Rita Tognini writes poetry and short fiction. She was born in Italy, grew up in the South West, worked as a teacher and public servant and travelled widely in Europe and China.
Among the themes she likes to explore in her writing are the relationship of language and identity, the intersection of the personal and the political and the consolations and constrictions of family ties.
Her work has been published in local, national and international journals and has won prizes and commendations. In 2018 Rita was selected for the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer Program.
ROSE VAN SON
Rose van Son is a published Western Australian poetry, prose and essay writer. She has been widely published in Westerly, Cordite, Rabbit, and more and has won several literary awards, including being short listed for the Lane Cove Literary Awards, 2017 and the Fish and Grieve awards. In 2015, she was Guest at the Perth Poetry Festival, and the Broome Corrugated Lines Festival. In 2018, she was guest poet at the New Norcia Poetry Festival. She has an Honours Degree in Creative Writing from Curtin University and was a lecturer in Communications and Media Studies for many years. She has run many workshops in writing including in the Armadale Writers Festival 2017 and 2018. In 2019, she was Guest reader at the International Women’s Day Event at The Moon, William Street, Perth. In 2018 she won the Bronze Quill for Creative non-fiction writing. She has been published nationally and internationally and reads her work regularly around Perth. Rose is passionate about all sorts of writing and is a haiku editor for Creatrix Haiku online.
Helen's work is published in Australian literary journals including Westerly, Cordite Poetry Review (2014) and Southerly (2014). In 2004, she won an Australian Society of Authors Poetry mentorship, studying with Jean Kent, a NSW poet. In 2008, Hagemann won a Varuna Longlines Poetry workshop, resulting in the publication of her chapbook Evangelyne & Other Poems in the New Poets Series, 2009 by the Australian Poetry Centre, Melbourne. Helen has an MA in Writing and teaches prose in Fremantle in association with the OOTA Writers Group. In 2011, she spent time in a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in Ireland, working on a new poetry collection. Helen's latest collection is of Arc & Shadow published by Sunline Press, Cottesloe WA. Currently, she is writing a children's collection called "Miniscule" - inspired by the French TV series Minuscule, and has completed a second novel titled "The Ozone Cafe" with the help of a residency at the Arvon Foundation, Shropshire England. You can read some of Helen's work here: http://helhagemann.blogspot.com.au
Renee lived in the Indian Ocean Territories for three years, however 2014 saw her return to the port city of Fremantle she calls home. Renee’s recent work shares her experiences in our nation’s most marginal territory, as well as her reflections on returning to the Australian mainland.
Renee is currently enjoying a cross-discipline approach, which has seen her work appear in multiple exhibitions, numerous publications, on national radio and performed live in venues throughout Australia. In the past five years, Renee has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett manuscript prize, the ACU literature prize, the Katherine Susannah Pritchard poetry award, the WAPI Love Poetry Prize, the Trudy Graham Biennial Literary Award, and she has both won and been highly commended in the Ethel Webb Bundell prize for poetry. Renee is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing through Curtin University.
You can read some of Renee's work at reneepettittschip.com.au.
Josephine Clarke writes short stories and poetry. She has been a part of the Fremantle-based Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group since 2005, and is a member of the collective that organises Voicebox – monthly poetry readings at The Fremantle Fibonacci Centre. Her work has been published in various Australian journals including Westerly, Cordite and The Review of Australian Fiction . In 2015 Josephine attended a Strictly Poetry Focus Week at Varuna, the National Writers’ House, with Deb Westbury. She was a featured poet at the 2016 Perth Poetry Festival, where she launched her first poetry chapbook between white, published by Mulla Mulla Press.
You can read some of Josephine's work at jospehineclarke.wordpress.com
Retired after a forty year career in shipping and shipbuilding during which he wrote everything from newsletters, contracts, specifications and proposals to technical papers, speeches, brochures and marketing blurbs, Richard now devotes his creative energies to writing fiction. As a member of OOTA since 2015, he has twice won its Spilt Ink short story competition, and, drawing on his extensive travel and maritime experience, has recently independently published his first novel, Oriental Vagabonds, set aboard a battered old tramp steamer plying the dangerous waters of the Far East on the eve of World War Two.
You can read some of Richard's work at www.orientalvagabonds.com