writing

How to Volunteer at Newcastle Writers Festival by Brooke Tunbridge

The Newcastle Writers Festival is happening 6th-8th April this year, and here's your chance to get involved! The perks of volunteering at the NWF is that you'll meet like-minded people, be able to attend free sessions, and get a free NWF t-shirt, all while giving your time to better the community of Newcastle.

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Meet: Shea Evans, by Keegan by Newcastle Discovered

Shea Evans, a twenty-year-old Newcastle local, has sent in a satirical story on the origin of writing as invented by a Cro-Magnon man, who’s surrounded by a tribe that just doesn’t see his vision. Shea has lived in Newcastle for much of his life, leaving only briefly to travel Australia, Ireland and Vietnam and undertake a nine-month escapade with a travelling circus. He has been writing stories since age five.

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in Conversation with Laura Kebby, by Ryan by Ryan Williams

Laura Kebby has been writing for Mirage furiously. I can’t keep up. It’s like crack cocaine for her (she really likes it). Now, after a significant upgrade in publications, publishing pieces online for the likes of Tone Deaf, Music Feeds, and Pedestrian TV, Kian and I think Kebby might be getting ideas. I met with Laura at the Hamo for a nice chat to make sure she wasn’t going anywhere. 

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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.

 

KW