Friday, 29 February 2008

Lending Rights title claims

Lending Rights is now online at:

The Lending Rights Office says:

Please mark 31 March 2008 in your diaries! It is the new closing date for submitting
title claims for Public and Educational Lending Rights.

To make PLR and ELR more responsive and efficient, 31 March will be the permanent
closing date for 2008 and into the future.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Poetry and the Prime Minister's award

... and this is the reply I got:

Dear Chris,

Thank you for contacting us with your enquiry.

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. The awards recognise literature’s importance to our national identity, community and economy.

Non-fiction works may include biographies, autobiographies, histories, philosophy, literary criticism and works dealing with contemporary issues are eligible.

Works may be entered in either the Fiction or Non-Fiction category of these awards but may not be entered in both.

I am not able to provide specific advice on your work but please note that works must have been first published between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2007
with at least 750 copies produced by a publisher.

Kind regards,


Karen Bell
Prime Minister's Literary Awards
Literature and Lending Rights (PLR & ELR)
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 3241

Ph: 1800 707 889
Fax: (02) 672 1651

In other words, no actual reply.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

PressPress received this:

Entries for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are now open.
The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are a new initiative celebrating the contribution of Australian literature to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

A prize of $100 000, proposed to be tax free, will be awarded to the work judged to be of the highest literary merit in each of two categories:

Authors, publishers and literary agents are eligible to enter books written by living Australian citizens and permanent residents. Works must be first published in English and first offered for general sale between 1 January and 31 December 2007.

Entry forms for the Awards and the guidelines, outlining eligibility criteria and providing further information, are attached to this email.

Completed entry submissions must be received by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts by 2pm, Friday 28 March 2008 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

If once you have read the guidelines you require further information, please contact the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, at the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:

Phone: 1800 707 889


Christabel Wright
Manager - Literature and Lending Rights
Culture Division
Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Naturally I wrote to ask what category I should submit the poetry titles under.

I await a reply.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Poets on Wheels

Apply now for a (paid) spot on the Poets on Wheels 2008 Tour (open to NSW residents only)which will go 'West of the Range NSW by train for a week starting 16 October'.

Go to the Poets Union site for details.

Go there as well for details of the 6th Australian Poetry Festival to be held in Sydney from 5-7 September 2008.

Poets Union

The NSW Poets Union has moved and changed its phone and fax. Here are the new details:
Phone 02 9357 6602
Fax 02 9357 6601


Postal address:

PO Box 755
Potts Point NSW 1335

Physical address:

50-52 Darlinghurst Road
Kings Cross 2011

Friday, 15 February 2008

Scissor Ballet

This is what my scissors and I get up to when we are supposed to be working.

Friday, 8 February 2008

International Women's Day: Shoalhaven 2008 Program

A celebration of Women Past Present Future

History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day originated from a public demonstration by women members of the International Garment Worker’s’ Union in New York in 1908, who were demanding changes to their intolerable working conditions.

In Sydney, IWD was first celebrated in 1928 at a rally that called for equal pay for equal work, an eight hour day for shop workers, no piece-work, a based wage for the unemployed and paid annual holidays. Rallies and marches have been held throughout Australia every year since. Some of the major issues on which women continue to campaign include workplace reform, international human rights, poverty, childcare and violence against women.

Green, white and violet were the colours used in 1908 by the women who fought for votes for women in England and have been used ever since.

In Australia in 1902 following Federation the Commonwealth Franchise Act gave women the right to vote and to stand for Federal Parliament. Through the work of the Womanhood Suffrage League, women gained suffrage and began the first significant steps toward equality between men and women. Aboriginal women achieved the right to vote in 1967.

IWD stands for equality between women and men. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women’s rights

Celebrations for the Shoalhaven
March 2008

Selected highlights

Sunday 2 March 2008 10.00am – 1pm
Come along for some fun, exercise and socialising. We will meet at the Currarong shop at 10am and do the “Abraham’s Bosom” walk. Bring your own lunch and drinks
Venue: Abraham’s Bosom walk Currarong.
Cost: Free
Contact: Melissa Hedger 0423 606 100

Monday 3 March 2008 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Launching Y Quest 2008. Y Quest is a leadership program for young women aged 15 – 25 and this year’s entrants in the program will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community
Venue: To be advised
Cost: No cost
Contact:YWCA NSW 4423 8501

Friday 7 March 2008 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Morning tea, entertainment and awards to local women in recognition of their services to the community
Venue: Ulladulla & Districts Community Resource Centre, 78 St Vincents Street Ulladulla
Cost: Free
Contact: Maria Peters 4454 0477

Saturday 8 March 2008 1.00pm
Official opening of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize. Exhibition open 8 March – 25 May 2008
Venue: Wollongong City Gallery
Cost: Free
Contact Wollongong City Gallery 02 4228 7500

Saturday 8 March 2008 7.00pm until late
This women only event is loads of fun and an excellent opportunity for women to perform for the first time. Meals will be available to purchase, come at 6pm to eat and mingle and BYO drinks. Performances start at 7.30pm
If you wish to sing, dance, read poetry, fire twirl or entertain in any way ring Sandra
Venue: Tomerong Hall, Tomerong
Cost: $10.00 or $5.00 concession. Pay at door
Contact: Sandra on 4421 8150

Thursday 13 March 2008 11.00am – 6.00pm
Join us and participate in a variety of experiential workshops including relaxation, light exercise, resilience and singing. Visit a number of stalls promoting a range of available health and wellness services and businesses available in the Shoalhaven.
Venue: Wesley Hall. Opposite old Post Office building, Nowra
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: Judith Reardon 4423 8501

Saturday 15 March 2008 7.30pm – 11.30pm
Groove the night away with DJ Kung.
Lucky door prizes. Bring Supper to share.
Venue: School of Arts Annex
Cost: $10.00 or $5.00 concession. Pay at door.
Contact: Marg 4422 0103 Women only event

Proudly supported by:
Office for Women NSW Premier’s Department
Older Women’s Network (OWN) Shoalhaven Branch
Shoalhaven City Council
Shoalhaven International Women’s Day Committee
Shoalhaven Women’s Health Centre
Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group
Shoalhaven Youth Centre
South Coast Register
Unions Shoalhaven
University of Wollongong – Shoalhaven Campus

Monday, 4 February 2008

PressPress Chapbook Award 2008

This has just opened. If you could tell people, it would be good. I'm looking for really good material!

The PressPress Poetry Chapbook Award 2008 has opened for submissions. You need 30-40 pages of original poetry to enter.

The winning the Award will get you:
1. incalculable glory
2. $300AUD
3. Publication of a chapbook with PressPress.

Full guidelines and entry form on the PressPress site at

Many thanks