Presidents Report – August 2013
I was delighted to make it to the August meeting and hear ‘The Banjo’ (alias Dave Farrer) in full flight. For me, his performance brought back very fond memories of my Grandfather driving his bullock dray and the old goldminers and tree-fellers who used to tell such wonderful stories to my mates while I sat on stumps at their feet enthralled. Dave will be the first in our new initiative to upload video clips of our speakers onto the GCWA website.
The Banjo will also be sharing his views of historical Australian culture with the next generation as part of our Gold Coast Writers Festival – Young Writers at the end of October. Don’t forget, if you haven’t already indicated you’d also like to be involved with sharing the joys of writing with young writers, or assisting in the mentoring and ‘Writers in Schools’ programs we are currently working on, please let us know.
I’m also delighted we will be announcing some new and very special partnerships at our next meeting. You’ll be pleased, and possibly surprised, at who is coming on board to work with us into the future.
This is the time of year when we ask you all to consider what contribution you would like to make to the GCWA and whether you might be interested in assisting the committee. Yes, it’s AGM time. I’m very pleased that we already have secured nominations for most committee positions, including from some newer members, which is terrific, but please don’t let that deter you from putting your hand up. I am very happy to be overseeing the transition to the new committee, and am deeply grateful to the committee and members who have been so incredibly kind and supportive during my health challenges this year.
Over the past month there have been a large number of writing competitions, interesting posts and articles that have come through from a variety of sources, including email and social media links. I’ll include some below, and will also post some on the GCWA Facebook page. I do note that the next Writeabout will be my last, however I will continue to post on my JulieBoydWriter Facebook page.
Don’t forget to get busy writing your entry for our Adult writing competition, ‘Gold to Green in Twenty Minutes’, and to remind young writers you may know of our kid’s competition, ‘What’s Special About the Gold Coast.’
Closes 18 August 2013.
Suitable for all ages.
Submit your own science haiku- Sci-ku! This competition is an easy and fun way to get involved in National Science Week this August. The 2013 theme is statistics and mathematics. Details and entry form: riaus.org.au/sciku
The Mornington Peninsula Prize 2013 Poetry Competition
Closes Monday 28 October 2013.
Poems up to 30 lines – open theme and genre. First Prize $200, Highly Commended and Commended certificates. Entry fee is $5.00 per poem. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition
Poetry or Short Fiction.
Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. For more information please visit ww.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.