Smoke of many deaths

Thousands of images like this are going up on social media as those of us who are outside the fire zones (for now), inhale the trees blown into the city and suburbs – trees that have burnt to the tiniest particles, small enough to enter our blood stream. I can’t grasp how terrifying and exhausting it must be closer to the fires for the residents and the firies. Australia knows bushfires, I was brought up on the stories, but this onslaught needs a bigger set of scales. Wanting to hear from the most senior in Government… who appears to be stuck on planet Usual.

On our street, looking through the parched Jacaranda, towards Parramatta shrouded in bushfire haze.

MCA Zine Fair

My first visit, with colleagues from NEW Writers Group Inc and Code-Mixing Poetry, to the annual zine fair at the Museum of Contemporary Art. A splendid event attended by large and curious crowds during the period of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. We were not the fanciest stall, but we displayed many editions of our publications, ranging from NWG Inc’s photocopied and badly stapled first attempt at ZineWest, to the lovely Romanian/Australian anthologies of Mihaela Cristescu. Sold a few titles and talked a great deal about the value of writers collaborating.Photos by Mihaela Cristescu.

Between Dusk and Dawn

Always a privilege to be part of the Code-Mixing Poetry team as co-editor with Mihaela Cristescu. Collage of some of the readers from the latest Romanian/Australian Anthology, Between Dusk and Dawn, produced by Cristescu and launched in Sydney by Dr. Luke Carman at the State Library of New South Wales, 23rd March 2019.

First Collage: L-R from top row Sue Crawford, Paul O’Loughlin, Smaranda Kafka, Abdullah Noman, Belinda Curby and fayroze. Photos courtesy of Code-Mixing Poetry.

Second collage: Carol Amos (Pres NWG Inc) Luke Carman, Sue Crawford, all presenters,Alex Plescan, Victor Valdes and Fernando Andres, Mihaela Cristescu

Rhetoric Images

Lachlans, Old Government House, was a charming setting for Rhetoric Images 2nd March. I haven’t time for a detailed report but Code-Mixing Poetry (FB Page) has photos and bios. I love the way Mihaela Cristescu welcomes music and art into her literary events. It was an honor to present beside writers Carol Amos, Jason Gray, Šime Knežević, and soprano Felicity Amos. The collage is blurry – all from old books I read as a child and have survived umpteen house moves. I was an early reader and also dived into Dickens and Shaw, but the books about nature were the treasured ones. Of course then I grew up and read other stuff… Collage: UK waders, my favorite bird as a kid, the Eastern Rosella (Aus.) and my favorite writer back then, Konrad Lorenz (who is being groomed by a Jackdaw). Cristescu gave us all the unusual chance to reflect openly on what influenced our writing and thinking. 

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Mihaela Cristescu

Jason Gray

 

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2019 fun with writing

Been working with Carol Amos and Mihaela Cristescu in preparation for a busy year. We have been writing, editing, talking and eating rather well. Our first three events are all in collaboration with other people … and then there’s the rest of 2019

NEW Writers’ Group Inc welcomes writers back to UNE Sydney in search of great characters (PPT and discussion) and a laugh about love (Valentine’s Open Mic Comp – with an emphasis on humor – there are book awards!) February 9

Lachlan’s Old Government House for RHETORIC IMAGES which involves images, champagne, a soprano, lots of hats, revelations from writers … March 2

Launch of Between Dusk and Dawn – Cristescu’s third Romanian/Australian anthology at the State Library of New South Wales – which will also feature imagery, music, readings and great food… not sure if we’re wearing hats … March 23

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Art by Luminita Serbanescu

On Mihaela Cristecu’s FB Page Code-Mixing Poetry there are images and videos of the recent launch in Romania of her latest Romanian/Australian anthology, Between Dusk and Dawn. It is an honour to have helped out with the works written in English and a delight to see some of our Western Sydney colleagues’ work represented.

Early in 2019 there will be the Sydney launch of this volume published by Editura Sfantul lerarh Nicolae with readings from Australian contributors.

 

 

On The Wallaby Track

Centre: Mihaela Cristescu, L:Carol Amos; R:Sue Crawford

There is something disconcerting about launching one anthology On The Wallaby Track while acquiring work for the next Between Dusk and Dawn (especially when a few writers are contributing to both) and being simultaneously on the cusp of promoting a different anthology altogether ie  the 2018 ZineWest. Bi-lingual poet Mihaela Cristescu, who heads the Romanian/Australian project, does an excellent job however of co-ordinating multiple tasks and inspires me to keep up.

I’m delighted to co-edit the English inclusions, which seem to be having a conversation in richly different voices. Lucky are those who can read all the works, Romanian and English.
On the Wallaby Track
NSW State Library, 24th March, 2018
Metcalfe Auditorium, 11:15 for 11:30 am
with Anamaria Beligan and Luke Carman.

Pounding the Pavement

The launch of Pounding the Pavement in Sydney, at the NSW State Library (25th March) celebrated the strengthening collaboration between Romanian and Australian writers. An initiative of bi-lingual poet, Mihaela Cristescu, the anthology included Romanian works by Romanians, plus English works by Australians – and Romanians. Artists were Luminita Serbanescu (illustrations) and Andrei Pora (short movie) both Romanian Canadians. Anamaria Beligan and Luke Carman commented on the works in the anthology. The event was opened by Her Excellency, Mrs Nineta Barbulescu the Romanian Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand. More details and images are available at Code-Mixing Poetry It was wonderful to see some of our writing friends from NEW Writers Group and ZineWest at the event and reading their work. Pic below is me listening to my poet friend Peter Cartwright.

Editing projects 2016/17

Keeping the amateur editing gig to two zines this year. Last year I edited or co-edited four little journals. Enjoy it though I did, in 2017 it will be just ZineWest and Mihaela Cristescu’s next anthology: “On the Wallaby Track”.
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ZineWest 16: here’s our eminent judge Luke Carman and Julie Owens MP (with prize at ready) congratulating writers.

 

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Every ZW looks a bit different despite sticking to a basic A5 white cover. Front image by Geoff Sellman and back cover by Robert Frost

 

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Co-edited the first of Mihaela Cristescu’s anthologies to include a strong line up of Australians writing in English. Love Luminita Serbanescu’s artwork.

 

Also in 2016 I helped a friend self-publish an anthology (which sold out) and finally, I played back-up for the editor of NWG’s financial members’ anthology.