intro...December by Kian West


It’s a Christmas Bonanza! As fierce Novocastrian supporters we urge all our fellow loyal citizens to support the locals this Christmas and on into 2015 whenever possible. Support the local makers, support the local retailers, and support the local brands because when you support them they can support the community and then we all win.


We have a special Christmas Party event happening December 13th at the Commons Café, If you are an avid writer of blogs or otherwise, check out the Blog Meet that is happening 3-5pm or come to The Commons Café from 5pm for a Murray’s Craft Beer tasting and some live music. Tickets are just $10 and cover the costs of room hire, CRAFTernoon activities and make sure that the event will be top notch!


Lastly, we are having a bit of a break for January, but in true Mirage style we are going to be releasing a special SUPER Limited Calendar for 2015 just for our subscribers. So if you are reading this and already saying to yourself “I want a 2015 Newcastle Mirage Calendar!” well then you better jump on the Internet and purchase a subscription! My personal recommendation is the 12 month version.

Thanks for all your support this year, have a wonderful holiday period!





School Holidays By Alex Morris

We could splash the baths, swim and build castles. My vote's eat ice cream; watch ships.

Newcastle has lots of blogging going on... by Kian West


You may have spotted out post on Facebook a little while ago asking Who has a Blog & Who would be keen to attend a Blog Meet. Well it was pretty astounding the level of feedback we achieved and has taken us a bit of time to check out so many amazing blogs that were posted onto the conversation thread. We thought we had a duty to share all of those links with you... so in no particular order here are all of them:

The Rebel Rabbit

Victory Gardens

Morris Bear

A Wonderful Life

Balance in Wonderland

Poppy Bevan


Funktacular Fotography

Never Ending Bookshelf

Cupcakes Yummy Things

The Naughty Corner of Social niceties

Melisa H May

Chris Does It

Linda Swinfield

Sunday Girl, In Newie

My Ideas Man

The Daft Knight

A Little Bit Crinkled

The Little Lioness

Peachy Keen Muma

Beautifully Organised

Enfants Prudente

Polka Dots & Frocks

I Heart Tuesdays

Meadowlake Street

Money Perry

My Home Truths

Smarter Happier

Reading Upside Down

For This Way

(if you aren't on this list and want to be added shoot us an email:

We are pretty certain this is just the beginning of a list and there are so many other places to find local creative talent in Newcastle such as the Newcastle Writes page that have a kick-arse list of Blogs and inspiring local websites to visit!

A Date has been Selected for a Blog meet and will also form the basis for the Newcastle Mirage Christmas Shindig! on December 13th at The Commons Cafe on Beaumont St. with a kick-off around 3pm for afternoon tea, networking games and some crafternooning before some music and a couple of beverages. Fun huh?

Tickets will be available soon at a small cost.







Just Another Tuesday 260814 #Blogtribe by Kian West

For those of you playing at home, I write the "Intro" section every month for Newcastle Mirage and have always tried to emulate the Editor sections of other magazines I really enjoy. An inspiring piece that also somehow connects with the articles inside. A sort of cohesive glue to the rest of the zine... Inside the August Intro I mentioned I'd write every week for the month and if people liked it I'd continue. Well, I failed.

I failed miserably and didn't write all month. In my defence, after I wrote that I realised I hadn't really planned any further than that. It seems simple enough at face value, write something every week. But What? And When? So it has taken me a month to work out the When part and oddly enough that seemed more important than the What because without consistency it really doesn't matter what it is about. So in light of all this, inspiration grabbed me this week. I have been following The Blog Society for a few months now and trying to get a feel for what other Bloggers are writing about. Most are women that I could find, a lot are themed around cooking, fashion, decorating or craft, entertaining children and similar. But that doesn't help me. We write a monthly Art & Culture Zine that is focused on the WHO of Newcastle...

But then, you suddenly think, maybe people want to hear what is going on behind the scenes? Every week we meet with people as the project of Mirage develops, contacts are formed and events are happening and so I am really asking...

Does this sound interesting?


  1. Like for instance, I met with Jon from the Hunter Business Chamber last week about becoming a member and also to start gaining some business insight, maybe a mentor, to help assist the growth of us as well as myself.... Would you like to hear about that?
  2. I also visited a Poetry Slam. I've never visited a Slam before and was completely blown away... What about that?
  3. At the same time I've had Ryan on the case to develop layers of our logo and cutting out a stencil for some limited Edition Tote Bags... Would you enjoy hearing/seeing this project?

So, I'm asking you to pick 1, 2 or 3 and I'll elaborate on this before the weekend... But in future I'm planning to write something for every Tuesday and if I don't get any feedback I'll just keep on writing random stories... it is much more fun together though.



Ground Floor - Novocastrians Who Brunch by Kian West

Ahhhh Ground Floor coffee. If you see a lot of cyclists at a coffee place you know the coffee is going to be good! Ground floor never disappoints with coffee. I must admit I am a bit of a frequent at Ground floor their coffee and they haven't disappointed yet! Always smooth and nice and strong perfect perk me up, especially if it's with a little sweet something something on the side. Double trouble with two cappuccinos for Dutchy and myself. Our coffee rating 9/10.

Read More