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

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Astronomer's Wife by Dick Alderson - Book Launch 7th June

Sunline Press invites you to the launch of

the astronomer’s wife

a collection of poetry by Dick Alderson

to be launched by Lucy Dougan

2.00 – 4.30 pm, Saturday 7th June 2014

The Pavlich Room  Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street  Fremantle 6160

by 2nd June (for catering)

Monday, May 19, 2014

OOTA Prose Workshops with Nandi Chinna

Writing at the Centre -  May/June prose workshops with Nandi Chinna

A Vast Emptiness. A Possible Book

Virginia Woolf said that ‘writing a novel is like walking through a dark room, holding a lantern which lights up what is already in the room anyway’. Another writer says that writing is like having to rearrange the furniture in a dark room, and then when it was all rearranged the light will come on. Still another writer comments that writing is like being in an empty room which is nevertheless filled with unspoken words, with a sort of whispering.

In this series of three prose workshops we will practice exercises and techniques which will allow us to enter these seemingly dark or empty rooms in our imaginations. We will rearrange, stumble upon, and illuminate what is already there, waiting to be expressed upon the page or computer screen.

Fridays 10am – 12noon, May 30th, June 13th, and 27th June at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Room 2, upstairs in the main building.

Dr Nandi Chinna is a poet, essayist, short story writer and sessional academic at ECU. Her short stories have been published as a part of the 1001 Nights text/performance project, and in various journals. Her first collection of poetry, Our Only Guide is Our Homesickness, was published by the Five Islands Press New Poets Program in 2007, followed by the chap book How to Measure Land, which was joint winner of the 2010 Picaro Press Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize.  Her poetry collection Swamp was published by Fremantle Press in 2014. She lives near Fremantle, Western Australia.

Writing at the Centre is an independent writing class conducted each Friday, 10am – 12noon, at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Room 2, upstairs in the main building.  Cost to OOTA Members $20.00: Cost to Participants NON-OOTA $25.00 (per single class). No Booking required, although Nandi would appreciate an email from interested writers.

Call Nandi for info 9331 3104,

Monday, May 12, 2014

SWAMP - Launch Review & Pics

In the large building of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, the room was crowded. Nandi and friends delighted the audience with songs by Mei Saraswati (Swamp Gospel) and poetry read to music with Danna Checksfield on Viola. Some of the gathering had previously gone for a 15 minute walk around part of Bibra Lake, and we believe the publishers Georgia Richter and Wendy Jenkins also visited this eco system on another occasion. The afternoon was a great treat and also Nandi's poetry came alive when she read several "Swamp" poems. If the wetlands disappear, her work will be an important historical document, but for now, we almost hear the cranes cry, but not the ones used on the Fiona Stanley Hospital - such irony!
Swamp by Nandi Chinna, launched by John Mateer.
Published by Fremantle Press, 2014.

Monday, May 5, 2014

OOTA Announces its Spilt Ink Competition 2014

Spilt Ink Competition 2014

Categories: Poetry and Short Story

First Prize $200
Second Prize $100
Third Prize $50

Short Story
First Prize $200
Second Prize $100
Third Prize $50

Submissions deadline:
31 August 2014

Enquiries to:

                                                            For Members only!

                                     Download our entry form and guidelines in Word or .pdf


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