It is not long now until the Randwick Creative Writing Group share their talents with the rest of us. On Wednesday the 30th November at 12.30pm at the Margaret Martin Library in Randwick they will launch their newest book “Moments in Time”. Featuring stories, poetry and prose, it is a collection of personal and thought provoking works. It is not unlike grabbing a magnifying glass and looking at the past from a local’s perspective.
We caught up with Fawzey Hage, one of the writers and drivers behind the publishing of the new works. Here is the short interview we conducted.
When and how did the Randwick Creative Writing group first start?
The Randwick Creative Writing group started 3 years ago when we were lucky enough to get one of the Randwick City Council’s Culture and Community Grants. We were lucky again this year to get it, back in April.
How does the group feel about the second book of published works?
The group was proud of our second book. We had printing problems but managed to get over that.
What challenges has the group faced and overcome?
Our main challenges have been to get the team to agree on a theme. Once that was behind us, the next issue was editing and typing the materials. All those that worked on the book were volunteers and it was difficult securing commitments!
Please tell us what the highlights have been for group members while working on the new book?
The one great gain I am sure we all got, was the feeling of achievement and the confidence that we can write!
Has this book changed your life in any way? If so, how?
One change was the pleasure in being creative, and sharing our creativity with others. We gained confidence in ourselves.
What do you hope will be the outcome for others when reading this wonderful new book?
Our main objective is sharing, and that means getting our readers to enjoy our pleasure in the writing.
What advice would you give to authors who are starting out?
Come and see us. Seriously, my advice is go for it and do not be scared of what other people may think; be courageous and adventurous. You will be the better for it.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We seriously hope that the Council will continue to support such community projects. Regardless of getting the Grant, the writing group intends to continue in the New Year. We may not be able to publish without a Grant, but we aim to enjoy ourselves. So, do come to the JNC and share in the fun.
The team from JNC would like to acknowledge the support from the Randwick JNC Coordinator, Josh Tierney, and also Randwick City Council for funding the project through a community grant. We hope to see many of you at this exciting event.
For more information please phone Josh or Shellie on: 9349 8200