FOOD FOR THOUGHT: ETHIOPIAN FEAST (SOLD OUT)
Jun
29
6:30 pm18:30

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: ETHIOPIAN FEAST (SOLD OUT)

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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. During every Food For Thought, a new community comes together to cook for 30 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.

WRITE NIGHT
Jul
4
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!

WRITE NIGHT
Jul
18
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!

WRITE NIGHT
Aug
1
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!


SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB

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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.

POETRY WORKSHOP
Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

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Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets.

WRITE NIGHT
Jun
20
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!

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN MALING
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN MALING

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'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.

WRITE NIGHT
Jun
6
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!

AFRICA DAY 2017
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

AFRICA DAY 2017

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Join us on May 25th to celebrate Africa Day. The Centre for Stories will have an evening of song, film and conversation to mark a day of joy in honour of the continent as a whole.

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’. 

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

Name *
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WRITE NIGHT
May
23
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!

STORYTELLING FOR CHLDREN
May
19
4:00 pm16:00

STORYTELLING FOR CHLDREN

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Join us for our first ever Children's Book Club. This event hopes to provide a fun, creative space for parents and children to meet and interact. Bring your little ones and come along for an afternoon of listening, telling and creating stories. 

DINNER CONVERSATIONS: "WHAT I HAD IN MY LUNCHBOX"
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

DINNER CONVERSATIONS: "WHAT I HAD IN MY LUNCHBOX"

What I Had in My Lunchbox is a collaboration between My Open Table and Centre for Stories that hopes to celebrate the diversity, richness, hilarity and uniqueness of growing up in a multicultural household through the celebration of food and conversation.

WRITE NIGHT
May
9
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!

May
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 April. 

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/

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB #2
May
3
5:30 pm17:30

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB #2

  • 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 we will focus on the manifold experiences of being a women through different moments in history and across varying communities.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AHWAZI-ARAB FEAST
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AHWAZI-ARAB 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.

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

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB

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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.

Name *
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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

 

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.
 

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!

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

BOOK CLUB: THE POLITICS OF OUR DAY

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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