Month: January 2018

Ballarat Writers Incorporated 2017 in review

Literature goes on and so must we!

The committee of Ballarat Writers Incorporated (BWI): Irene Warfe (chairperson) Philip Green and Rebecca Spark (who shared competitions officer this year) Joy Merritt, Rebecca Fletcher and Danielle O’Donnell were involved in promoting membership, running membership evenings once a month, planning workshops, running the Southern Cross Short Story Competition, a fundraising trivia night, and planning for 2018. The local business community showed good support of our fundraising efforts. Continue reading

February Words Out Loud — That lovin’ feelin

Words Out Loud gets heartfelt on February 15 when it searches for “that lovin’ feelin’” at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised).


Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated.
Performances begin from 7pm.

This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word.

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2018 AGM information and nomination forms

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday February 13, at the Bunch of Grapes hotel from 7pm. The outgoing committee will be there early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in taking Ballarat Writers forward.

If you would like to be involved with the committee, this is how you do it!

Forms will be available at our next members’ night on the 31st of January.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Nominations must be emailed or delivered to current chairperson Irene Warfe (see form for details) by Tuesday 6 February. Voting will take place at the AGM, at Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat, at 7pm. The outgoing committee will be at the room early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those  interested in taking Ballarat Writers forward.

Also available on the website is a proxy voting form for those unable to attend the AGM. This should be carried by the proxy on the night.

Click here to download a proxy voting form.


Please note: Some members of the committee will be stepping down, so volunteers to fill the posts of secretary and treasurer would be greatly appreciated. Nominations are open for the positions of chair, competitions, treasurer/membership, secretary and publicity. The committee will be available to aid the transition with handover documents and advice.


The gritty details:

Nominations of candidates for election as Officer Bearers of the Committee must be:

  • made in writing, signed by two members of BWI and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and
  • delivered to the Secretary of BWI not less than 7 days before the date fixed for the holding of the Annual General Meeting.

A candidate for election as Officer Bearer may only be nominated prior to the Annual General Meeting. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot must be held.

The ballot for the election of Officer Bearers of the Committee must be conducted at the Annual General Meeting in such manner as the committee may direct.

Little Bridge Street Poetry Pocket Park

The City of Ballarat is seeking responses from interested poets to create a public display of their poetry at Little Bridge Street Pocket Park.  The poem(s) will be incorporated into new seating in the Pocket Park design. The selected poet will work with selected street furniture designers to successfully incorporate the poem into the selected seat design.

The commissioned poetry will reflect the stories of the local community. The selected poem will reflect the theme of contemporary life in urban Ballarat.  The commissioned poet should consider the broad appeal of the poem they submit, noting that the area is used by a cross section of the Ballarat community including families.

A sum of $2,000 and will be paid to commission the poem.  The City of Ballarat will provide and install seating for the poem(s) and will cover the cost of integrating the poem to the seats up to the value of $3,000 (as arranged by the seat designer in collaboration with the poet)

The selected poet will work with the selected designer and seat manufacturer ‘Street Furniture Australia’ to produce the poetry seating.  The selected poet will work with an existing seat design and input into the seating colour, spacing and layout of text and the integration of the words onto four seats (for example this may be etched or printed, an audio recording or another creative integration).  The poet will be asked to strongly consider how public interaction may affect their work and include in their proposal how their design addresses threats of graffiti vandalism, incidental and wilful damage and any ongoing maintenance requirements.


Submission date and requirements

Interested poets should provide one PDF file containing the following to  by 5pm Monday 29 January 2018.


  • The full name and contact details and CV of the poet (maximum 2 pages)
  • A one paragraph biography of the poet
  • Up to four poems for selection for the poetry seats (i.e. one poem across all seats, or one per seat)
  • A one page description/design of your concept for the poetry integration onto the seats including an indicative production cost (to be confirmed once seat design is selected)


If you have queries or concerns about these requirements, please contact Kate Gerritsen on 03 5320 5199 for assistance.

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