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Picture a Story Exhibition

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013

A free exhibition at the State Library of WA which features illustrations and artwork from some of Australia’s most loved picture books, open until 27 February...

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A Very Busy Weekend at the FAWWA

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

Afternoon Readings from the FAWWA Mentorship Program 2013 Please come along to an afternoon of readings by the mentees and a discussion of mentors and mentees re their experience of the program. It will run from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday November 10th and be followed by a delicious afternoon tea. Furphy Water Cart in Fremantle Festival Parade You are also urged to attend the Fremantle Festival Parade and see the newly restored Furphy Water Cart. Beginning at...

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A Poem by Randolph Stowe

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

LANDFALL by Randolph Stowe And indeed I shall anchor, one day – some summer morning of sunflowers and bougainvillaea and arid wind - and smoking a black cigar, one hand on the mast, Turn, and unlade my eyes of their cargo; and the parrot will speed from my shoulder, and white yachts glide welcoming out from the shore on the turquoise tide. And when they ask me where I have been, I shall say I do not remember. And...

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The Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2013 is Now Open

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843 – 1912) who wrote as Tom Collins. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $400 and four Highly Commended poems receive $150 each. Poems should be no more than 60 lines. Closing date is 15 December. TCPP2013 Entry Form and...

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News from the AGM

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

At the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 27th October, Peter Bibby was elected as our new President. New Committee Member Marlish Glorie, was elected as Secretary. The rest of the Committee consists of Colin Young, Patricia Johnson, Patsy Millett, Sally Gaunt, Pam Riessen, Warren Jennings, Rod Griffiths. Trisha Kotai Ewers, as immediate past President, will remain on the Committee for the coming year. Many tributes were paid to Trisha at the meeting, for all of her year of work...

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Creativity Festival

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013

Come along to our Festival of Creativity, open between 10am and 5pm. Join us at Mattie Furphy House and surrounds, and enjoy some quality time: watch Dearwynne Williamson craft beautiful jewels and try making your own bracelet attend a talk from our insightful guest Horst Kornberger on Storytelling join Colin Young for a short workshop on Relationships in Mythology go on a guided bush walk with Rod Griffith using pattern recognition to find ‘Order Out of Chaos’ enjoy afternoon...

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What a Furphy! Myths about writing and writers

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013

A furphy, or furfie, is the Australian slang for a rumour, a story that is absurd and untrue. John Furphy was the founder of water carts used in Shepparton, Victoria, in World War I. Workers would get together and exchange gossips over these water carts with John’s name on it.   John’s brother, our very own Joseph Furphy, left for Western Australia to join his children, and revealed himself to be just as skilled as his brother, both in...

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