Port Kembla in Words

Steel Town Port Kembla

On the 15th of May, the South Coast Writers Centre hosted Steel Town: Port Kembla in Words, in partnership with Wollongong Art Gallery, in order to capture the flavour of the local exhibition Steel Town  Port Kembla.

Local writers were asked to submit prose or poetry about Port Kembla and Steel Town for a writing competition. Congratulations to Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, who won with her moving piece on "The First Multicultural Youth Support Scheme"!

The competition was judged by Sheryl Wiffen, who got up to read the winning piece and talked about her own history and connection to Port Kembla which is what drew her to Vivienne’s work:

"I chose this as it describes the early days of setting up a service initiated out of community need with little to no supportive backing, and succeeded despite all odds. Port Kembla was possibly the only place this could have begun given the year 1985. I particularly resonate with her last line ‘Port for me means community always has, always will.’”

Competition entrants were then invited to read their own pieces, all of which were captivating and insightful. This was then followed by an open mic and afternoon tea. 

Congratulations again to Vivienne, and the other entrants. And thank you to Wollongong Art Gallery for hosting the event.

Written by SCWC

Posted on May 25, 2016