WELCOME VERONICA LAKE

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VERONICA LAKE is our relief Prose teacher for Term 3. Veronica will conduct 5 workshops commencing Friday 27th July, 10th & 24th August and 7th & 21st September. Classes commence at the usual time of 1pm - 3pm and OOTA members pay $25 and NON OOTA $30. If you are a member of Writers United WA the cost is also $25 (cash only). Your support of the Prose class and Veronica will be gratefully appreciated. 
Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, upstairs in the Print Room, 1 Finnerty St. Fremantle.

Veronica Lake completed an Honours Degree in Arts at the University of Western Australia (1974), with a double major in English and a Diploma of Education (1975). She also completed a Post Graduate certificate at the University of Melbourne for the study of Shakespeare, (2009). In 2010, Veronica was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for the study of Shakespeare in the theatre companies of England, Ireland and Canada. She has participated in many writing workshops and attended professional development courses as a teacher, which focus on creative writing – both prose and poetry. 

Veronica has been a teacher of Literature and English in W.A. high schools for many years, including Applecross Senior High. She edits and publishes Primo Lux, a state-wide student anthology of poetry, now in its sixteenth year. Student creativity aroused her desire to write poetry and prose which began in 2009. She enjoys patterns of language, structure and the shaping of voice. Veronica has always been interested in language and the sound of words from brain to paper and into the atmosphere. She has had a few short stories published and is still working on the construction of her craft with success in traditional forms; sonnets, dramatic monologues, rhyming narrative and free verse. Her subject matter is drawn from everyday life and personal experience. It is important for her to ‘hear’ the rhythm of lines spoken, and because of her Literature background enjoys alluding to classical stories with characters and references drawn from myths or studied texts. 

SPILT INK COMPETITION 2018

OOTA's (Out of the Asylum) Spilt Ink Competition 2018 is open to all financial members of writing organisations affiliated with Writers United WA.

Categories

Poetry (max 30 lines) and Short Fiction (max 2000 words) - Separate judge for each category

Writers may submit up to three entries in each category

Entry Fees

Poetry - $10 for one poem; $25 for two or $20 for three

Short Fiction - $10 for one short fiction; $18 for two or $25 for three

Prizes

First Prize - $200 plus Bookshop Voucher ($50)

Second Prize - $100              Third Prize - $50

Winners will be announced at the OOTA AGM in October and winning entries listed on the OOTA website.

Competition guidelines available here.

Entry Forms available here.

Submission deadline: 31 August 2018

JULIE WATTS WINS THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD

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24 February 2018

OOTA is proud to announce that its President and Western Australian poet Julie Watts has won the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award for her ‘Legacy,’ the first poetry manuscript to win the $10,000 prize.

In the judges report, ‘Legacy’ was described as a volume that ‘explores the templates and legacies of our internal and external worlds, the psychological inheritance we share and pass on, the interplay between the prime influence of nature and nurture and the crucial, inherent drive for connection.’ Julie was praised for her poetry’s ‘delicate strength’ and ‘maturity of voice and craft.’

The 2018 judges’ panel consisted of Lucy Dougan, poet and niece of Dorothy Hewett; James Ley, literary critic and Contributing Editor of Sydney Review of Books; and Terri-ann White, Director of UWA Publishing. There were ninety-nine entries in the 2018 award.

‘Legacy’ will be published as part of the UWAP Poetry imprint, in October 2018.

The Dorothy Hewett Award is co-funded by the Copyright Agency and supported by UWA Publishing’s, ‘The Monthly.’

Congratulations Julie.

 

 

OOTA CHRISTMAS PARTY

A large, cheerful group of OOTA members gathered in the Pavillion in the grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre for the annual OOTA Christmas party on Friday 8 December.

Sharing an eclectic selection of dishes, each prepared by the members themselves, accompanied by sparkling, and red and white wines, members enjoyed several hours of convivial, stimulating conversation and good company.

The celebrations were punctuated by several acts of recognition together with prose and poetry readings.

Jan Napier paid tribute to the work of poetry tutor Shane McCauley, who recently presented his 300th poetry class for OOTA and whose tutoring and encouragement have resulted in many members successfully obtaining the publication of their poems.

Following Jan, Liz Hearnden paid similar tribute to prose tutor Helen Hagemann, whose workshops and critiquing classes have been an invaluable source of information and inspiration to OOTA’s prose writers.

Maureen Gibbons then spoke in recognition of the support and encouragement provided to OOTA by Catherine Noske, the General Editor of Westerly, in whose pages many OOTA members have enjoyed seeing their works published. Catherine is soon to be married and Maureen presented her with a gift on behalf of the Committee, together with their very best wishes for her future happiness.

The afternoon was completed by a series of member readings. Rachael Petridis and Gael Williams treated members to selections of their poetry, while Jo Clarke, Rose van Son and Leanne Searle read three very different, but equally entertaining short stories.

The OOTA Committee wishes members and their families all the very best for the festive season, and looks forward to another productive and stimulating year of prose and poetry in 2018.

OOTA MEMBER JACKSON ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF NEW POETRY COLLECTION

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Poet, editor and OOTA member Jackson has secured the publication of her third poetry collection. The new volume, entitled A coat of ashes, will be published in 2019 by Canberra publisher Recent Work Press.

Jackson’s previous collections include Coracle published in 2009 and Lemon oil published by Mulla Mulla Press in 2013.

Poet and editor Jackson was born in Cumbria, England, and lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is currently working toward her PhD at Edith Cowan University. Her journal and anthology publications include Westerly, Plumwood Mountain, the Australian Poetry Journal, and the Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. Jackson has published two books, a chapbook, seven zines and a CD. She won the 2014 Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Prize. Jackson's many guest appearances include the Queensland and Tasmanian Poetry Festivals. She is the founding editor of online poetry journal Uneven Floor, unevenfloorpoetry.blogspot.com. The National Library of Australia archives her collected works.

You can read some of Jackson’s works on her website thepoetjackson.com.

 

OOTA CELEBRATES TWENTY YEARS OF CREATIVITY

A large gathering of OOTA writers and friends squeezed into the Pavlich Room at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday 21st October to attend the group’s Annual General Meeting and 20th Anniversary celebrations.

With the formal part of the agenda completed by noon, members and guests enjoyed an informal lunch before Simone McGurk MLA opened the anniversary celebrations. Simone paid tribute to the custodians of the land past and present, and to the creativity and energy of local groups of writers, poets and artists, challenging us to use our writings to speak for those who, for whatever reason, find it hard to make their own voices heard.

Simone was followed by the 11 shantymen of The Lost Quays, who entertained us with a selection of traditional shanties, including the beautiful and haunting “Shallow Brown”, which tells of a slave, jumping ship to escape being sold, lamenting his lost love Julianna.

After the music, OOTA Secretary Liz Hearnden awarded Honorary Life Memberships to Mary Jarzabkowski and Helen Hagemann. At 91, Mary is our oldest member but she is an active and dedicated writer who has self-published her autobiography and regularly entrains us with her short stories, most of which are drawn from her own varied and extensive experience. Helen is a former committee member and President, and is our prose tutor, conducting fortnightly workshops and critiquing classes, which, over the past ten years, have helped dozens of our members hone their prose writing skills.

Following the awards we were treated to readings of prose and poetry by Mary Jarzabkowski, Carolyn Abbs, Helen Hagemann, Shane McCauley (who recently celebrated his 300th poetry class for OOTA) and Julie Watts, who read the beautiful and moving “The story of Julian who will never knew we loved him”, the winner of this year’s Blake Poetry Prize.

The afternoon was completed by three readings by OOTA mentees Kate Bennett, Jayden O’Neil and Shamina Rozario. The readings, including both prose and poetry, were insightful, thought-provoking and humorous, and affirmed the young writers as being an integral part of a writing community prepared to share their passion, skills and knowledge. You can read some of Shamina's work here. OOTA mentee Maddie Godfrey was unable to join us but you can read her poem "Three Winters" here. "Three Winters"was highly commended in the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival's PHILIP BACON EKPHRASIS AWARD. You can read  more of Maddie's work here at https://www.scum-mag.com/porcelain/ and on her website www.maddiegodfrey.com. Maddie's first poetry collection, “How To Be Held" will be published by Burning Eye Books in May 2018.

OOTA expresses its thanks to Simone McGurk, “The Lost Quays” and the Fremantle Arts Centre, and to all the readers and participants who helped ensure the success of our anniversary celebrations.

 

 

The Hon. Simone McGurk MLA BA is the WA State Member for Fremantle and Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services.

“The Lost Quays” is a Fremantle based 11-voice male choir dedicated to singing shanties and other songs of the sea. A sea shanty (or “chantey”) was traditionally sung by sailors while labouring together aboard sailing ships. These songs are rhythmic and energetic, but are simple and easy to learn, making them ideal for audience participation. They can reveal interesting insights into seafaring history.

While many of their songs are traditional, they also embrace more contemporary folk songs where appropriate. They mostly perform a cappella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as guitar, mandolin and accordion. Their repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour, and occasional mischief! http://www.thelostquays.com/

Photography courtesy of Renee Pettitt-Schipp

OOTA PRESIDENT WINS 2017 BLAKE POETRY PRIZE.

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West Australian writer, and Out Of The Asylum (OOTA) President, Julie Watts is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Blake Poetry Prize with her poem entitled 'The Story of Julian who will never know we loved him'.

Announced on 29 September 2017 at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the $5,000 Blake Poetry Prize is awarded biannually by Liverpool City Library in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Taking its name from William Blake, a mystical and artistic Romantic era poet, the Blake Poetry Prize challenges modern poets to examine spirituality, humanity and social justice in works of 100 lines or less.

The award was judged by three high-profile writers, including award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke; Ali Cobby Eckermann, winner of the prestigious 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize, and Mark Tredinnick, winner of the inaugural Blake Poetry Prize. Of Julie’s winning entry they said “In The Story of Julian who will never know we loved him, the hierarchy of society is untangled in a moment allowing a glimpse into compassion and thought; a sliver of the everyday dialogue, rewritten as a reminder to us all.”

Announcing the award, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Director Craig Donarski said “Julie Watts’ poem is nothing short of brilliant. The religious and spiritual integrity that shines through her writing is exemplary of what the Blake Poetry Prize is all about, and we couldn’t be more excited to co-present this incredible achievement. Bravo!”

Apart from being our President, Julie Watts has been published in various journals and anthologies including Westerly, Australian Poetry Anthology and Australian Love Poems 2013. Her first collection of poetry, Honey & Hemlock, was published by Sunline Press in 2013.

Congratulations and well done Julie, from all your friends and colleagues at OOTA.

The winning entry, the highly commended entry, and all of the shortlisted poems, together with all of the judges' commentary can be read here httphttp://www.casulapowerhouse.com/get-involved/prizes/prizes/blake-poetry-prize

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OOTA WRITERS SCOOP POETRY AND PROSE AWARDS

A number of OOTA poets and writers have recently been recognised in local poetry and prose writing competitions. The successful writers are:

2017 CREATRIX POETRY AND HAIKU WINNERS

POETRY

Highly Commended: Jackson, "Dadda"

                                  Jan Napier, “Silkie”

Commended: Rita Tognini, “Louch Sonnett”

HAIKU

First Prize: Jan Napier

Poems and Haiku can be read at https://wapoets.wordpress.com/creatrix-2/creatrix-prize-winners/2017-creatrix-prize-winners/

2017 ROS SPENCER POETRY PRIZE

Winner: Julie Watts, “Earthquake”

Commended:    Renee Pettitt-Schipp, “After Your Mother’s Fall”

                          Rose van Son, “At Ellensbrook

Poems can be read at https://wapoets.wordpress.com/2017-ros-spencer-poetry-prize-winners/

2017 CITY OF ROCKINGHAM SHORT FICTION AWARDS

OVER 50s CATEGORY

Second Place: Richard Regan, “Café Canvas

Third Place: Aileen Hawkes, “Out of the Window

Commendation: Leanne Searle, “Lunch at the Arts Centre Café”

Congratulations to all of the winners. A complete list of the winners of all categories and the judge's report can be found here.

Perth Poetry Week

 Josephine Clarke reads at OOTA's poetry afternoon.

Josephine Clarke reads at OOTA's poetry afternoon.

OOTA Writers support Perth Poetry Festival, Sunday 13 August.

The wet blustery weather of Sunday 13 August did not deter the full house of poetry lovers who attended the OOTA Writer’s (Out of the Asylum) afternoon poetry reading at Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne.

Introduced by OOTA Vice President Renee Pettitt-Schipp, a panel of OOTA’s richly talented poets read a selection of their works at a free event arranged as part of the 2017 Perth Poetry Festival. The readers included Josephine Clarke, Chris Konrad, Rose van Son, Kevin Gillam, Shane McCauley, Maureen Gibbons and Ross Jackson.

OOTA committee members Jan Napier organised the event, assisted by Liz Hearnden, Maureen Gibbons and Renee Pettitt-Schipp, and thanks are extended to Mattie Furphy House for providing the venue and to FAWWA (Fellowship of Australian Writers WA) for providing refreshments.

Trouble Is Our Business

Crime writing workshop by acclaimed WA author Guy Salvidge.

The wet and windy afternoon of Saturday, 1 July, saw a group of OOTA members and friends attend our latest writers’ workshop at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Highly appropriate in view of the conditions, the workshop, entitled Trouble Is Our Business, featured Crime Writing, and was hosted by acclaimed local author Guy Salvidge.

Over the course of three hours Guy explained why Crime was such a popular genre, differentiated nine examples of the most popular sub-genres in crime fiction, dissected a number of successful crime writers and their works and hosted a lively discussion on the building blocks of tone, atmosphere, language, characterization, police and forensic procedures and plotting. He stressed the importance of writers reading widely within their selected genre and provided a comprehensive reading list. Finally, he shared his experiences in getting his own works published, stressing the importance of building a reputation through short story competitions, and persistence in the face of the inevitable demands on the attention of busy publishers.

It was an inspiring, informative and entertaining afternoon for which all who attended were very grateful. Thanks also to Marlish Glorie for organising the workshop.

About Guy Salvidge

Guy was born in England in 1981 and moved to Western Australia in 1990. He studied English at Curtin University, graduating in 2002 with Honours. Completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2005, Guy embarked on a career as a high-school English teacher. He lives in the Avon Valley.

Guy's novel Yellowcake Springs won the 2011 IP Picks Best Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The sequelYellowcake Summer was published in 2013. His short fiction has been published in Award Winning Australian Writers 2016, Westerly: New Creative, Tincture Journal and The Great Unknown.  He has twice been Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Perth Writers' Centres and his story 'Frank' won the 2015 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Award.

http://www.guysalvidge.com/