We’re into the third year now of being grateful for a Sydney garden which has enjoyed the rains. The dominant resident, the Noisy Miner, has introduced new sounds into its amazing vocal range in the last two years of listening. This morning, the local tribe had a big fight with an intruder and knocked out a gangly unloved pot plant. Noisy Miners are accused of blocking other native species, but I can’t help admiring their family spirit and they can’t prevent all visitors. The cockatoos who learn how to drink from our tightly fenced pool without damaging their wings; the rainbow lorikeets who love the grevilleas; the King Parrots who swoop in so quietly to feed in the camellias. And then there are the flying foxes who take over the turpentines at night. For the neighbours who have no garden, there is a wooded park and playground behind our side of the street. When allowed travel, there are favourite beaches down south. All busy then quiet, busy then quiet, in accordance with the surfs of Covid.
What one does during the distance, iso, quarantine… set up a pop up zine for one thing! Okay, so it’s really old-fashioned, but I like banners.. I’ve re-cycled one of my favourite pics for PUZ – the once upon a time Jacarandas (view from Lennox Bridge, Parramatta, built by convicts…) Plus other images donated by kind writers…
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.
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.
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
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.
From top clockwise: Jason Gray, Carol Amos, Mihaela Cristescu, Group with Felicity Amos, top row centre, Šime Knežević
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
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.
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.