Sunday, 19 August 2018

Jill Jones: September Writer-in-Residence


Booranga's 2018 Writer-in-Residence program continues in September with our final writer for 2018, award-winning poet Jill Jones, in residence from 18 September to 30 September.

Jill Jones has published eleven full-length books of poetry, including Viva the Real (UQP 2018), Brink (Five Islands Press 2017), and The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann 2014) which won the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry in 2015. 



Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry

In 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

http://www.jilljones.com.au/

Latest book: Brink, Five Islands Press
http://fiveislandspress.com/catalogue/brink-jill-jones


Jill's events are as follows:

Our 'members only' event is the Meet-the-Writer soiree to welcome Jill to Booranga. This is being held on Thursday 20 September, 6pm at Booranga. 
To register your attendance please RSVP booranga@csu.edu.au 

Also available is a limited number of one-on-one consultations with Jill. 
To submit a piece of writing for consideration please email  booranga@csu.edu.au



Writing Workshop
When: Saturday 22 September, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free for members, 
$10 donation is requested from non-members. RSVP


Public Reading:
When: Thursday 27 September, 5 pm 
Where: Historic Council Chambers
Fitzmaurice St. Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free  RSVP




Booranga Writers' Centre is supported by the  NSW Government through Create NSW.

Booranga Writers' Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support provided by Create NSW, Wagga Wagga City Council and Charles Sturt University.


Maurice Corlett: Prize-winning Booranga poet




Maurice Corlett, long-time Booranga member, supporter, and current Committee member, recently gained third place in the Peter Cowan Poetry Prize with his poem Baker Street. “I have been sending poems away other the last couple of years and this is the best result yet,” said Maurice of his recent success.


We congratulate Maurice, a very worthy recipient, as he is a dedicated poet and a great supporter of all Booranga events behind the scenes and as well as being very generous with sharing his work in performance opportunities.


Born and raised in England, Maurice has had an interest in writing for many years. He was a founding member of Wagga Wagga Writers Writers (the forerunner of Booranga Writer's Centre) nearly thirty years ago. After an absence of several years he has returned to the group. Maurice writes poetry and prose and has been published in Booranga Writer's annual publication fourW for the last four years. Apart from writing, which he loves, he also enjoy reading his work aloud at Booranga's public readings.



BAKER STREET

Graham and me powering
our way in an old white ute
through the Wimmera after
a hard day’s toil in the heat
when Baker Street came on
the radio and I was transported
twelve thousand mile
back to London.


London – an hour on a fast
train from Brighton – where
the world seemed to be and
me walking through it
down Baker Street.


A strong sense of longing
overtook me as I sat in the
passenger’s seat knowing
that I could not go back
with Lyn waiting for me
and Renee toddling around
in the weatherboard
house in Horsham.


But I was no angel and if
it was Friday we would head
for the pub and stay there for
hours until Lyn came down
with the pram and got me out.


Now when I hear Baker Street
it reminds me of the mistakes
that we made and how things
could have been better.

Maurice Corlett



Ellen van Neerven: ASAL Patrons Lecture






Booranga writer-in-residence for July, Ellen van Neerven, spent a week at Booranga to focus on her writing; conduct a writing workshop for Booranga members and friends; and to deliver the ASAL Patrons Lecture at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Ellen also attended the NAIDOC Week Celebrations at CSU Wagga during her stay.

An appreciative audience of approximately 40 people braved the cold Wagga Wagga winter evening and were rewarded with a wonderful lecture which complimented the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme Because of her, we can! A further 60 people watched the live-stream of Ellen's lecture and to date there have been over 140 views of the video.


                                                  Ellen van Neerven                       photo: James Farley

If you were unable to attend the Lecture, the video is available online 



Ellen van Neerven: Very present

"Ellen van Neerven's ASAL patrons lecture coincided with NAIDOC week, whose 2018 theme was Because of her, we can!  Strongly informed by this theme, Ellen devoted much of her talk to people who have been leaders and enablers for her and for others - her mother, Elders and particularly Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the activist, teacher, artist and poet.

Ellen spoke to us in a very present way, placing each word in the moment which arrived for it, and respectfully considering each thought. While she touched various topics - excluded voices in literature and education, deep climate expertise, the waves and sand around Moongalba - the keynote was continuity and connection: ancestors and knowledge present in people and country today, the slice of colonisation sitting in the long stretch of history, and young writers listening and walking where Aunties have stood." — Cassily Charles 

                                                                  Lachlan Brown and Ellen van Neerven                                Photo: James Farley



Booranga members with Ellen van Neerven
                  L to R: Maurice Corlett,  Lachlan Brown, Ellen van Neerven,Kathryn Halliwell, Claire Baker, David Gilbey                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Photo: James Farley 




Booranga Writers' Centre greatly appreciates the support from the following organisations for making this event possible.

This event was funded by the Copyright Agency through the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)







Booranga Writers' Centre is supported by the  NSW Government through Create NSW.

Booranga Writers' Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support provided by Create NSW, Wagga Wagga City Council and Charles Sturt University.

Elsewhere: Workshop




Our thanks to Dr Sam Bowker, Lecturer, Art History and Visual Culture at CSU Wagga Wagga for facilitating this workshop, at the H.R. Gallop Gallery, for Booranga members and friends. Participants were given a tour of the exhibition and were then asked to respond to the artworks, reflect on the ways in which we describe travel, and critique the idea of 'elsewhere'

The artworks of Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis provided detailed and colourful material for ekphrasis and travel writing inspiration.








This touring exhibition will be launched in the HR Gallop Gallery on the evening of Thursday 23 August. It will then travel to Griffith, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Tamworth with the support of CreateNSW and a Charles Sturt University Compact Grant, curated by Dr Sam Bowker of the SCCI. The artworks include sketchbooks, unfolding scrolls, paintings, and drawings.




These drawings and paintings by Wendy Sharpe (Archibald Prize winner and former Official War Artist) and Bernard Ollis (Former Director of the National Art School) are vibrant critiques of Orientalism.​ The exhibition reflects upon how we understand each other when we are geographically separated. Their exquisite sketches record perceptive journeys with people and through places that have been clouded by misapprehension, fear, and cliches.  Their practice acknowledges the histories, limitations and initiatives of travelling artists.

This exhibition is motivated by the challenge of communicating shared experiences across place, politics, culture and history, for these are stories in which both parties are located 'Elsewhere'.





Full Exhibition Details 

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis
Elsewhere
Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia
13 August - 7 September 2018


Exhibition Launch
Thursday 23 August 6pm
H.R. Gallop Gallery, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU
Wagga Wagga

Seminar: ‘Art after Orientalism’
Thursday 30 August 1-2pm
HR Gallop Gallery, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU
Wagga Wagga. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm



Monday, 11 June 2018

Ekphrasis Workshop - Elsewhere: Drawings through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Uzbekistan​

Please join us for this Ekphrasis workshop focused on the travelling exhibition Elsewhere: Drawings through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Uzbekistan​


This touring exhibition will be launched in the HR Gallop Gallery on the evening of Thursday 23 August. It will then travel to Griffith, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Tamworth with the support of CreateNSW and a Charles Sturt University Compact Grant, curated by Dr Sam Bowker of the SCCI. The artworks include sketchbooks, unfolding scrolls, paintings, and drawings.

These drawings and paintings by Wendy Sharpe (Archibald Prize winner and former Official War Artist) and Bernard Ollis (Former Director of the National Art School) are vibrant critiques of Orientalism.​ The exhibition reflects upon how we understand each other when we are geographically separated. Their exquisite sketches record perceptive journeys with people and through places that have been clouded by misapprehension, fear, and cliches.  Their practice acknowledges the histories, limitations and initiatives of travelling artists.

This exhibition is motivated by the challenge of communicating shared experiences across place, politics, culture and history, for these are stories in which both parties are located 'Elsewhere'.


The Booranga Writer's Centre is warmly invited to a travel writing workshop on Saturday 18 August, in which participants may choose to submit their writing for publication in the accompanying exhibition catalogue (with ISBN). In this workshop we will tour the exhibition, respond to the artworks, reflect on the ways in which we describe travel, and critique the idea of 'elsewhere'.


Ekphrasis Workshop
Saturday 18 August
2 to 4pm
H.R. Gallop Gallery
Building 21,
Darnell-Smith Drive,
Wagga Wagga
Free for members
$10 donation for non-members payable on the day.
Refreshments provided.
Workshop RSVP


Full Exhibition Details 

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis
Elsewhere
Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia
13 August - 7 September 2018

Booranga Writer’s Workshop
Saturday 18 August 2-4pm
H.R. Gallop Gallery, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU
Wagga Wagga

Exhibition Launch
Thursday 23 August 6pm
H.R. Gallop Gallery, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU
Wagga Wagga

Seminar: ‘Art after Orientalism’
Thursday 30 August 1-2pm
HR Gallop Gallery, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU
Wagga Wagga. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm



Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Lili Wilkinson Residency


Lili Wilkinson had a very busy time during her residency at Booranga in May. 

The members-only soiree held on 1 May was a very pleasant social evening as we gained an insight into Lili's YA fiction and got to know a bit about her background as a writer. 

At her public reading at the Historic Council Chambers on 3 May Lili read from her new novel When the Lights Go Out which is being released in August. She followed this by reading from the novel she is working on now at Booranga. The writing workshop on 12 May focused on the structure and key components of writing fiction.


Lili Wilkinson and David Gilbey
As well as her writerly duties Lili immersed herself in the local cultural scene. David Gilbey took Lili to the SoACT production of Design for Living on Friday night, and on Saturday she delighted in the vast array of second-hand books at the Rotary Book Fair. This was followed by the live, local and original music at Fitz Live Wagga Wagga City Council event.

Lili was interviewed on ABC Radio, along with David Gilbey, and spoke to a CSU Literature and tutorial group.


Writers at Lili's Booranga workshop


"CSU's LIT124 - The Oral Tradition tutorial group had a great chat to Lili yesterday afternoon, and we are all very thankful to Booranga Writers' Centre and their Writer-in-Residence program (supported by the NSW Government) that enabled this valuable learning experience to occur.

Lili discussed the conception and writing of her earlier novel 'Scatterheart' and the development of her upcoming unnamed novel, which both draw on the fairy tale traditions and characters to explore new meaning in both the historical and contemporary worlds.
The students were keen to discuss various aspects of the characterisations particular to the fairy tale genre, in particular the role of women and step-mothers, and the awakening of agency in the children in the stories and how this may be interpreted by the child reader. It was an informative and enjoyable discussion."Monique Shephard


CSU's LIT124 - The Oral Tradition tutorial group with Lili Wilkinson




Booranga Writers' Centre is supported by the  NSW Government through Create NSW.


Booranga Writers' Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support provided by Create NSW, Wagga Wagga City Council and Charles Sturt University.










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Annual General Meeting



Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 18 April at the Historic Council Chambers and the executive positions and committee vacancies have been filled with David Gilbey returned for another term as President. Welcome to our three new committee members Ian Stewart, Kate Allman, and Ruby Foxlewin and to our continuing committee members from 2017.

A change in structure sees Sandra Treble filling the role of Treasurer and Kathryn Halliwell, as Secretary. These positions are titles which are taken on in line with their paid positions.

David Gilbey and Julie Montgarrett
Thanks to Dr Julie Montgarrett for being our guest speaker on the night and presenting a portion of her PhD titled Messy Resistance: the artist as doubtful writer?

"Julie Montgarrett spoke of the nuanced values of writing as a visual artist. She drew our attention to how the processes of creating text-like forms (asemic writing) and her research into archival written, visual, and archaeological sources informs her creation of artists' books. 

These complex, layered, intricate and challenging artefacts present 'fraught fictions and fragile facts'. Each page explores, both directly and indirectly, our understanding of colonial Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land) and the displacement of indigenous and familial knowledge from that region. Her use of writing - both found and made - provides one of several means of guiding speculation about the past while tentatively informing the present, particularly regarding historic events and the influence of absent individuals upon identities today."Dr Sam Bowker


Jacob's Book from the Tideline by Julie Montgarrett     Photo: James Farley





Booranga Writers' Centre is supported by the  NSW Government through Create NSW.


Booranga Writers' Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support provided by Create NSW, Wagga Wagga City Council and Charles Sturt University.