Cube 37 Writers’ Symposium

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I’m looking forward to participating in the Cube 37 Writers’ Symposium in Frankston on Saturday morning. Organised by local writer Garth Madsen, the symposium is intended to raise awareness and create interest in establishing an ongoing literary program at Cube 37 in Frankston for 2008-10. I’m giving a brief keynote address, focusing on the need for this kind of program on the Mornington Peninsula, particularly for students and young people with limited transport access.

Full details from the flyer are below:

Cube 37 Writers’ Symposium
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, 28th. July, 2007
37 Davey St, Frankston

Are you interested in the literary arts or writing in general? You are invited to come and discuss writing in the Frankston district. Bring your ideas and listen to those of others.  Included on the morning’s agenda are plans for a series of workshops and discussion forums to be held at Cube 37 in 2007 and 2008 for local writers.  The symposium takes place during the morning before the afternoon’s Frankston Poetry Spectacular at Cube 37.

Keynote speakers will include Steve Grimwade (VWC), Owen Quayle (FAW) and Warrick Wynne (PAF). The convenor will be Garth Madsen.

Warrick Wynne is a widely published poet and teacher who has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for thirty years. His writing focuses often on the Peninsula landscapes, particularly the rivers, streams and bays. He is the author of several resource books for senior English students and three books of poetry, the most recent being The State of the Rivers and Streams (Five Islands Press). His website is at

Steve Grimwade is an editor, broadcaster and writer who loves the independent press and the spoken word. He was the Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival for both 2006 and 2007, Program Manager at the Victorian Writers’ Centre for five years and has edited and proofread books for a range of publishers. Steve co-hosts 3RRR’s books/writing/spoken word show Aural Text and co-edits the lit-mag Going Down Swinging.

Owen Quayle is the president of the Mornington Peninsula Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Owen joined FAW twelve years ago and was surprised to find that the branch was made up of mainly women. In a moment of weakness, he accepted the position of president and has been either leading or following this gallant band of writers ever since. He’s not complaining.

Garth Madsen is the man who put the angst back into Frankston. He has been the self-appointed poet laureate for the city since he arrived here in 1994. Garth has published over 200 poems, 100 stories and won more than 50 literary competitions. He is editor-in-chief for the Union series of chapbooks and has co-edited anthologies on grief and Aussie Rules football. His collection Portraits of Rust was published in 2003 by Five Islands Press.

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