Workshops and Opportunities for Young Writers in August at Express Media

The weather is slowly starting to heat up here in Melbourne, and so are the workshops and opportunities on offer for young writers in August! Winter Workshops

1. Taking Care of Business: Thursday August 11, 6.30-8.00pm the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Express Media Program Manager and freelance editor Lefa Singleton Norton talks about how to keep work (and money) rolling in as a freelancer, including billing, diversifying your writing, chasing debts, finding new work and taking on corporate clients. Cost: $20. Click here or go to to book now.

2. Performing poetry: Tuesday August 16, 6.00-7.30pm the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Don’t leave your poems lingering on the page, come learn how to bring them to life in a supportive environment! Poet and award winning spoken word performer Emilie Zoey Baker talks performance poetry. Cost: $20. Click here or go to to book now.

3. Social Activism & Political Writing: Thursday August 18, 6.30-8.00pm the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Are you a politics nerd? Have a passion for social activism? Join former Australian Greens media advisor and current online campaign coordinator at Oxfam, Tim Norton, as he discusses what makes compelling copy when writing about politics and online social activism. Cost: $20. Click here or go to to book now.

4. Getting Published: Thursday August 25, 6.30-8.00pm the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. (FILLING FAST) Is there a secret to getting your work published? Is it who you know, or how good your writing is that will get that magic byline? Join Express Media Program Manager Lefa Singleton Norton and Voiceworks editor Johannes Jakob to learn how to approach editors, build strong working relationships and network (in the best possible way). Cost: $20. Click here or go to to book now.

5. Big Splash: Art-Attack: Writing About Film, Theatre, Television, Dance, Books and all those Artistic Endeavours: Saturday September 10, 10.30am-4.30pm the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Arts season is upon us here in Melbourne, and it’s all fodder for your creative genius. Want to reflect on theatre? How about assessing dance? Do you know what makes a good review, or how to turn a good review into a stunning cultural critique? Is there more to rock journalism than loud music and loud opinions? Join our team of expert arts writers as they part the curtains and reveal the inner workings of arts journalism. Featuring presentations and workshops from Arts Hub Editor Richard Watts and freelance reviewer and The Signal Express Coordinator John Bailey. Cost: $40.  go to


On the Critical list for this week

Winter Chill got You Down?

Come warm your ears, stir your soul and stimulate your heart at the Warm Words in Winter poetry reading and music evening. 

Join performance poet Andrea Louise Thomas (Mornington Peninsula Library’s Cafe Poet in residence) and well-known Peninsula singer-songwriter Paul Dillon in a celebration of spoken word and song exploring the spectrum of human emotion.

Enjoy delightful delicacies, delicious desserts and warm drinks.  Come join us for an intimate and creative evening.

Where: Aum Shanti Cafe, 439 Nepean Highway/Wells Street Frankston

When: Friday August 19

Enquiries & Bookings: 9783 2899

Cost: $15


Unknown sitter by Rachel Peters

Oak Hill Gallery ‘s Annual Portrait Exhibition,“The Little Archies” opens on Sunday Sept 4 at 2pm with a prize of $2000 up for grabs.

The exhibition runs from Sept 3-28th.

As the name suggests this is a play on words, referring to the famous Art Gallery of NSW exhibition titled The Archibald Prize.  The artists involved take this exhibition seriously indeed, often experimenting and being just as controversial in style as that “other” exhibition .

 You are cordially invited to attend the official Opening

When: Sunday September 4th, 2pm – 4pm, local band those three blokes will play their customary blues/jazz music.

Where: Oak Hill Gallery:100 Mornington- Tyabb Road, Mornington.

Oak Hill Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm

Phone 5973 4299 E mail :


“A VISUAL COLLECTIVE” is the title of Mornington’s Oak Hill Gallery August Exhibition of contemporary landscapes and abstract expressionism by 4 local artists.

Philip Mead’s abstract works employ strong line and colour with an interplay of planes of colour emphasizing composition.

Susanna Sandler – Mead sees her paintings of the bird world and her “mask series” as stories in intricate detail  

Hayden Jarrett, also an environmental sculptor,  says his desert themed gouaches and oils are like a visual reference to a music score as the trees of the landscape seem to play across the landscape like notes on a page.

Hand worked kiln formed glass work by Marlene Kasper takes many forms, geometric and organic shapes, emphasizing colour and texture.


When: July 30 – August 24

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington- Tyabb Road , Mornington.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm

Phone 5973 4299 E mail :



The Hip Cat Circus is a programme of circus arts, which teaches circus skills in a positive learning environment led by professional trainers.Recently the Hip Cat Circus received a grant from the Besen Family Foundation to create Production Construction. This is a project that brings together young people aged 8-25 years to produce a circus performance from scratch. We have the performers, the venue, and the Facilitator/Director. Now we are looking for young musicians, theatre operators/designers, costume and make-up designers, and backstage crew. Our weird and wonderful circus performers need your creative minds!
Where: Frankston Art Centre Cube 37

Rehearsals: Vary according to your interest, but are every Saturday 10am-12.30pm
Performance: October 5 & 6 @ 2pm, October 7 @ 8pm

For more information please contact Amber by August 11 with your name, age, and area of interest. 03 9784 1896


Sharron Okines - 'After Lautrec' fineliner pen

Untutored drawing sessions with our fabulous Burlesque Models – All Welcome

When: Second Tuesday of the Month – 09 August

Time: 5.00-7.00 pm – please be on time

Cost: $15 on the door – numbers limited, first there best seat!

Where: B’artiste – Ross Smith Lane, Frankston

Bring: Sketchbook, pencils, Fineliners etc – please no charcoal or soft pastels (we don’t want to ruin the Velvet Lounges!)

Bookings: Sharron – 0422 510 653,



Author Leslie Cannold will be in Mornington to speak about her latest book The Book of Rachael.

When: Thursday August 18th 6-8pm

Where: MBANTUA Fine Art Gallery, 161 Main Street Mornington.

 Bookings: This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Contact: Farrell’s Bookshop (59755034) or MBANTUA (59736651). 

Local author, Garry Disher will be signing copies of his most recent crime novel, Whispering Death which is set on the Peninsula.   

When: Saturday August 20th ,10.30~11.30:

Where: Farrell’s Bookshop, 143 Main Street | Mornington | Victoria

Contact: Farrell’s Bookshop (59755034)

Terry Denton & Andy Griffiths will be signing copies of their new book (not yet released) Thirteen Storey Treehouse.

 When: Saturday September10th 10.30~12 noon

Where: Farrells Bookshop, 143 Main Street | Mornington | Victoria | 3931

Contact:Farrell’s Bookshop (59755034)  or email:

Refer to further details.


Where:  Balnarring Hall, Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring

When: September 21 6.30pm – 8pm (Peninsula SongRiders Club Muso Night to follow)

RSVP: Emma on 5950 1865 or email

Cost: Donation





The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites applications from non-profit community organisations for grants to assist with projects which benefit the Mornington Peninsula community. The average grant has been $1500 but can be as low as $200-300, while the maximum sought is up to $5000.  The Community Grant Scheme is made available each year aimed to help small groups by providing seeding funding to be able to get new projects off the ground.

From 2011/12 the Community Grant Scheme will introduce an Arts and Cultural funding stream within the existing Scheme. Community groups interested in initiating arts and cultural activities and programs with public outcomes are invited to apply for seeding funding.  Priority will be given to projects which focus on strengthening local involvement and reflect the objectives of the Shires Corporate Plan and or Health and Wellbeing Plan to provide a more caring and supportive Peninsula community.

The scheme is available to local voluntary non-profit groups but is not for major capital projects.

To obtain an information kit, including an application form, please phone Chris Hawke on 5950 1650 or Council’s web site at

A Community Grant Information Session will be held on Wednesday 17th August, at the Shire’s Rosebud Office, Besgrove St, Rosebud, 6.30 -8.30 pm.  RSVP by 16 th August 2011 to Chris Hawke on 5950 165 

Applications must be made on the appropriate form and received by Council by close of business on Monday 19th September 2011. Send applications to:- Ms Chris Hawke Mornington Peninsula Shire Management Support Officer, Child Youth & Family Care Private Bag 1000 Rosebud 3939



Hung Drawn & Quilted is a collection of quilts by local Peninsula Women; Cathy Underhill and Andrea Ebsworth.

They will hang in the Mornington Library Temporary Exhibition Space from August to October and will form part of the Peninsula Festival of Arts & Ideas ‘arts alive 2011’ program. 

If you would like to display your quilt in the space contact  or ring Andrea Ebsworth 0438 051 092


The Youngest Cameleer: Young adult historical fiction about the finding of Uluru in 1873. This is Goldie’s 5th historical fiction for young adults.










Space Footy and other Stories: 10 stories for older children all about boys.  It is the companion to My Horrible Cousins and Other Stories which features girls.

 The Grevillea Murder Mystery Trilogy: adult fiction. Now available both as hardcopy and as eBooks singly or as a trilogy.

All these books have been published between 2010 and 2011 and can be purchased from Goldie’s website

Goldie has also produced a ‘Mentoring Your Memoir’ text; a how-to and a personal memoir all in one which have been used to run very successful workshops. 

Goldie also has a new blog feature to her website:  and can be contacted by phone on 0413 408 468 / 03 59898588