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Westerly Magazine’s New Creative to launch during Australian Short Story Festival

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


A new online issue of the prestigious Westerly magazine is now available free from the website. This special issue showcases emerging talent from the Western Australian writing community and specifically from local university programmes. Westerly: New Creative, co-edited by Rashida Murphy, Marie O'Rourke, Josephine Taylor and David Thomas Henry Wright, focuses on emerging West Australian writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

ECU is well represented in Westerly: New Creative: editors Josephine Taylor and Rashida Murphy both completed their award-winning PhDs in Writing at ECU, and are now Adjunct Lecturers in the School of Arts and Humanities. Contributors include past and present students at ECU – Miranda Aitken, Wendy Beach, Susan Braghieri, Dylan Dartnell, Brenda Downing, Garry ‘Gus’ Henderson, Julia Lane, Rachelle Rechichi and Kylie J. Stevenson.

“What these works have in common is a powerful focus on regeneration and recovery and what it means to inhabit a West Australian landscape/mindscape... The resulting collection offers freshness, diversity and a strong sense of place. We are especially delighted that this issue of Westerly: New Creativecaptures the somewhat elusive but essentially dynamic nature of contemporary West Australian writing.” From the editors.

The launch of this exhilarating issue of Westerly will take place at the Australian Short Story Festival in Northbridge on Sunday, 23 October from 12.00pm. This inaugural festival will celebrate short stories in written and spoken form and will run from Friday, 21 October - Sunday, 23 October at the Centre for Stories. With Gail Jones acting as Patron, Cate Kennedy will give the opening address and Kim Scott will provide the closing. There will be workshops, panels, conversations and addresses featuring some of Australia’s best-loved short story authors, emerging short fiction writers and many local favourites – including a number of ECU staff and students. Participant writers and facilitators include Donna Mazza, Lekkie Hopkins, Richard Rossiter, Michelle Michau-Crawford, Josephine Taylor, Laurie Steed, Julie Koh, Rachelle Rechichi, David Whish-Wilson, Vahri McKenzie, Isabelle Li, Meri Fatin, Parashar Kulkarni, Fiona McFarlane, and Susan Midalia, whose 2015 collection of short stories, Feet to the Stars, was short-listed for the 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. It promises to be a great celebration of short fiction.

Event details

New Creative Launch

Date: Sunday, 23 October, 2016
Time: from 12.00 pm
Venue: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA 6003

Short Story Festival

Dates: Friday, 21 October, 2016 – Sunday, 23 October, 2016.
Venue: Centre for Stories, State Library of WA and the Northbridge Piazza.


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