TIME IS RUNNING TIME IS RUNNING-A poetry reading of work by people in immigration detention.

A POETRY READING of work by people in immigration detention.
Janet Galbraith will present New works by writers involved in Writing Through Fences
an online writing group of writers incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in immigration detention centres.
Janet will also speak about her recent trip to Christmas Island
Where: Wesley Hill Bakehouse
When: Friday11th July, 2pm-4pm
All Welcome

The current poetry/printmaking collaborative exhibition facilitated by Janet Galbraith with poetry by “G”, and artworks by Helen Seligman, can be viewed at the Wesley Hill Bakehouse from now until Friday11th July, 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday
The artworks are for sale, all proceeds going to Writing Through Fences.


November Reading: Josie Emery

Join us on Wednesday evening to hear Josie Emery talk about script writing. Josephine Emery was originally christened ‘John’. John’s early successes as a writer of gritty, real-life working men’s stories created opportunities to adapt them as screenplays: notably ‘Backroads’ for Phil Noyce, ‘Freedom’ for Scott Hicks, ‘Fever’ for Craig Lahiff.
More recently he was Co-Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS. Shifting to Director of Literature at the Australia Council John underwent gender transition, emerging as Josephine. In 2009 her memoir The Possibility of Joy was released.
Josephine is now writing genre movies from a female perspective.

Castlemaine Wordmine Readings are a great opportunity to network.
We would love to see you there. Bring a book to swap.

Cost: $5 /$2 members. If you are not a member yet come and join on the night.

When: 7.45pm Wed 13th Nov.

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

October Reading: John Flaus & Terry Jaensch

You are invited to a special reading this coming Wednesday by two of Castlemaine’s best: poets/actors John Flaus and Terry Jaensch. This promises to be a fascinating event with two contrasting voices and styles.

There will be an open mic (with a strict 2-minute limit), a raffle and a book swap table (bring something you’ve read, take home something you haven’t).

Bring your own published book to sell.

Castlemaine Wordmine Readings are a great opportunity to network.
We would love to see you there.

Cost: $5 /$2 members. If you aren’t a member yet come and join on the night ($12.50 for the remainder of the year).

When: 7.45pm Wed 9th Oct.

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

April Reading: YA Fiction Writers Read

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The evening started with James and Derryn, our two daring open micers, who set the scene for an evening of entertainment.

An audience of around fifty listened to Kirsten Krauth, Simmone Howell and Ellie Marney read from their novels, as we were taken on a journey to the Goldcoast, via Coburg, ending in St Kilda. The teenage voice predominated, and crime, drugs, soul music and shrink-wrapped vegetables were also covered.

Question time focused on Young Adult fiction as a genre (or category?) and the contemporary publishing scene.
Sylvia was the happy winner of a Rosie McHenry print, this month’s raffle prize.

April Reading: Young Adult Fiction Writers

Our next reading is on Wednesday 10 April, featuring the talents of three locals writing about teenagers.

Kirsten Krauth moved to Castlemaine from Sydney nine months ago to pursue the writing life. Kirsten freelances as an editor and is currently commissioning editor of the NSW Writers’ Centre magazine: Newswrite. She also writes book reviews for the newspapers and blogs at Wild Colonial Girl. Her first novel Just A Girl will be released by UWA Publishing in June this year.

Ellie Marney lives in Yandoit with her partner and four sons (originally from Brisbane), and writes YA and middle grade fiction, as well as short stories for adults. Every Breath, the first book in a YA murder mystery series to be published by Allen & Unwin this September, is Ellie’s first novel.

Simmone Howell is an award-winning short story writer, screenwriter and small press publisher. Her short film Pity24 was awarded the 2004 AWGIE and has screened at highly regarded film festivals such as the London Australian Film Festival and Los Angeles Shorts Fest. She has published three award winning YA novels, her latest Girl Defective is published by Pan McMillan. http://simmonehowell.com/

We also have an open mic (with a strict 2-minute limit), a raffle and a book swap table (bring something you’ve read, take home something you haven’t).

When: 7.45 pm Wed 10th April

Where: Anglican Hall, Agitation Hill (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts)
Cost: $5 ($2 members)

February Reading: LOVE

Our 2013 program, featuring a wide range of writers, is almost ready to release to the wider world!

To kick off the year, our first reading features our local poet laureate, Ross Donlon.

Since it’ll beValentine’s Eve, we invite everyone to bring along something, original or borrowed, to read on the theme of love in our traditional open mic reading (2 minutes max).

There’ll also be the usual bookswap, raffle, and local writers’ books for sale – if you’ve got a book or somesuch of your own you’d like to sell, by all means bring it along.

You can also join CWM on the night and hear about our program for 2013.

When: 7.45 pm Wed. 13th Feb.
Where: Anglican Hall, Agitation Hill (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts)
Cost: $5 ($2 members)

Please note the new entry fee for 2013.

See you there, loveys!

November Reading: Read

PeterFernonOur last outing for 2012 went off in spectacular style, with a night of words and song and movement that left a smile on pretty much every dial in the house.

The prodigious Peter Fernon, pride of Trentham, took the wicket first with a rousing and sonorous set that traversed five thousand years, ranging from his melodic, captivating and ribald interpretations from The Epic of Gilgamesh to his own works about spirituality and identity in the modern world.


Next came Nathan Curnow, boast of Ballarat, favouring the audience with a selection from his three books to date, poems about fatherhood, childhood and ghosts that were punctuated by a demonstration of Nathan’s favourite thing to do with a velvet curtain, i.e, hold one edge and twirl around so that it wraps around him like a drapery coccoon.

Interspersed among our two fine features was a crop of open mic-ers that truly demonstrated the talent that is widely and generously dispersed throughout this fine region, the very thing that in the first place galvanised a group of word-lovers to create the beast you see before you, known only as the Castlemaine Word Mine.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s presented a feature reading or workshop as part of our inaugural year: Adam Ford, Robyn Annear, Lisa D’Onofrio, Simmone Howell, Tim Richards, Cath Crowley, Anne Gleeson, Susan Green, Ann de Hugard, Rob Wallis, Zoe Dattner, Andrew McKenna, Kathrin Ward, Jess Anastasi, Cate Kennedy, Dan Warner, Anna Hedigan, Klare Lanson, Martine Murray, Sally Rippin, Nathan Curnow, Peter Fernon, Carmel Bird and Jordie Albiston. You guys are all bulk ace.

Thanks also to everyone who performed in our open mic section, and thanks also to everyone who came along to any of our events throughout the year. You guys are all double-plus bulk ace no returns.

Finally, thanks to the Mount Alexander Shire Council for their financial assistance with our monthly readings series, and to Writers Victoria for their assistance with our workshops.

Next year CWM will return with a new readings program and other announcements about writerly and wordy events – stay tuned to this wee blog for details as they arise.

Thanks again, and all the best for the silly season.

October Reading: Trivia Night Fundraiser

Our next reading isn’t a reading at all. It’s a question-and-answer session, though – with prizes!

October 26 is the date to keep free for this one – full details on the poster below. Come along and strut your literary stuff. There will be fantastic prizes to win, and all proceeds go towards Castlemaine Word Mine so that we can keep Castlemaine’s writers and words in the manner to which they have become expected.

You can download the poster below to share with all of your trival, literary friends, pop it on your fridge as a reminder, or just leave it lying about on the kitchen table. It’s up to you.

See you there!

Click on the picture to download a poster to print and stick on yer fridge.

September Reading: Read

On Wednesday night gone an eager crowd of women gathered to hear Sally Rippin, Martine Murray and Simmone Howell chat about their writing careers so far.

Topics covered ranged from how to get an agent to where’s the best place to write. The entire evening felt like we were eavesdropping (in a good way) on a very entertaining conversation, as Simmone skillfully drew out the truth about making writing your career from the two talented authors, both illustrators, and mothers as well.

The audience then asked pertinent questions, bought raffle tickets (the top prize being a trio of signed books by the night’s participants) ate delicious homemade biscuits and went away inspired and satisfied.

For more of these authors’ writing, check out:

And stay tuned for more about October’s gig – it’ll be a rip snorter.

August Reading: Read

Yes, it’s been a while between drinks (by which we mean blog posts) and there’s a bit of stuff to keep you up to date about, but we didn’t want to get into all that without acknowledging the rousing success that was our August reading featuring Ms. Klare Lanson and Ms. Anna Hedigan.

Many a new face was seen at Word Mine HQ on the last Wednesday in August as Anna and Klare regaled them with stories and poetry from their very own brains/hearts/souls/insert-your-own-concept-of-where-creative-writing-comes-from-here.

Anna led the charge with two stories about preserving, gliders, lost children and bushfires, and after the short-but-worthy open mic and a little break, Klare too the podium with six poems about technology, identity, family and floods, among other things.

Thanks heaps and heaps to these fine ladies for an entertaining and insightful night of words, and stay tuned to this here blog for news of what’s next for the Word Mine readings in September.