August at SCWC

by Yvette Gilfillan


It’s the height of ski season in Australia. Many drive in dark cars at 5am, frosted windows sealed tight, all to feel the coldness of melting ice between their fingers … to see the powdery spray of snow fly beneath their skies. Weaving down the hill, muscles braced as they turn, they become accustomed to the misty freezer of the outdoors—whilst staying warm with the first rays of spring sunshine.

Take your laptop outside and feel the fresh air on your cheeks, soaking up the Vitamin D we’ve been so deprived of this winter. See what’s coming up this month, and warm the slivers of ice in your literary heart.


Wednesday 1st of August:

‘Eugene Von Guerard – Travelling Artist, Collector and Cultural Broker’ with Dr Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis

1-2 pm, Wollongong Art Gallery

In a fascinating extension of her PhD research, Dr. Rike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis—the director and CEO of South Coast Writers Centre—will be presenting a lecture on the work of artist Eugene Von Guerard.

Eugene’s profound exploration into Indigenous art, and the collections of Aboriginal artefacts he amassed for European museums, are both achievements that deserve to be brought into the public sphere.

FREE, all welcome


Wednesday 1st of August:

Word Salad Performance Night – Ali Jane Smith

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Ali is a well-established poet who has done wonders for the creative arts scene in Wollongong and beyond. She was recently commissioned by the Wollongong Art Gallery to write a series of poems for the exhibition Chromophilia, and has been published in numerous Australian literary journals. She is the author of the chapbook Gala (2006), was selected as an emerging star in the Copyright Agency—Sydney Review of Books program.

Hear her perform lyrical, evocative pieces whilst you enjoy delicious café food.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Saturday 4th of August:

‘Things We Want to Know But Forget to Ask (Stories about the painted past and the precarious future)’

Featuring Su Ballard, Christine Howe, Luke Johnson, Tess Barber, Jo Law, Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis, Aunty Barb Nicholson, and Catherine McKinnon

2-4 pm, Wollongong Art Gallery

Come and see a host of local authors and artists creatively respond to the paintings from the Jewels in the Crown exhibition, discussing how the Australian landscape and ecosystem has influenced their own writing.

FREE, all welcome. Afternoon tea provided!


Wednesday 8th of August:

Word Salad – Enjoying and Reading the Poetry of Ellen van Neerven

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Ellen is a poet of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage, with an longstanding history in the arts. Her first anthology, Heat and Light (2014), was the recipient of the NSW Premier’s Indigenous Prize and was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, among many other accolades.

Her poetry is heartfelt and unique, so join us in reading one of Australia’s most decorated literary talents.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Wednesday 15th of August:

Word Salad – Big Book Club for The Muse by Jessie Burton

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

This week at Big Book Club we will be discussing Jessie Burton’s The Muse, a bestselling literary novel that has just the right amount of suspense, seductiveness and an unforgettable plotline.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Source: https://www.theedgesusu.co.uk/... – credit to Pan Macmillan


Wednesday 22nd of August:

Word Salad – Darian Zam talking about his project ‘Coal Faces’

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Do you love Humans of New York? Come and listen to the life snapshots of the humans of Mount Kembla, and understand the Illawarra like you never have before.

Artist and writer Darian Zam left the neon lights, glistening skyscrapers and congested traffic of Sydney for an old mining town on the South Coast. It was only supposed to be a short visit, but he became hooked on capturing the rich history of the locals in vivid portraits and 150-word stories.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Written by SCWC

Posted on July 28, 2018