National Young Writers’ Festival 2015

3

This year I was lucky enough to be a festival artist at the National Young Writers’ Festival 2015. When I found out that I had been offered a spot as a festival artist I literally screamed and ran around my house, much to confusion of my housemates. National Young Writers’ Festival is a hoot! I had attended in 2014 and had absolutely fallen in love with the festival.

If you need any proof of how magical National Young Writers’ Festival was, you can just have a watch:

OH MY THE FEELINGS! It was a truly beautiful experience and I cannot recommend going to NYWF more. So many lovely exciting people just having a go. As one person said to me, what makes NYWF so special is that everyone is just trying their best. For many people it’s the first time they have chaired a panel or read to such a large audience. It’s a space where people are allowed to fail and experiment.

I attended a lot of things, but my favourite events were the Late Night Readings: Flirting with the Law, Screenwriting Workshop with Magda Wozniak, Late Night Readings: Breakups and Breakdowns and the Under The Sea Enchantment Ball (of course).

The Screenwriting Workshop was my favourite. I’ve always been curious about how writing rooms work and this session gave me a lot of insight. In the session we were treated as Home and Away writers and worked through the process of how to script a weeks worth of content. People were pitching ideas left right and centre and  bouncing ideas off each other. It made me realise that writing for tv is a lot about writing to constraint and working as a team.


I was on two panels:

The Plays The Thing –
Host: Kate McDowell. Participants: Felicity PickeringPhillip KavanaghLiv Satchel

Blurb:
When it comes to the writing community, playwrights and playwriting can often get swept under the rug. With playwriting one of the oldest forms of literature, it’s high time we put the spotlight back on the stage. These bards spill the beans on the playwriting industry, and the issues they face as playwrights today.

A Newcastle Story –
Participants: Felicity PickeringFinbah NeillThandi Chindove, Ewa Ramsey.

Blurb: In partnership with the Newcastle Museum, NYWF takes you on a trip into Newcastle’s history. From lightbulbs to biscuits, earthquakes to coal heaps, join these brilliant young storytellers as they delve into the museum’s collections and dig up some fascinating tales of Newcastle past, present and future.

The Plays The Thing was a great relaxed session. It was my first time being on a panel.

A Newcastle Story was more nerve wracking. A few weeks before the reading I had caught the train to Newcastle for the day to get a private tour of the Newcastle Museum. I had to find something in there that inspired me and write something in response.

Newcastle Museum had a series of portraits of hotels and pubs from Newcastle with stories about the pubs displayed on the side. I ended up writing a piece about an 18 year old girl who starts working at a hotel in Newcastle that is filled with backpackers and the hotel comes to represent that period of her life.

I have a few snaps from the A Newcastle Story reading:

1 2

All in all NYWF was such a great experience and I hope to attend again next year!

 

Advertisements

Sydney Writers’ Festival – Kate Tempest and Anis Mojgani

On the 26 of May, international performance poets Kate Tempest (UK) and Anis Mojgani (USA) graced the Sydney Writers’ Festival with breath taking performances. Responding to each others work they performed several poems to a packed crowd. Audiences vied for prime positions and front row dwellers mouthed to words, people peeked through windows and dangled legs over banisters. It was a wonderful compliment to the earlier spoken word poetry event Troubadours and Minstrels and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

Performances were made by Skye Loneragan, Miles Merrill, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri, Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) and others. It was wonderful to see local talents alongside international performers, and to see that the spoken word poetry scene has so much to offer. The performances of poets from so many varied cultures and experiences brought an atmosphere of creativity, collaboration and community to the event.

Photo by Jamie Williams.

Photo by Jamie Williams.

Drop and Village Bizzare Opening Night

The 2nd of November marked the opening of DROP presented by Word Travels. The event was celebrated with an Open Mic Night held at the 13 Cambridge Street. Feature performances were made by Miles Merrill, Robert Grey and Indonesian Poet Khairani Barokka who was touring Australia.

The opening night of DROP was followed by the Village Bizarre Opening Night. Poets were encouraged to pull aside and give private performances to the attendees of the VIP event. For more information about the upcoming performances by Word Travel’s poets please check the facebook. Roaming poets will be performing in the Rocks each Friday Night for the duration of The Rocks Village Bizarre (2nd November to 21 December). For more information about The Village Bizarre go to their website. Make sure you come down!