Annual Fundraiser: Literary Trivia Night

After another sell-out night last year we are happy to announce our 3rd Literary Trivia event.  Fantastic prizes to win. All proceeds go towards Castlemaine Word Mine.
There will be tables of 8 only. Make up your own or join a table on the night.
BYO drinks, snacks and money for raffles.

Guest MC: Suzanne Ingleton

Bookings essential: ph 5472 2647 after 6pm

Cost: $10 per head

When: 7.30 pm Fri 13th June

Where: Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts)


Launch: Crow and Other Poems by Ann de Hugard

You are all invited to the launch of CROW and other Poems by Ann de Hugard, published by Mark Time Books.

Proceeds from the sale of books will go to Refugees without Fences.

To be launched by: Rev Ken Parker.

When: Tuesday 27th May at 5 30 pm.
Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

Sunday Salon: The Worm in the Apple

Bring a short piece to read at the next Castlemaine Wordmine Sunday Salon. Our theme for the afternoon is ‘The Worm in the Apple’ but ignore that if it doesn’t suit. (We’re being casually seasonal this year.) Max 10 minutes reading time.

Everyone welcome to network, meet other writers, hear about our program and new ideas are welcome. Wine supplied.
Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members. Come and join on the day or renew your membership.

When: Sunday, April 6th at 2 pm

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


An Evening at the New Northern with Lauren Wambach

Come and dine with Word Mine members and friends and listen to Lauren Wambach, food blogger turned writer and reviewer. Come to eat, or come later to hear Lauren speak. At the end of the night try your hand at writing a review (optional).

Lauren Wambach presents the popular Footscray Food Blog as well as contributing to the Age, Time Out and Broadsheet. She also runs food tours. Her passion is the western suburbs of Melbourne and the edible multicultural delights they cradle, from Afghan kebabs cooked over charcoal, to rich red Ethiopian stews.

Lauren Wambach

Where: New Northern, Barker St. Castlemaine

When: Wednesday 19th March, 7pm (to eat with Lauren) or 8pm to hear her speak

Cost: Pay for your meal, or if you come at 8 buy a drink from the bar

Enquiries: Ann 5472 2647

Eat Your Words: Workshop with Ross Donlon

This is a workshop for poetry and prose writers to create work inspired by food. Ross will introduce ideas for writing about fruit, vegetables, meals, food and place, and the experience of eating, so that participants leave with useful drafts to develop. Each participant must bring a favourite piece of fruit or vegetable and a recipe that is interesting or special for them.

Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.
To secure your place contact: Ann de Hugard, ph 54722647

Download ross donlon workshop flyer for booking form.ross donlon workshop flyer

Cost: $ 25 / $20 members

When: Saturday 1 March 2-4pm

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

Sunday Salon: Words About Summer

Sick of the long hot summer? Or do you still have that summer feeling?

Join us at the Word Mine this Sunday to share your words/writings about summer. (Or other short pieces of writing – up to 10 minutes)

Meet other writers and hear about our program for 2014.

Champagne and fruit punch to cool you down.

Members and non-members welcome.

Cost: $2 members $5 non-members. Come and join on the day or renew your membership. 

When: Sunday  Feb 16 at 2 pm

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

Launch and Performance: Venie Holmgren

Venie Holmgren, an accomplished poet and performer, will launch her latest collection of poetry The Tea House Poems this Saturday afternoon. Venie is Castlemaine Word Mine’s most mature member (91 years of age). To be launched by Nola Firth, MC’d by Ross Donlon.

Cost: free

When: 2pm Sat 30 November

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

Notice of AGM – 11th November 2013

Castlemaine Word Mine Inc invites all financial members to their 2013 Annual General Meeting.
You are welcome to stay on for the monthly committee meeting, which will follow the AGM and supper.

When: 7 – 8 pm, Monday 11th November 2013.

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

Launch: The Complete Quirks of Margaret Goff

Margaret Goff will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.
Effervescent Lancashire lass turned Australian, Margaret Goff, will give a performance of some of the quirky works from her new book The Complete Quirks of Margaret Goff, at her Castlemaine launch this Sunday afternoon.

Margaret’s poems and songs have been received with enthusiastic applause in concert, at festivals, in theatres, clubs, pubs and on radio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

As a teacher of creative writing for over twenty years, Margaret has nurtured and encouraged a wealth of talent in her students of all ages in Western Australia and Victoria, and she also ran classes for several years at Castlemaine Continuing Adult Education.

Before Margaret’s performance and launch, there will be a discussion about creating books. One of Margaret’s Castlemaine students, Sue Turner, has recently had her first book published. She and her co-author and publisher Dr Sally Berridge will discuss the challenging process of making a story into a book: working with a mentor, editing, designing and publishing the final manuscript.
Sue and Sally’s book The Munro Court Story: An Australian housing development of energy–smart houses in water-wise gardens will also be available for sale.

Wines, tea, coffee and light snacks will be available for purchase before and after the event.

Cost: Gold coin donation

When: 1.30pm for 2pm Sunday 20 October

Where: The Maurocco Bar, Midland Hotel, 2 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.