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!


Weekend Playwriting Workshop with Jane Bodie

Do you want to know more about writing a play, or how to strengthen the one you have under your bed?

This workshop is an opportunity to learn the essential tools for writing a play with leading playwright, screenwriter and playwriting teacher Jane Bodie.

The weekend workshop will look at the fundamental tools with which to write a play: how to choose, then clarify and strengthen your initial idea, how to then approach it, or hone your existing craft. While demystifying the dramatic process crucial to producing a dramatic work, the workshop will also explore and celebrate ways that give rise to the work, to hone and identify each separate part of the process, what to do when you get writers block, and what makes a play yours and original. It will also involve a discussion about what new plays should be about and what the industry wants now and how to approach that.

The workshop is open to those already writing a play who want to sharpen their tools and strengthen their process, to those who have never written a play, but have a sneaking suspicion they might have one in them (or more…), or those who just want to try.

Over the weekend Jane will look at and run exercises about finding your voice, narrative, character, backstory, idiom, stage and dramatic action and how to find both the right story to tell and the structure to house it for maximum dramatic impact.

Jane  is a critically acclaimed writer for theatre, film and TV. She has spent the last 3 years as Head of Playwriting at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, having established the hugely successful course. Her plays, including This Year’s Ashes, A Single Act, Ride, Fourplay, Out Night One and Still, have played all over the world, from London to New York, Australia, Ireland and Brazil. She has also written extensively for TV and Radio, including The Secret Life of Us, Crash Burn and several plays for Radio Four and ABC Radio National.

The Workshop will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January at Lot 19, (Lot 19 Langslow Street, Castlemaine – access via McShanag’s Lane).  There will be a café with food available. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. All you need to bring is a pad and pen.

The cost is $200 for the full weekend ($170 concession available) or $120 for Saturday only. Please bring payment on the day.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please register your interest by emailing Jane at janebodie@hotmail.com.

What’s on in October and November (and beyond!)

We’ve just updated our What’s On guide to include a few exciting events happening in the next wee while, including:

  • Local author Neil Boyack’s launch of his debut poetry collection, Self Help and Other Works, on Saturday 20th October at Lot 19 in Castlemaine
  • The Castlemaine leg of the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam regional finals, at its regular haunt of the Maurocco Bar in Castlemaine on Saturday November 7th
  • The next three instalments of the Castlemaine Poetry Readings at the Comma in Castlemaine

Our What’s On guide will provide all pertinent details of the above (and more) when you click on this link. As always, if you know of an event you want us to list, get in touch at castlemainewordmine@gmail.com.

See you out and about!

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.

Ballarat Writers and Illustrators Festival This Weekend!

This weekend coming – that’d be the 1st and 2nd of September – sees the Ballarat Writers and Illustrators festival return for 2012 with the theme “Writing and Illustrating the Digital Age”.

The festival is 2 days of discussion panels on all manner of writerly and illustrational topics, as well as a keynote presentation from accomplished editor and publisher Eva Mills in conversation with Alice Barker. Check out the full Who’s Who of festival guests to whet your writerly-cum-illustrational appetite.

There’s also the opportunity to have a publisher critique your work – when you register for the festival you’re eligible to submit your masterpiece to a panel of editors and publishers from Text Publishing, black dog books and Five Mile Press. Six manuscripts will be selected for critique at the Sunday night event.

It’s all on at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, which you’ll find at 117 Sturt Street in downtown Ballarat.

Full details, including ticket prices, accommodation suggestions, a full program of events and guidelines for submitting your work for the publisher/editor critique, can be found at the Ballarat Writers Centre website.

August Reading: Klare Lanson & Anna Hedigan

Our August reading fast approacheth, so keep Wednesday 29 August free so you can get down to the Anglican Hall and see Klare Lanson and Anna Hedigan sharing their words with an attentive audience.

Klare is a poet and artist in sound, film and performance based here in Castlemaine. Her practice is motivated by her passionate interest in technology, social error, memory, environment and the everyday. She has presented over 200 solo and collaborative performances since the mid ’90s, and has toured internationally twice.  Her words are published on radio, web and for the page. Klare currently has a short film on exhibition as part of the Art Fields showcase of local artists, hosted at the Market Building in Castlemaine.

After graduating with an Honours degree in arcana only strange men in the Czech Republic care about, Anna slid into reviewing and arts journalism, finding her feet as a regular contributor to Radio National’s Book Show and the programs of the Australian Ballet. She enjoys eating raisin toast. As a fabulist she has been published in a several places, and  is currently hoping to scale the vertiginous burial mound of her novel on the medieval Italian painter Cimabue.

As mentioned, Klare and Anna will be joining us on 29 August from 7.30pm at the Castlemaine Anglican Church Hall. There’ll also 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). Entry is via gold coin donation and the night is BYO (we’ll provide the glasses).

See you there!

May Reading – Human Zoo: Demons and Angels

Our May reading is fast approaching, and we’re excited to be featuring Ann de Hugard and Rob Wallis as our two guest poets, who will be favouring us with a performance piece called “Human Zoo: Demons and Angels”.

As Les Murray once said, “Poetry is a zoo in which you keep demons and angels.” Ann and Rob’s poetry explores this human zoo.

Demons and angels abound in their family reminiscences. Parents and friends confront their own demons, a boy learns to swear in his uncle’s paddock, a girl is seduced by the charms of her mother’s friend and a grandmother battles a doctor in a nursing home.

War provides both poets with a range of the good and the fearful. Some family members are haunted by a Nazi past, a Japanese soldier long after World War Two has ended searches for the bones of his fallen comrades and the Vietnam War continues to haunt a contemporary relationship. More recent wars leave many survivors battling with their inner demons and refugees struggle to make sense of their new world.

Other characters in this zoo include historic figures such as Sylvia Plath, Sofia Tolstoy and that Shakespearian horror Macbeth, along with those people in our society who bring out the devil in all of us, a stalker in a supermarket, a group of bikies and those who mangle the language with modern jargon.

In this zoo both poets use a variety of forms and voices, from the serious and provocative to the humorous and satirical.

Ann de Hugard is a Castlemaine poet and founding member of Castlemaine Word Mine. Her first collection, A Question of Translation, was published by the APC in 2010. She was runner-up in the Ubud Writers Festival Slam in 2010. In 2011 she was Castlemaine’s first official Cafe Poet. Ann’s second collection, Breath, has just been published by Mark Time.

Rob is a mainstay and long-time supporter of CWM. He  has had 3 poetry collections published, the most recent being Man In A Glass Suit (Mark Time Books) in 2011. His poems have been published in various magazines, including Woorilla, The Mozzie, Poetry Monash, Wet Ink, Westerly and Blue Dog.

The night will include an open mic reading (one piece only, maximum 2 minutes) and Q&A with the guest performers, as well as our usual raffle and book swap table (bring a book, take home a different book). Any CWM members who have stuff to sell – art or books and stuff – are welcome to bring it along for sale on the night.

It’s all happening on Wednesday May 30 at 7.30pm, at the Anglican Church Hall on the corner of Kennedy and Forest Sts. Entry is by gold coin donation and membership forms will be available at the door. The night is BYO – we can provide glasses.

See you there!

April Reading: Independent Sleepers

ANZAC Day sees our next reading taking place, at which we are pleased to be featuring the talents of Zoe Dattner and Andrew McKenna.

Andrew has been a writer of fiction and journalism and a performance storyteller for many years. In 2010 he founded the new news site Castlemaine Independent with a focus on social justice and environmental issues in his own community and the world. He  has written shows that were performed at the Organ Factory, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and ANThill (Australian Nouveau Theatre) in South Melbourne. His fiction has been published widely in Australia and the USA. From 2007-2010 he toured Victorian schools with Regional Arts Victoria, and in 2007 and 2009 he toured Ireland and England, performing at schools, libraries and festivals, including the Waterford Imagine Festival, the Lugh Gur Storytelling Festival and the prestigious Baboro International Children’s Festival.

Zoe is co-founder and Creative Director of Sleepers Publishing and the General Manager for the Small Press Underground Networking Community, the peak industry body for small and independent publishers.

As well as the charming company of Zoe and Andrew, the night will feature our regular open mic section (2min maximum, one piece only), our book swap table (bring along a book you’re done with and swap it for something new) and a raffle. If you’re a member and you’ve got writerly wares to sell, please feel free to bring ’em along and we’ll make a space for them as well.

It’s all on at the Anglican Church Hall on the corner of Forest and Kennedy Streets (entry via service lane) on 25 April at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. Entry, as always, is via gold coin donation, and the night is BYO (we’ll provide the glasses).

Friends Deciding to Do Stuff

On Saturday 14 April, Punctum invites you to a workshop presentation of their current Friends Deciding To Do Stuff project.

Friends Deciding to Do Sutff is poetry, but not as you know it! It presents poetry as a catalyst for exchange/collaboration between poets, artists and audiences. It considers poetry as a springboard, poetry as conversation starter, poetry as pick up line, poetry as any number of approaches and possible art collaborations – verbal, physical, intellectual, visual, ephemeral, social, political, mechanical, transcendental, musical – a re-imagining of “the reading”.

On display on the day will be works in progress by artists and poets including Amy Turton, Klare Lanson, Tara Gilbee, Adam Ford, Penny Larkins, Bronwyn Blaiklock and  Emilie Collyer.

It’s all on the Saturday 14th April between 2.30pm and 4pm at  ICU, 1 Halford St, Castlemaine. Entry is free, but spaces are limited. For bookings email tjaensch70@gmail.com.

Friends Deciding to Do Stuff has been made possible through the generous support of Regional Arts Victoria and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

Workshop: Performance Techniques with Terry Jaensch

STOP PRESS: Please note that the time for this workshop has changed. It will now start at 12.30pm, not 1pm as previously advertised.

Just a quick reminder about next Wednesday’s performance techniques workshop, presented by Castlemaine Word Mine’s very own Terry Jaensch.

In this workshop Terry will discuss and demonstrate performative approaches to written works, from basic reading techniques and technical practicalities to ways that you can apply basic acting techniques to  reading/performing poetry, with an emphasis on individual style.

It’s on Wednesday 28 March from 1pm-3pm at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr of Kennedy and Forest Streets, and it costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Send bookings and enquiries to castlemainewordmine@gmail.com.

See you there!

About Terry Jaensch:

Terry is an Australian poet and actor. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor, Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004, he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for “Life Matters” on ABC Radio. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam.

Terry has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York. In his workshops, Terry seeks to help poets locate their own creative impulses when it comes to the writing of poetry. With an emphasis on the personal, identity and the lived experience poets come to understand the value of their own lives as subject matter for poetry and are introduced to a number of forms and poetic devices that will enable them to poetically communicate their particular view and/or experience of the world.