resources and reincarnates them as tomorrow¹s treasures.

The Australia Council's Creative Australia Fellowships provide financial support for outstanding artists across all artforms to undertake a program of creative or professional development. Fellowships will be awarded to enable and further the creative or professional development of outstanding artists by supporting a 2-year program of creative work or professional development which focuses on interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Grants are available for Early Career Artists (one full-length work published or performed) details here - and for Established Artists (five or more full-length works) - details here. Applications close 31 January.

They are currently inviting:

writingWA’s Brand New Book Club

· Exhibitors: whether you are an established artist, hobby recycler or absolute beginner keen to try repurposing, we¹d love to see your creations.

Our first featured 'Book of the Month' is David Whish-Wilson’s brilliant Zero at the Bone (Penguin). If you belong to a book club and missed out on this first newsletter you can still download the Book Club notes from the writingWA website.

· Stallholders: including handmade, vintage or upcycled products, along with food and information stalls related to sustainability

On Wednesday 9 April, writingWA will also be hosting a free Meet the Author event with David Whish-Wilson at Crow Books in East Victoria Park. Join David for a conversation about Zero at the Bone from 7 to 9pm.

· Visitors: join us at Earthwise in Subiaco from 2pm on 22 or 23 February 2013 for this FREE event for the whole family.

If you’d like more information, for event information, or to express interest, you can join them on Facebook and check out new Upcycling examples daily! Also check out their site @

OOTA NEWS Long time member and co-founder of Voicebox, Nandi Chinna, is featured at this year’s Perth Writers Festival. Join Nandi with other international and local poets John Mateer, and Danijela Kambaskovic, accompanied by violist Danna Checksfield, at The Poets’ Corner in the Woolnough Lecture Theatre where they will read from their new works and share the inspiration behind their latest collections with Antonio Casella.

23rd February 2014 2.30pm – 3.30-pm

2014 Castaways Poetry Prize is now open until Friday 13 March 2014, with $400 available in prizes. Last year’s Castaways Poetry prize was won by Canadian poet Annabel Sheila, with her poem ‘Sentinel’, based on the 2012 artwork of the same name. The competition attracted more than 150 entries from across Australia, as well as the US and Canada.

11. Entries close Friday 13 March 2014, and winners will be contacted by phone or email prior to the public announcement at the Castaways 2014 Awards night presentation. 12. The 1st prize winning entry will be published in the Castaways 2014 catalogue and will be reproduced on the Castaways webpage.

How to Enter 1. Visit the Castaways Web Gallery and view the images of entries from the 2013 Castaways exhibition. All entered poems must be inspired by, drawn upon, or using the theme of, images in the Castaways Web Gallery. 2.

Send a maximum of three poems, attached to an email in .rtf or .doc format, to with “POETRY SUBMISSION: Your Title” as the subject line.

3. The body of your email must include your name, address, phone/mobile number, email address, and the title and line counts of your poems. To ensure anonymity, do not include your details on your entered poems themselves. 4.

Do not post entries. Only entries received via email will be accepted.


Each poem must be no longer than 24 lines. South Perth “I Love Poetry” Competition

6. Poems must be original, unpublished, not have received an award in another competition, and not be under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in the awards until the official announcement of the winners. 7. 8.

To ensure anonymity, no writers’ names are to appear on the document containing the poem.

Winners able to attend may be invited to read their poem at the Castaways 2014 Opening Night Awards presentation on Saturday 10 May 2014. 9.

Employees of the City of Rockingham and their family members are ineligible to enter.

10. The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Any attempt to lobby judges or City of Rockingham employees and Elected Members or influence decisions, may result in disqualification.

1st PRIZE: $200 + 2 copies of the Castaways 2014 catalogue 2 COMMENDED PRIZES: $100 About Castaways Sculpture Awards Castaways Sculpture Awards is an annual arts event, which since 2008, has successfully melded the theme of recycling and environmental awareness with the creative re-use of materials and innovative arts practice.Every May, nearly 50 stunning sculptures are exhibited on the Rockingham foreshore, creating opportunities for young and emerging artists to showcase their artworks alongside established professional Western Australian Artists, under the professional curatorship of Lyn DiCiero, arts writer, art judge and editor/owner of art journal the Artist’s Chronicle. More Information: Telephone Donna Cochrane, Community Development Officer, on 9528 0385 or email Visit the Castaways website:

OPPORTUNITIES 2014 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize


Australian Book Review's 2014 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – one of Australia's most lucrative prizes for an original short story – is now open. The 2014 Jolley Prize is worth $5000 (first prize) with supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. It will be judged by Patrick Allington, Cassandra Atherton, and Amy Baillieu. Entries close 1 May. For details, click here.

Congratulations to Joyce Parkes. She has sent in her achievements for 2013.

National Script Workshops 2014 Playwriting Australia begins the year with a national call-out for outstanding new plays in development for their flagship program, the National Script Workshops. On offer for playwrights from across the country is up to ten days of creative development to work on a new play, with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors. In 2014, up to 11 scripts will be developed, including the winners of the Max Afford Playwright Award and the RE Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards. For submission guidelines, click here. Next round closes 3 February.

Poetry Kitchen Poetry Kitchen features tactful feedback, writing experiments, and yummy snacks. In Fremantle, with experienced poet & editor Jackson. Tuesdays 10-12 or 1-3, fortnightly (next session 28 January). Pay as you feel. Limited places, book now via email or ph. 0406 624 578. For more information, and for Jackson’s Café Poetry workshops click here.

Perth Poetry Club – 25th of January, feature poets Elio Novello & Annette Mullumby!

CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2014 31 Jan-15 Feb Poetry d'Amour Perth 28 – Australian Love Stories, ed Cate Kennedy MARCH 03 – Cordite, No theme III 14 - The Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards Poetry & short story. 31 – Westerly for July Issue MEMBERS ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to Rosie Barter: Her story 'Grasping for the Moon' (2nd prize KSP 2011 ) was shortlisted in the nation-wide Margaret River Short Story Competition. It will be published by Margaret River Press in their 2014 anthology to be launched at MR Readers & Writers Festival, Friday 16 May.

1) Buoyed by Bridges, Monday’s Poem, Leaf Press, March 2013. 2) Sy Submits, poem, in Creatrix Issue No.20, April 2013. 3) Tackling - Sailing, poem, in Creatrix No.20, April 2013. 4) The Temerity, poem, in The Journal of the AIHA, April 2013. 5) And, poem, in Hypallage, May 2013. 6) No Longer There To Argue With, poem, in Hypallage, May 2013. 7) Taught - Taut, poem, in Hypallage, May 2013. 8) Good Evening, poem, in The Journal of the AIHA, August 2013. 9) Octobering, poem, in Creatrix Issue No.22, Sept 2013. 10) Patterns and Hues, in Jukebox, OOTA Anthology,

POEM OF THE WEEK Birth on the Road to Gubbeen JOHN KINSELLA I didn’t match the noise, the bellowing with anguish of that kind, but Tracy did. I did notice the plethora of rooks and brethren on wires, in trees, even over the fields – their croaks were deep and rich and disturbing outside the usual ontological scratching. We showered. I looked out towards Mount Gabriel, the radar domes glowing through cloud. The corona of rooks had widened, as if warning shots had been fired, but there was silence. And then a four-wheeler kicked over, and a cow called out to the coast, her voice reverberating deep into hills burrowed and lacerated by Neolithic miners frantic for copper to mix with Cornish tin. A bronze age in the bronze horns and bells of all cows fallen here. So many reverberations, so much pain in the most beautiful moments. This cow is marched down the road, afterbirth hanging from her vagina, a thread of making going back to single cells, to cosmology. Divining her bereft, bloody sway you’ll contemplate past and future, rooks notarising an apologue of origins sharp as birth. And the four-wheeler with newborn calf slung over the lap of the master, midwife to economy, the fleshpots of capitalism.

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