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
HR Gallop Gallery
Building 21, Boorooma Street,
Wagga Wagga
Free for members
$10 donation for non-members payable on the day.
Refreshments provided.


RSVP


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.


























Ellen van Neerven: Writer-in-Residence in July

Ellen van Neerven

July brings our third writer-in-residence to Booranga and we are honoured to welcome award-winning author Ellen van Neerven to Wagga Wagga. Ellen will be in residence from 4 until 14 July and will deliver the ASAL Patrons Lecture at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Friday 13 July as well as conduct a writing workshop on Saturday 14 July at Booranga.
Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance, and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015. 
Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize.
Until 2016 Ellen was the Managing Editor of black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at State Library of Queensland. She received the 2017 Queensland Writers Centre Johnno Award and the 2015 Express Media Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person in Literary Arts. She currently lives and works in Melbourne.
https://ellenvanneervencurrie.wordpress.com/


Patrons Lectures are hosted by ASAL with funding from the Copyright Agency. These lectures support emerging and distinguished Australian writers to travel to locations around Australia to present a public talk or lecture on a topic of his or her choosing for a broader public.

By bringing Australian writers into a wide range of communities, Patrons Lectures aim to stimulate broad interest in Australian writing and facilitate deeper understanding between writers, the academy, secondary teachers and the reading public.



Ellen's events are as follows:
Our 'members only' event is a Meet-the-Writer soirée to welcome Ellen to Booranga. This is being held on Wednesday 4 July, 6pm at Booranga. 
To register your attendance please RSVP booranga@csu.edu.au

Also available to 2018 financial members is a limited number of one-on-one consultations with Ellen. 
To submit a piece of writing for consideration for one of these consultations please email booranga@csu.edu.au


ASAL Patrons Lecture:
When: Friday 13 July, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Baylis St. Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free, bookings essential as seating is limited. RSVP


Writing Workshop
When: Saturday 14 July, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free for members, a $10 donation is requested from non-members. 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.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Residency by Donna Abela







Playwright, Donna Abela, provided rare opportunities to young regional playwrights and acting students during her residency at Booranga in March. Along with her writing workshop at Booranga, Donna was able to give a mentoring session to a Year 12 student from Temora who is writing a play as part of her HSC. Donna's workshop also 
provided writing exercises which produced many interesting possibilities for future story-lines 





















Working closely with 1st year CSU Acting students and staff Donna was able to make significant progress in the writing of her current play, Flame Tree Street, as well as allowing the students to gain first-hand experience in working with a writer to fine-tune the direction of the play before the first draft was locked in.



Donna's residency culminated in a performance of selected scenes from her current work-in-progress which was held at the CSU Television Production Studio. This was a wonderful opportunity for acting students in a regional university to gain invaluable experience and insight into the finer points of their chosen career path. And all in the first few weeks of their tertiary studies. Booranga President, David Gilbey, said "It was a great experience for drama students, writers, audience - full of energy and invention!"
The event was filmed and edited by CSU TV production students and is now an ongoing resource for future students. The Youtube is available to view https://youtu.be/eitPVNRLD2I




Donna summed up the importance of her residency "I am incredibly grateful to the Booranga Writers’ Centre for inviting me to be part of your funded residency programme, and for the opportunity I had to partner with CSU staff and students as I explored the first draft of Flame Tree Street. 

As I said in my presentation, a play needs to undergo some sort of alchemical process. At Booranga, my play did this. It shifted ground, becoming not simply a bundle of concepts, but a blueprint for dramatic action and
theatrical expressions and solutions. 

As I work towards completing the first draft for a workshop with professional actors in late April, I can proceed with greater confidence in the themes and ideas and aesthetic I am exploring, and with renewed enthusiasm for the world I am seeking to create."


Lili Wilkinson - May Writer-in-Residence


Booranga's second writer-in-residence for 2018 is YA author Lili Wilkinson, who will be in residence from 1 May until 14 May. During her stay at Booranga Lili will give a public reading at the Historic Council Chambers Thursday 3 May, 5 to 7pm and conduct a writing workshop at Booranga on Saturday 12 May, 2 to 4pm.


Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eleven books, including Green Valentine and Pink. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for children and teenagers.  Her latest novel is The Boundless Sublime.




Lili's events are as follows:

Our 'members only' event is a Meet-the-Writer soirée to welcome Lili to Booranga. This is being held on Wednesday 2 May, 6pm at Booranga. 
To register your attendance please RSVP booranga@csu.edu.au

Also available to 2018 financial members is a limited number of one-on-one consultations/mentorships with Lili. 
To submit a piece of writing for consideration for one of these consultations please email booranga@csu.edu.au



Writing Workshop
When: Saturday 12 May, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free for members, a $10 donation is requested from non-members. RSVP

Public Reading:
When: Thursday 3 May, 5 pm to 7pm
Where: Historic Council Chambers
Fitzmaurice St. Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free, bookings essential as seating is limited. RSVP



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dr Craig Munro visits Booranga


Booranga Writers' Centre recently received a visit from Dr Craig Munro, a long-time friend of Booranga President, David Gilbey. Dr Munro was travelling through Wagga Wagga with his wife, Bridget Griffen-Foley*, on their way to Adelaide and expressed and interest in seeing the Writers' Centre and meeting with us.


Craig is an award-winning biographer, and the founding chair of the Queensland Writers Centre and has been involved with the Canberra Writers' Centre.


As UQP's inaugural fiction editor, he worked with many emerging writers who have since become celebrated authors, and in 1985 he won the Barbara Ramsden Award for Editing.
His books include:
Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing (2015), Wild Man of Letters (on PR 'Inky' Stephenson), Paper Empires: A History of the book in Australia (2006).





Having been involved with writers centres in the past, Craig was able to share with us many valuable insights into the way other centres operate. We are most grateful for the donation of his book 
Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing to Booranga and it will be a valuable resource to the Centre and it's members. 


Dr Munro meet with some Booranga committee members L to R tracie Miller, Craig Munro, David Gilbey, Maurice Corlettt.

*Bridget Griffen-Foley is an associate professor, an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, and the director of the Center for Media History at Macquarie University. Widely recognised as Australia's leading media historian, she is the author of The House of Packer, Party Games, and Sir Frank Packer.