Join us and meet other writers!

In the leafy grounds and hibiscus shade of the Fremantle Arts Centre Café.

Flame Trees in the Courtyard

Take your time to feel the energy of leaf power.

Friendly Fauna

Oh good, a bunch of writers with food!

Always be on the lookout for strange characters

They will make an interesting plot.

Haiku for Joyce

concrete two-seater
come, come, all writers sit on
my hard art

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Christmas wishes to all members, writers, friends and colleagues. May you have a happy and healthy Christmas and lots of good cheer in your New Year's celebrations. Please stay safe on the roads. We'll see you all back again in 2014. 
Kind regards from the OOTA Committee

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JukeBox Launched!

Over 75 people attended the launch of OOTA's 5th anthology "JukeBox". It was a day where the hot weather didn't really matter. The room was abuzz with friendly smiles, joviality and good cheer. Bruce Russell did the honours of launching the book, and Susan Midalia and Shane McCauley sang its praises. Five boxes of books arrived and at the end of the day, a full three and a quarter had disappeared. Thanks to everyone for attending. Your words and rhythms in JukeBox will trail forever into the airwaves.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

JukeBox:Where words meet rhythm!

JukeBox - an anthology of writers' works featuring flash fiction, short story, poetry, prose poetry and creative non-fiction brought to by Out of the Asylum Writers Group, Fremantle.

JUKEBOX - on sale now @ $20.00 or why not come to our launch, Sunday 10th November @ 1-4pm, Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre.

Books can be purchased through Out of the Asylum Writers Inc. Please contact Leanne Searle @
for your jazzy copy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

JUKEBOX LAUNCH - Sunday, 10th November (NOT Saturday, 9th November as advertised in Festival Brochure)

LAUNCH OF JUKEBOX -OOTA's 2013 Anthology: Sunday, 10th November:  1.00 - 4.00pm: Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre. (NOTE:  "NOT" SATURDAY 9th November) 
Cost of book is $20.00. We are also offering a Christmas Special and that means a discount. Please note: No eftpos or Credit Card facility.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Wonderful Day @ Gail Willems' book launch: Blood Ties & Crack-fed Dreams

Thursday, October 17, 2013

An Invitation to Gail Willems 1st Poetry Collection: Blood Ties & Crack-Fed Dreams

Perth and Mandurah based award winning poet Gail Willems is celebrating her first poetry collection titled

(published by GINNINDERRA PRESS) 

The collection will be launched by award-winning W.A. poet Annamaria Weldon

Saturday 2/11/2013 at 2pm upstairs in the Pavlich Room at the Fremantle Arts Centre at 2-4.30pm and in Mandurah at Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre on Thursday 14/11/2013 at 6-730pm (cnr Flavia St and Cobblers Rd Falcon) 

At Mandurah there will be an open mike session before the launch for 30mins. If you want to read then please come 10-15 mins earlier to put your name down.

Books on sale at both venues ($18.50 no credit card facilities)
All welcome to help Gail launch her 1st poetry collection.
Drinks and finger food provided

Monday, October 14, 2013

Video Launch of Helen Hagemann's "of Arc & Shadow"

Launch of Helen Hagemann's "of Arc & Shadow" at Gallows Gallery on Saturday 12th October. The collection is now available from the publisher Sunline Press, in the Lane Bookshop, and from the author.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Launch Invitation to Helen Hagemann's "of Arc & Shadow"

"of Arc & Shadow" by Helen Hagemann
Saturday, 12th October @ 2-4pm
Launched by Lucy Dougan
Gallows Gallery
53 Glyde Street,
Mosman Park. WA
Drinks & Finger Food
RSVP: Roland Leach - or (Helen)
by 5th October.  $20 Note: no credit card facility
All welcome!

of Arc & Shadow is published by Sunline Press (October 2013)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sponsorship Drive for OOTA Anthology

Out of the Asylum Writers Group

PO Box 142,

Fremantle.WA 6959

Help Sponsor

our OOTA Anthology 2013

All Donations gratefully accepted.

OOTA is fast approaching the deadline to have our anthology entitled “Jukebox” published and ready for the Fremantle Festival in November.  Due to reasons beyond our control, the Department of Culture and the Arts and the City of Fremantle have not supported this project. OOTA is therefore determined to see this project through and is now asking members and the community to help.  Our event on Sunday 10 November is to launch the book, but also to celebrate OOTA’s 10 year anniversary.

10th November 2013 Launch
at the Fremantle Arts Centre

with readings

from Jukebox

Further enquiries to
Leanne Searle at

RETURN THIS PORTION TO: OOTA, PO Box 142, Fremantle, WA 6959
Payment (Cheque/Money Order) Amount:  $__________   Please acknowledge me in the book  

Please note: that your ‘name’ and not your donated amount will appear on the credits page of the book.
Name: .............................................. 
Telephone No:...................................
Payment can be made into our Bank West - BSB 306-048 - account number 046281-4 
Please include your surname + ‘sponsor’ for administration purposes, ie, ‘Smithsponsor’ 
as the reference.

Friday, September 20, 2013

It's AGM time again!

Dear Members,

It's AGM time again. We will be conducting the meeting in Room 2 at the Fremantle Arts Centre at 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start on Saturday the 19th October.

The Committee and I are looking forward to seeing you there. 
Join us for collegial networking and camaraderie as well as the business of the day.

Hope you can come.

Best wishes
Julie Watts

Please find forms to download 
:  Proxy form here
:  Nomination form here

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize prize was established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, to foster poetry by writers who have not yet published a book of poems under their own name. In 2013, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winning poems will also be published in Overland.
It is the most prestitigous prize of its kind in the country – and it's exclusively open to unpublished poets. Check out for more information.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Griffith Review: The Novella Project 2

Edition 46: The Novella Project 2: Forgotten Stories
Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2014, early submissions encouraged
Publication date: late October 2014

Griffith REVIEW is pleased to announce the Novella Project 2, once again supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
In 2012, Griffith REVIEW 38: The Novella Project played a major role in enabling Australian and New Zealand authors to gain a foothold in the English language revival of the novella underway internationally. It was a best-seller at independent bookshops and widely praised by reviewers. Digital editions and eSingles of the winning novellas are available here.
Griffith REVIEW 46: Novella Project 2: Forgotten Stories will explore in fiction forgotten stories with an historical dimension, delving beyond the handful of iconic tales that have grown threadbare.
The massive migration of the past generation is not only changing Australia but reviving the need to find new ways to tell forgotten stories that are part of a shared but often overlooked cultural heritage of this country. Forgotten Stories will redefine what it means to be Australian in the twenty-first century. Further details @

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Inkerman & Blunt's Australian Love Poems 2013 launched at FAC

Thoughts of "Love is in the Air" permeated the Pavlich Room at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday for the launch of Inkerman & Blunt’s Australian Love Poems 2013. According to Donna Ward, “love” not hate should be a new tone for Australia. OOTA wishes to thank Julie Watts, our President, for organising the event. The Pavlich room was filled with poets and old friends. We think we made Donna 'feel like home', and Kevin Gillam did as well with his familiar Cello renditions.  Thanks also to committee members Liz Hearden and Leanne Searle for selling books on the day, and to all members who contributed with plates of food.  We thank Anthony Watts (Julie's better half) for a sterling job he did as our drinks waiter.
    Last but not least, thank you poets of WA! for your inclusion in this anthology, and to guest readers, Julie Watts, Sue Clennell, Jackson, Shane McCauley. Kevin Gillam and Roland Leach for making the event, pardon the pun, lovely. Unfortunately Miranda Aitken could not attend, but Donna read her poem Fish like Flowers and also a favourite On her Wedding Day (for Kate) by Michael Crane.


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