Jugiong writers’ festival

The Jugiong writers’ festival [JWF] will be held next year on 23 and 24 March 2019.

Included are writing workshops and a short story competition.

The short story competition has the theme Dare to dream—down the track and has a prize of $50.00; entry fee is $5.00.

Condition include:

  • All short stories must be author’s original and unpublished work.
  • Entries must be submitted without names on entry, but with name and details on entry form so that short stories can be judged anonymously.
  • Short story no longer than 1 000 words.
  • Copyright remains with author however JWF reserves the right to have any entry published, reproduced or publicised for promotion purposes or as part of the JWF event.
  • Winning entries will be announced and read on the 24 March 2019 as part of the festival.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Closing date is 16 February 2019.

Memoir writing at Wombat Hollow

Members may be interested in this Wombat Hollow Forum event:

Entitled The art of memoir and creative writing it will be conducted by Lucy Palmer in The Shed at Wombat Hollow, Kangaloon, from 9.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 17 November 2018.

This is a one-day intensive masterclass, a beginner’s guide to memoir writing. It will teach you, according to the advance publicity, “… the basics of finding your own voice, silencing the inner critic, and releasing your innate creativity”.

Lunch is provided by the Lucinda Dazos from The Pantry, Robertson.

The all-inclusive cost is $260.

For enquiries contact lucy@lucypalmer.com.au or call 0406 661 244.

Thanks Joshua Hewitt

Convenor of Bundanoon’s Crash Test Drama, Josh Hewitt, talked to the Fellowship of Australian Writers Southern Highlands [FAWSH] branch at our last meeting.

Josh showed great experience, energy and enthusiasm in his presentation of acting techniques including those of space and rhythm.

His exercises were amusing, and he followed this with a useful and inspiring question and answer session on Crash Test Drama and on writing short plays.

Josh urged FAWSH members to write for the 2019 season of Crash Test Drama.

He will help workshop several new plays by members at FAWSH in early 2019.

Josh was thanked by acclamation.

Josh can be contacted through the Melting Pot Theatre website.

Arts events

In the interests of collaborating with our fellows in the concert and theatre world we are happy to publicise two upcoming events.

One is Pack up your troubles from the Southern Highlands Concert Band. Its latest flyer is:

The other is a CMS Productions’ short play Good with maps
By new Australian playwright, Noelle Janczewska, and underscored with music that evokes Latin America by Nate Edmondson, this play is currently touring New South Wales, following seasons at Belvoir Street Theatre and at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

There are three performances in the Southern Highlands as part of the Wingecarribee Arts Month.
For a group booking, of ten and more people, contact Clare Stanham on 0457 906 846.

For individual tickets, go to https://www.cmsproductions.com.au.

This is from Clare Wilson at CMS Productions:

When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of the places unknown to western explorers. In 2018 are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s Disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown.  
Sometimes sad and confronting, Good with maps is also funny and thoughtful, and celebrates the power of reading and literature to transport us to places both real and unreal.  

Joshua Hewitt to talk

Joshua Hewitt, the new convenor of Bundanoon’s Melting Pot Theatre, will talk about his experiences, and workshop on space and rhythm techniques, at our next meeting on Saturday 13 October 2018.

Joshua has had a varied career, originally training as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He spent ten years treading the boards of Melbourne; worked for several theatre companies; and as behoves all good actors, worked in a variety of other areas including commercial and community radio, and mental health and homelessness.

The meeting is, as usual, at The Henrietta Rose Room of the Bowral Library starting at 10.00am.

Josh Hewitt.