WRITE NIGHT
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR(Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AFGHANI FEAST
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AFGHANI FEAST

  • Centre for Stories

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories. Every last Thursday of the month a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.
 

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB
Apr
5
5:30 pm17:30

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB

  • Centre For Stories
Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text this Fem Book Club will focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities.

We will think about and challenge what it means to be a woman as an assumed universal experience. We will look at how women of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a woman. Each month we will focus on an individual text and use it as a departure point to discuss the authors' wider oeuvre and importance in the realm of feminist conversation — how can we use these stories to navigate the world or inform how we think about our place within it? 

Your host for Fem Book Club is Kelly Fliedner who has a diverse practice as a writer, curator, teacher, producer and… book club master! Recently Kelly has worked with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, based in South India, as Writer and Editor. Previously she was based in Melbourne and held various roles at West Space, a contemporary art organisation, Monash University Museum of Art, La Trobe University, and MPavilion. In 2016 she worked on creative projects for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and the Biennale of Sydney. 

 

BOOK #1 — Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Activist and writer Rebecca Solnit is widely attributed as having created the portmanteau ‘mansplaining’ with her 2008 essay Men Explain Things To Me, and she often writes on the environment, politics, place and art. Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby defies categorisation and creatively wanders between differing forms, subjects and moments in time. It is part memoir, literary criticism, travelogue and prose poetry and explores the difficult and complicated relationship between herself and her mother who is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. The Faraway Nearby is an exploration of empathy and the role of storytelling — a perfect way to start this Fem Book Club at the Centre for Stories!

If you’re keen to come to each session, order and purchase the texts as soon as possible as some—like Faces in the Water—might be a little difficult to source. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at klfliedner@gmail.com if you have any questions. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! RSVPS are essential. Confirm your attendance using the form below.

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Other Fem Book Club texts:

BOOK #2 — Wednesday 3 May 5.30-7.30pm — Zadie Smith NW

BOOK #3 — Wednesday 31 May 5.30-7.30pm — Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye

BOOK #4 — Wednesday 19 July 5.30-7.30pm — Alexis Wright The Swan Book

BOOK #5 — Wednesday 2 August  5.30-7.30pm — Maggie Nelson The Argonauts 

BOOK #6 — Wednesday 30 August 5.30-7.30pm — Janet Frame Faces in the Water

 

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: JEREMY BALIUS
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: JEREMY BALIUS

  • Centre for Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series will continue with JEREMY BALIUS. Jeremy is a poet, editor and publisher with an interest in experimental writing and language art. Born in Dallas, raised in Germany, educated in Los Angeles and a resident of Perth, he has a varied poetic practice. His work engages with issues of text, boundary, transformation, and has been anthologised and published in various local and international journals. He founded the publishing house Black Rider, and is editor of Outcrop with Corey Wakeling.

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPS are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
WRITE NIGHT
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR(Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

POETRY WORKSHOP
Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

  • Centre for Stories

Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. It provides a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate of food to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Bringing a poem and providing constructive comments on others' work is a must. RSVPs are essential and space is limited. Book in using the form below.

AMY HILHORST is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’.  She is co-guest-editing a special online issue of Westerly, due for release in April 2017.

Be quick! Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance.   

Name *
Name
WRITE NIGHT
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR(Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: AMY HILHORST
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: AMY HILHORST

  • Centre for Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series will continue with AMY HILHORST. Amy is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’.  She is co-guest-editing a special online issue of Westerly, due for release in April 2017.

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPS are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
POETRY WORKSHOP
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

  • Centre for Stories

Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. It provides a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate of food to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Bringing a poem and providing constructive comments on others' work is a must. 

AMY HILHORST is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’.  She is co-guest-editing a special online issue of Westerly, due for release in April 2017.

Be quick! Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name

BOOK CLUB: THE POLITICS OF OUR DAY
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK CLUB: THE POLITICS OF OUR DAY

  • Centre For Stories

The Politics of Our Day with Robert Wood is an ongoing book club featuring non-fiction books for the person who likes history, politics and current affairs. 

Our first book Listen, Liberal examines contemporary American politics. Focusing on the professional classes and their relationship with the Democrats, Thomas Frank  provides a provocative and engaging account of the last two decades. He covers issues such as the housing affordability crisis, Wall Street bailouts and progressive successes in a knowledgeable and informed account. This will add to your understanding of Donald Trump’s electoral win and help us identify what makes tomorrow’s America a place with challenges and opportunities.

Thomas Frank was trained as a historian. He has been the editor of The Baffler and authored the popular book What’s the Matter With Kansas?  

Robert Wood has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Please read the book prior to the event. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name

Other texts for The Politics of Our Day:

17th May - Mikhail Zygar - All the Kremlin's Men

21st June - David Shambaugh – China’s Future

19th July - Somini Sengupta – The End of Karma

16th August - Johan Norberg – Progress

POETRY WORKSHOP
Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. It provides a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate of food to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Bringing a poem and providing constructive comments on others' work is a must. RSVPs are essential and space is limited. Book in using the form below.

AMY HILHORST is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’.  She is co-guest-editing a special online issue of Westerly, due for release in April 2017.

Be quick! Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance.   

Name *
Name
BOOK CLUB: SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB
Mar
16
12:40 pm12:40

BOOK CLUB: SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB

  • Centre For Stories

Join Laurie Steed at our monthly Short Story Book Club for people who read and write short stories, as well as those who simply revel in the written word. It explores exquisite, iconic short fiction collections from the Australian literary canon, from modern classics such as Ryan O’Neill’s The Weight of a Human Heart through up to soon to be published, award-winning collections such as Australia Day by Melanie Cheng. Throughout, we’ll tease out why these stories resonate, examine the greater motivations behind their work, and revelling in the joys of perfectly constructed tale. 

In our first collection, Heat and Light, author Ellen van Neerven takes readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In ‘Water’, van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat. While in ‘Light’, familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging. Heat and Light presents a surprising and unexpected narrative journey while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing. 

Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize winning author of You Belong Here, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

Please read the book prior to the event. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
WRITE NIGHT
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR, (Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SIOBHAN HODGE
Mar
9
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SIOBHAN HODGE

  • Centre For Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series will continue with Siobahn Hodge who is a local poet with an international history and an interest in a diverse range of subject matter. 

SIOBHAN HODGE has a PhD in English literature. Her thesis focused on Sappho’s legacy in English translations. Born in the UK, she divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong. Her chapbook of reflections on Sappho, Picking Up the Pieces, was published in 2012 as part of the Wide Range Chapbooks series. She is currently the Reviews Editor for Writ Review and an Associate Editor for Rochford Street Review. She has had critical and creative works published in a range of places, including Cordite, Westerly, Axon, Contrapasso, Peril and Plumwood Mountain. Her upcoming chapbook, to be published with Cordite Books, is called Justice for Romeo.

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPS are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

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BOOK LAUNCH: BLOODLINES BY NICOLE SINCLAIR
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK LAUNCH: BLOODLINES BY NICOLE SINCLAIR

  • Centre For Stories
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Join Margaret River Press at the Centre For Stories for the launch by Rosemary Sayer of Bloodlines, a debut novel by Nicole Sinclair.

This is a thoughtful, heartfelt work with a well-executed use of multiple narratives and varying perspectives. This enjoyable read marks the emergence of a sincere and refreshing new voice in the Australian literary world (Four Stars, Books + Publishing)

Bloodlines is a layered novel with shifting settings, times and voices. At its heart it is a story about love – love found and love lost – and the choices that shape us. It offers insight into the complexities of daily life in Papua New Guinea and how it feels to be an outsider in our closest neighbour’s land.

Thirty-one-year-old Beth, who’s grown up in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, is running from her past when she heads to an island in Papua New Guinea. Interwoven with Beth’s narrative about the joys and brutalities of island life is the story of her parents' passionate, tender love for each other. Shifting between the perspectives of five memorable characters, this ambitious, big-hearted, and at times confronting novel, heralds an exciting new voice in Australian literature.

Nicole Sinclair’s short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Westerlyindigo Journal and Award Winning Australian Writing, and also forms part of the artworks along Busselton Jetty. Her short stories have won the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award and the Down South Writers Competition. Bloodlines is Nicole’s first novel and was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle 2014 TAG Hungerford Award. Nicole has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and now lives in the south-west of Western Australia with her husband and two (very young) daughters.

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

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WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Mar
4
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere February. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month. Entry through a donation on the day. Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SAMPURNA CHATTARJ
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SAMPURNA CHATTARJ

  • Centre For Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series kicks off with Sampurna Chattarji who will also be appearing at JLF Melbourne, a brand new festival that will see the Melbourne Writers Festival joining forces with Jaipur Literature Festival.

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI is a poet, novelist, translator and children’s author. Her fourteen books include the novels Rupture and Land of the Well; and the poetry collections The Fried Frog and other Funny Foodie Freaky Feisty Poems and Absent Muses. Her translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry and her translation of Sukumar Ray’s Abol Tabol has been a Puffin Classic titled Wordygurdyboom! since 2008. 

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPs are essential. 

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THE MOON ABOVE OUR HEADS
Dec
10
3:00 pm15:00

THE MOON ABOVE OUR HEADS

  • The Centre for Stories

 Saturday 10 December

The Moon Above our Heads:  Stories of Courage

(served with coffee and chocolate) 

3–5 pm

Ticket price: $19

For this year's Human Rights Day, Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Mary Ann Kenny, Baden Offord, John Ryan and Yasue Arimitsu will be sharing the stories and books that have influenced and impacted upon their enduring human rights work. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating courage in adversity, tolerance and understanding, and above all else—our common humanity. 

'This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.'

—United Nations

FACILITATOR

Baden Offord holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education and is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights. He is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, of Maori and Pakeha heritage, Baden has lived most of his life in Sydney and Byron Bay, as well as several years in Aotearoa/NZ, India and Japan. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University. 

SPEAKERS

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a researcher and poet from the holy town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. His poetry was published in a book titled Yeteraroch Chuhet (The Cry of Mountains), which uses Amharic to reflect on Ethiopia’s history of loss and resilience. Yirga holds both a Master's and a PhD from the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, where he is now a lecturer. 

Mary Ann Kenny is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and the Programme Manager of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. She teaches migration law, refugee law and international human rights and she has been a legal practitioner and migration agent for over 20 years. As a legal practitioner Mary Ann continues to provide vital pro bono advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

John Ryan is Head of English at Southern Cross Distance Education School and President of the North Coast Branch of the NSW English Teachers Association. John has published in cultural studies and in the field of human rights education. His most recent article, 'Peacebuilding education: enabling human rights and social justice through cultural studies pedagogy' was a collaboration with co-panelist Baden Offord. John won a NSW Premiers' Scholarship in 2003.

Yasue Arimitsu is Professor Emeritus of English and Australian Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. She has edited and contributed to Contemporary Australian Studies: Literature, History, Film and Media Studies in a Globalizing Age (2016). She was the president of the Australian Studies Association of Japan (2010–2013), and is currently the president of the Australia New Zealand Literary Society of Japan (2014–).

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WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Dec
3
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • The Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere December. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month.  Entry through a donation on the day.  Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

HOOKED ON HERRING BOOK LAUNCH
Nov
22
6:00 pm18:00

HOOKED ON HERRING BOOK LAUNCH

  • The Centre for Stories

Margaret River Press is delighted to invite you to the launch of the publication Hooked on Herring by Jacqueline Hagan.

A big feed of herring (known as tommy ruffs on Australia's east coast) is an intrinsic part of beach-holiday nostalgia for thousands of Aussies. Now you have the perfect collection of recipes from around the world, catering for all palates, including the kids—you won't ever hear them saying, 'Not herring again!' 

Some of the recipes are light and healthy, with lots of fresh herbs, salads and vegetables. Others make heartier meals, just right for those evenings when you are really hungry after a hard day playing in the summer sun! 

To be launched by Colin Lockley, President of Boating WA.

Click here to pre-order a copy of Hooked on Herring

RSVPs are essential. 

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IMPOSSIBLE PRELUDES BOOK LAUNCH
Nov
10
6:00 pm18:00

IMPOSSIBLE PRELUDES BOOK LAUNCH

  • The Centre for Stories

Margaret River Press is delighted to invite you to the launch of the publication Impossible Preludes by Andrew Taylor.

Reflecting a life spread across two continents, Impossible Preludes continues Taylor’s restless probing of the contradictions of life and language. Here are love poems, poems about language and silence, an elegy for a cat, and an interview with a querulous mathematician, as well as poems dealing with the cruelties of contemporary world politics, ageing, and delight in nature. Once again, the collection shows the stimulating range of tone and style that has been a hallmark of all his poetry.

To be launched by Dennis Haskell.

'Impossible Preludes is the book of a master poet contemplating older age and the world as it is now; what is lost, what is being lost, and how to accommodate these things in one’s life. The classic markers of Taylor’s poetry are all fully evident in this work: lucidity, wit, glimpses into the natural and made world and the bringing together of these in sensitive but robust dialogue, literary allusion, and an easeful, confident control of the line. This generous book opens a new phase in Taylor’s poetics: the wistful, contemplative and celebratory, quite often against the odds.’ John Kinsella

Click here to purchase a copy of Impossible Preludes

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WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Nov
5
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere November. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month.  Entry through a donation on the day.  Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY FESTIVAL
Oct
21
Oct 23

AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY FESTIVAL

  • The Centre for Stories

The Australian Short Story Festival will be an annual weekend-long event first scheduled for 21–23 October 2016 in Perth, Western Australia. It will be held at the Centre for Stories in Aberdeen Street, the State Library of WA and the Northbridge Piazza.

As the first national event to focus exclusively on the short story form, this festival offers a unique contribution to the nation’s literary culture, as well as a timely response to the current resurgence of this aesthetically exacting narrative form. It will bring together short story writers, storytellers, publishers, and editors of literary magazines, as well as readers, and will connect audiences with both Australian and international short story writers. The Festival is committed to a culturally-inclusive program ensuring speakers and audiences come from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Key events include sessions with prominent writers such as Ryan O'Neill, Ellen van Neerven, Cate Kennedy, Paddy O'Reilly, Fiona McFarlane and Isabelle Li. There will also be publishing advice with three independent publishing houses, the launch of Westerly Magazine: New Creative issue, a collaboration between local storytellers and raconteurs, a celebration of five years of the Margaret River Short Story Competition, and a street reading walk of Northbridge. 

In 2017 the Festival will be held in Adelaide.

Please click here for the full festival program and head to the Australian Short Story Festival website to purchase event tickets

ART AUCTION – A MAZE OF STORY
Oct
9
4:00 pm16:00

ART AUCTION – A MAZE OF STORY

  • The Centre for Stories

A Maze of Story (AMoS) is a Perth-based not-for-profit organisation that provides a program of creative writing for children. The program is currently being delivered as workshops in selected primary schools.

The major fundraising event for A Maze of Story for 2016 is an art auction, to be held on 9 October 2016 at the Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, commencing at 4 pm.

You are invited to come along and see the artworks, hear the stories, meet committee members and other guests, and perhaps even buy a piece of art. Here is your invitation.

A number of leading Perth artists have generously donated artwork for the auction: Jenny JohnCamilla Loveridge,  Anne McCaugheyJohn OlsenLeon Pericles, and Di Taylor.

In addition, seven senior schools will be contributing student works to be auctioned. Each school will be presenting works related to a particular story that has been selected from one of the anthologies of children’s writing produced since we started the A Maze of Story program. Two selected works from each school will be presented for auction.

In total, 36 wonderful artworks are to be auctioned, some via silent auction.

Several of the stories will be narrated on the day by experienced storytellers, and there will be the opportunity to meet some of the artists and children who wrote the stories as well as the board and committee members of A Maze of Story.

Wine and cheese will be served.

The artwork can be viewed online from 29 September 2016.

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Oct
8
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • The Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere October. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month.  Entry through a donation on the day.  Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB
Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB

  • The Centre for Stories

Portable Curiosities  
Julie Koh
UQP 2016

Wednesday 7 September, 7–8.30 pm 

Facilitated by Michelle Michau-Crawford

'A biting collection of stories from a bold new voice.'

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three-dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report the latest food trend, which turns ice-cream eating into an extreme sport.

In Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh re-imagines our world with a dark, satirical twist. These twelve stories combine absurd humour with searing critiques on contemporary society – the rampant consumerism, the casual misogyny, the insidious fear of those who are different. Brilliantly clever and brimming with heart, this unforgettable collection is the work of a significant new talent.

For your copy of this book please purchase from Readings or download as an ebook.

Donations for refreshments are greatly appreciated.

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WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Sep
3
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • The Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere September. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month.  Entry through a donation on the day.  Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

An Interlude of Music and Words 
Sep
1
6:30 pm18:30

An Interlude of Music and Words 

  • The Centre for Stories

An Interlude of Music and Words

Thursday 1 September 2016 at 6.30 pm

Ticket price: $20

Join Portland Jones, author of Seeing the Elephant, and Will Yeoman, Books Editor & West Weekend Staff Writer, for an evening of music and readings.  

Seeing the Elephant is ‘a story of two men from different cultures, backgrounds and attitudes whose love, care and spirit of simple decency and kindness rises above the rubble of destruction and decay’. Graham Edwards, Vietnam veteran

Portland will read a collection of excerpts from her book that touch on the tragedy that is at the heart of the Vietnam War, and, yet, serves to remind the listener that even amongst tragedy there is beauty and even love. Accompanied by William Yeoman's original and haunting music, the evening will take us into the world of the narrator Minh who reminds us that 'Love is love. Beyond that nothing matters.'

Seeing the Elephant was The Age's Book Pick of the Week. Cameron Woodhead writes: 'Portland Jones writes with effortless poise and lyricism that doesn't draw attention to itself.' Read the full review here.

Portland Jones lives in the Swan Valley outside Perth with her partner and three children, where she trains horses. Seeing the Elephant is her first novel and it was shortlisted for the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished West Australian writer in 2014.

William Yeoman is keen classical musician and he is also a contributor to Gramophone (UK) and Limelight music magazines. He has been a chair at local, national and international writers’ festivals, given pre-concert talks for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted on 6PR and ABC 720. He is director of the performance-based New Norcia Writers Festival, now in its second year.

SOLD OUT :: FOOD FOR THOUGHT :: VIETNAMESE FEAST
Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

SOLD OUT :: FOOD FOR THOUGHT :: VIETNAMESE FEAST

  • The Centre for Stories

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW SOLD OUT.

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories. Every last Thursday of the month, a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.

RRAN and Centre for Stories join together to make this night possible. The dinners recognise and pay refugee and asylum-seeker men and women for the skills they have cultivated in the home. Food for Thought empowers people who have sought asylum in Australia to share their experiences and provides an opportunity to meet good people in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Following the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of people fled Vietnam by boat, and as a result there is now a well-established Vietnamese community in Australia. What is less widely known is that for some groups of people, Vietnam is still not a safe place to live. Phuong and Phap will join us for our sixth dinner. Both arrived in Australia by boat – Phuong was forced to leave her home and arrived in Australia in 1983, while Phap has taken the journey in more recent years. While decades separate their experiences, there are similarities and differences that speak to what it means to leave 'home' in Vietnam and adjust to life in Australia. Please join us as they share stories from home and beyond, while we indulge in a feast of delicious Vietnamese cuisine. 

We would love to see you there, and we appreciate your donation to help us along. If the cost of the ticket is stopping you from coming along, please email us and we'll do our best to reserve a seat for you.

Please support us and people who remain in immigration detention and be rewarded with great food, fantastic company and a lovely night out.

We hope to see you there! 
#AsylumSavesLives #LetThemStay #CloseTheCamps #BringThemHere

Shibboleth and other stories Launch
Aug
18
6:30 pm18:30

Shibboleth and other stories Launch

  • Centre for Stories

The 2016 Margaret River Short Story Competition anthology presents the finest emerging and established voices in Australian literature. Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of 'Shibboleth & other stories' at the Centre for Stories with readings by Emily Paull, Mikaela Castledine and south-west winner Phil Sparrow. 

'Shibboleth & other stories' will be launched by Perth writer Nathan Hobby, whose novel The Fur won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award in 2004.

The 2016 collection contains stories to be felt, read, and remembered. Stories that cover births, deaths, and moments that define our hopes, fears, and failures. 

They are stories that connect with a deeper sense of humanity. They are stories to be enjoyed at home, in our bed, or on the train: wherever it’s possible to savour the quiet, loud, and unforgettable moments of life. 

With her prize-winning story ‘Shibboleth,’ Jo Riccioni paves the way for a collection of twenty-four immaculate stories. Other contributors include Magdalena McGuire, Julie Kearney, Cassie Hamer, Phil Sparrow, Michelle Wright, Mirandi Riwoe, and many more. 

Editor Laurie Steed writes, ‘When I tell people I’m an author and editor of short fiction, they often reply that they don’t like reading short stories. One might expect me to be dismayed by such a response. Instead, I’m all the more committed to assuring them that it is not that they don’t like short stories. It’s that they have not yet read the right ones.’

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP essential.

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Laurie Steed, Editor

Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize-winning author of You Belong Here and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island,The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria and runs writing courses at various writers centres in WA. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Margaret River Press.

Jo Riccioni, Winner
Jo Riccioni’s stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2011, The Age, and literary journals in Australia and the UK. Her first novel, The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, won the International Rubery Award for Fiction in 2015. She is currently working on her first short story collection, Can’t Take the Country out of the Boy, the title story of which has been optioned for a short film.

Magdalena McGuire, Runner up
Magdelena McGuire was born in Poland, grew up in Darwin, and now lives in Melbourne. Her short stories have been published in Australia and internationally by The Big Issue, The Bristol Prize and Margaret River Press. She has published widely on human rights topics, including women’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading books about girls who like reading books. 

Phil Sparrow, South West winner 
Phil Sparrow started writing in his teens. He has had a number of stories and plenty of articles published, many of which draw on the years he spent in Afghanistan as an aid worker. His first book, From Under a Leaky Roof, was published by Fremantle Press. Phil continues to work overseas in aid projects. 

Writers Bloc ::  Write Here Monthly event
Aug
6
11:00 am11:00

Writers Bloc :: Write Here Monthly event

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere July. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.
There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
 
Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month.  Entry through a donation on the day.  Reserve you place through meetup

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

 

 Short Story Book Club
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Short Story Book Club

  • Centre for Stories
A Chinese Affair

A Chinese Affair by Isabelle Li

Wednesday August 3rd 7pm

Facilitated by Dr Anne Ryden

A Chinese Affair brings a new, exciting voice to the Australian literary landscape and is one of the few works of literary fiction in English to explore the experience of Chinese migration.

In sixteen exquisite stories, Isabelle Li explores recent Chinese migration to Australia and elsewhere. Some are explicitly connected, through common characters or incidents; in others, the threads are both allusive and elusive—intergenerational and interracial relationships, the weight of history and indebtedness, the search for meaning, and the muteness peculiar to cultural dislocation and the inexpressibility of self in a second language.

For a copy of this book please order from your local bookshop or purchase direct from Margaret River Press.

 

Donation for refreshments are greatly appreciated.

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The Colour of Kerosene and Other Stories
Cameron Raynes
Wakefield Press 2012

Wednesday 7 September, 7pm

Facilitated by Michelle Michau-Crawford

In these storiesCameron Raynes traverses landscapes of regret, joy and redemption. In a country town, a woman plots to ruin her rival with an act steeped in racism. A welfare worker is asked to spy on a colleague. And in the award-winning title story, a taxi driver accepts a fare he knows he shouldn't:

They headed east, the nude hills of the Geraldton plains, stripped of their trees a century before, leaning into them on both sides as the car climbed into the marginal country. Behind him, Luke heard the gurgle of fluid sluicing out of a bladder and into a cup, smelt the sweet stink of cheap wine. It occurred to him that it was not too late to turn back.

Cameron Raynes is a Perth-born, Adelaide-based writer and teacher. His short story collection, The Colour Of Kerosene, spawned a short film and won the prestigious Josephine Ulrick Literary Prize. He combines teaching Aboriginal history with writing short stories, screenplays and now, a novel First Person Shooter.

 Michelle Michau-Crawford’s debut collection Leaving Elvis and Other Stories was published by UWA Publishing in 2016. She won the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in 2013. 

For your copy of this book please purchase from Readings or download as an ebook.

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Tamil Eelam Feast
Jul
28
6:30 pm18:30

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Tamil Eelam Feast

This month's dinner will be hosted by Kali, the project coordinator of Tamil Eelam Cricket. Kali himself was forced to flee Sri Lanka and after arriving in Australia by boat, spent 17 months in detention. He co-founded TE cricket in order to create a platform for the Tamil diaspora around the world to participate in national and international cricket competitions and also to bridge the gap between newly arrived Tamils and the established Tamil community in Australia. Join us as he shares stories from home and beyond, while we indulge in a feast of delicious authentic Tamil Eelam cuisine cooked up by the cricket team.

"But we've already had a Tamil Feast!" we hear you say...  Don't fret, we are shining a light on Sri Lankan street food and a Roti that you probably have never tried.  Koththu rotti is a traditional street food of Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka, which originated in Batticalao (eastern Tamil Eelam).

Koththu Rotti

Koththu Rotti

Wait a minute..  It doesn't look like any Rotti you've ever had before?  Well, you'll just have to come to our next dinner to try it!  Funds for this month's Food for Thought will help raise funds for #TamilEelamCricket and those in offshore and onshore detention.

We have added a Donate button at the end of this page if you want to give Kali a hand funding this incredible initiative.  We look forward to warming your tummies and your hearts with this month's Food for Thought.

Tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT.  Thank you so much for your continued support, it goes a long way to helping those recently settled in Perth, those in onshore and offshore detention.  If you would like to help Kali with his quest to draw bonds and break down boundaries through a shared love of sport, we would welcome any donations below.

 

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Shared Narratives
Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

Shared Narratives

Join Rosemary Sayer, Melinda Tognini and Liz Byrski as they discuss the process of interviewing, transcribing, and adapting stories for the written form, while also carefully considering the way shared narratives can empower both storytellers and their story writers. 

Rosemary, Melinda and Liz have written stories on behalf of others. They come together to discuss the importance of writing authentically, with respect and accuracy to the storyteller’s narrative voice. 

Following on from their very successful 'Shared Narratives' panel at the Perth Writer's Festival, Centre for Stories is hosting the panel again due to popular demand.


Refresments and a light meal will be served on the evening.

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Liz is a writer and broadcaster with more than 50 years of experience in the British and Australian media. Liz is an author of thirteen non-fiction books and nine novels. Liz has a PhD on the subject of feminist popular fiction, and is now the Director of the China Australia Writing Centre at Curtin University.  

 

Melinda is a writer and author with more than 20 years experience in high school teaching and running workshops. Melinda’s feature articles, travel articles and personal essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies around Australia and the United States. 

Rosemary is an author, teacher and experienced international communications professional. Rosemary worked in journalism before working in PR and communications for the corporate sector. She has held senior positions in Australia and Asia. Rosemary has taught classes at a number Western Australian universities and the Chinese University in Hong Kong.  She is currently working towards her PhD. 

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Rachel is a West Australian author, editor and academic who spends her time teaching creative non-fiction, professional writing and publishing at Curtin University. Rachel has worked in community education, book publishing and as a freelance research, writer and editor.

 

Works in discussion

Reaching One Thousand by Rachel Roberston

Rachel's memoir was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2013. Rachel has written poems, short fiction and personal essays that have been published in a range of journals and anthologies.

Rachel’s research finds her exploring creative writing pedagogy, Australian literature, creative non-fiction, critical disability studies and ethics.

 

Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widow’s Guild in Western Australia by Melinda Tognini

Melinda Tognini is the author of Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia. The book is the result of eight years of research, writing and editing.  

Many Hearts, One Voice tells the tale of a group of courageous women who made a difference to the lives of Australia’s war widows from the past and present.

When WWII ended, the soldiers who fought and died were not forgotten – but what of their wives and families? For the War Widows’ Guild the fight for rights and recognition had just begun. Together they fought for recognition and for public expression of their loss, for subsidised aged-nursing care and affordable housing. Together they fought to have their pensions recognised as compensation for their husbands’ lives. Together they overcame poverty, social isolation and invisibility.

 

More to the Story: conversations with refugees by Rosemary Sayer

Rosemary Sayer’s memoir More to the Story: conversations with refugees puts a human face to the suffering depicted in the global refugee crisis.

Her unease with the negative, often politicised, debate dehumanising refugees and asylum seekers led her to go beyond media reports, political speeches and statistics convincing her there was more to the story.  As part of her research Rosemary spent time in the refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

The book combines history, commentary and personal memoir with deeply personal interviews and conversations. More to the Story takes readers on a two and a half year journey with Rosemary as she meets and gets to know refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and South Sudan. She asks the questions we would all like to ask. 

 

In Love and War: nursing heroes by Liz Byrski

Liz Byrski’s In Love and War combines memoir and research to take an intricate look into the effects of war. In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small English town where pioneering plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndow, established revolutionary surgery.

For a young Liz Byrski growing up in the East Grinstead, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.

In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors – known as the Guinea Pig Club – but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Persian Feast
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Persian Feast

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories. Every last Thursday of the month a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.

RRAN and Centre for Stories join together to make this night possible. The dinners recognise and pay refugee and asylum-seeker men and women for the skills they have cultivated in the home.

Food for thought offers an opportunity for people who have sought asylum in Australia to get involved in the community, learn some basic kitchen skills, gain some hospitality experience and meet good people in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Mehdi will join us for our fourth dinner. Mehdi is a human rights activist and political blogger who was forced to flee Iran in search of safety. Upon reaching Australia, however, he was interned on Nauru. Join us as he shares stories from home and beyond, while we indulge in a feast of delicious Persian food. 

We would love to see you there, and we appreciate your donation to help us along. If the cost of the ticket is stopping you from coming along, please email us and we'll do our best to reserve a seat for you.

Please support us and people who remain in immigration detention and be rewarded with great food, fantastic company and a lovely night out.

We hope to see you there! 
#endmandatorydetention #LetThemStay #CloseTheCamps#BringThemHere

It is with incredible gratitude that so many people wanted to join us for the Persian Feast.  Unfortunately tickets have now SOLD OUT.  

the Littoral Zone
Jun
12
3:00 pm15:00

the Littoral Zone

  • Centre for Stories

The Ngoorlark beckons us with its reeling cry, the water rises from beneath the city to haunt our tunnels and streets, the banksia, paperbark, and balga all speak to us through time and space. What is the real beneath the simulacra of nature? And how can we learn to live more harmoniously with those beings who make our home place unique. 

Join us for an afternoon of poetry, song and art which explores the swampy past of Northbridge, and how that past has influenced the modern city of today. Poets Nandi Chinna, S J Finch, and Renee Pettitt-Schipp, and musician and installation artist Mei Saraswati  present poems, songs and art from the soil and water of Perth. 

Afternoon tea will be served at the event.

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Nandi Chinna is an award winning poet, and facilitates workshops on the art of Poepatetics — the practice of walking and writing in order to connect with the natural world and foster creative responses to nature. Her poetry and essays have been widely published in national and international journals and anthologies and her poetry has been broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Poetica.   

 

Renee Pettitt-Schipp is an emerging writer who has been widely published throughout Australia.  Renee is currently enjoying a cross-discipline approach, taking poetry into unexpected places. Renee has been recognised through many awards, including her recent short-listing for both the ACU poetry prize and the inaugural Dorothy Hewett manuscript prize.  

 

SJ Finch is a writer, artist, and producer. He has been published in Cottonmouth, Westerly, Sitelines, Voiceworks, and The Kid on the Karaoke Stage (Fremantle Press). In 2009, Finch was a co-founding member of both the creative journal dotdotdash and Aunty Mabel's zine distro. He co-directed the interactive Fringe World 2015 performance Friendquest, curated Anthologia, an exhibition of floriographic poetry, and launched The Grr Project, an ongoing nomadic residency where he lives in a self-made traveling yurt called grr.  His practice is often highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary, focused on creating temporary micro-communities and demonstrations of kindness and care. 

Mei Swan Lim entered the arts world through the moniker ‘Mei Saraswati’ in 2007. Self taught in the craft of making electronic music - she collages field recordings, voice, sampling and instrumentation. She seeks to investigate the intersections of natural and built environments and explore music-making as a self-directed therapy.  Her latest musical release Devotions samples natural sounds from the Swan River, Mullaboo Beach, Joondalup and Wanneroo and intertwine them with spiritual writings from the Baha’i faith.

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Afghani Feast
May
26
6:30 pm18:30

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought :: Afghani Feast

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories.  Every four weeks a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.

RRAN and Centre for Stories join together to make this night possible.  We are a social enterprise that employs refugee and asylum-seeker men and women.  The dinners recognise and pay them for the skills they have cultivated in the home.

Food for thought offers an opportunity for refugees on bridging visas to get involved in the community, learn some basic kitchen skills, gain some hospitality experience and meet good people in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

We definitely would love to see you there, and we appreciate your donation to help us along.  If the cost of the ticket is stopping you from coming along, please email us and we'll do our best to reserve a seat for you.

For our third installment, we focus on the cuisine of Afghanistan.  For two millennia, Afghanistan (which borders Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Iran) was the place where important trade routes between India, China, the Middle East and Europe converged. Marco Polo crossed the country en route to China; Arab travellers and the British passed through on their way to India. A rich culture took hold at this crossroads, and with it a varied cuisine that has survived centuries of war, invasion and internal upheaval. Strife-torn Afghanistan is now an undeniably poor country, but as expatriate Afghani food lover Ryla Smith says, "some of the poorest countries in the world come up with amazing dishes". No matter how hard-pressed, the Afghans treat their guests with immense respect and will go to great lengths to serve them the best food possible.

Seats fill up fast, be sure to secure yours soon.  Apologies our website can not handle multiple purchases.  If you wish to buy more than one ticket, please do two seperate transactions - no additional transaction fees apply.

SORRY, this event has now SOLD OUT.  If you are a member of the Chef's community and would like to come along, please email us as we have reserved tickets to enable the chef's friends and family to come along.  Thank you.

Africa Day : Celebrating African Literature
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Africa Day : Celebrating African Literature

  • Centre for Stories

Centre for Stories invites you to join us for Africa Day at an event focused on celebrating the richness of African literature.  We invite authors, poets and storytellers to come together in a showcase of established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora.

Join us for a night of stories, culture and the launch of our competition for African-Australian writers.

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Speakers

Sisonke Msimang is a writer and activist who works on issues of money, power and sex. She has published extensively including in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Newsweek, and the Guardian UK.  She has also received a range of fellowships from Yale University (2012); the Aspen Institute (2014) and University of Witswatersrand (2015). You can find her podcasts and stories @TheMoth and TEDxSoweto.   She is working on her first book; Always Another Country: how to find home.

Afeif Ismail is an internationally published poet and playwright from Sudan. His works have been translated into both German and Swedish. His achievements include winning the Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize 2015, 3 Seeds (3 short plays) presented by Always Working Artists at the Blue Room Theatre and The African Magician commissioned and produced by Barking Gecko Theatre Company and nominated for the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Children’s Play in 2011.  International Playwright Observer at 2014 New Visions/New Voices Workshop and Festival, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA. 

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought: Pakistani Feast
Apr
21
6:30 pm18:30

SOLD OUT :: Food for Thought: Pakistani Feast

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories.  Every four weeks a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.

RRAN and Centre for Stories join together to make this night possible.  We are a social enterprise that employs refugee and asylum-seeker men and women.  The dinners recognise and pay them for the skills they have cultivated in the home.

Food for thought offers an opportunity for refugees on bridging visas to get involved in the community, learn some basic kitchen skills, gain some hospitality experience and meet good people in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

We definitely would love to see you there, and we appreciate your donation to help us along.  If the cost of the ticket is stopping you from coming along, please email us and we'll do our best to reserve a seat for you.

For our second evening on Thursday 21st April, our head chef, will be Ali, a charismatic, community-oriented 18 year old photographer, who since arriving in Australia has volunteered his time to a number of worthy causes. He and some friends will cook up a feast of Pakistani foods and share stories from home and beyond. 

Pakistani cuisine is the lesser-known food of the sub-continent and is rich in tradition, full of marvelous and diverse dishes. The blend of Indian, Far Eastern and Middle Eastern cooking techniques creates a distinctive mix of complex flavours. The use of pomegranate seeds in some meat dishes adds a sweet, sour note and reflects the Middle Eastern influence on the food.

Please support us and people who really need assistance in offshore detention and be rewarded with great food, fantastic company and a lovely night out.  Tickets sold out for the last event so be quick and reserve your place today.

Sorry, this event is now SOLD OUT.  Please like us on Facebook to secure your ticket for the May Food for Thought.

If you can't make it but still wish to make a contribution to help recently settled asylum seekers or those still in offshore detention, we would welcome any donations.  The funds will go towards buying dictionaries, sim cards and other needs that are requested from friends off and onshore.  

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