Poetry at the Pub Upcoming

Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm.  All meetings include an open reading bracket.  Gold coin donation requested.


October 15 – Anna Forsyth

Anna Forsyth is a writer and editor from NZ, currently working as an itinerant event producer travelling around Australia. She is the founder of Girls on Key, a feminist poetry organisation hosting poetry readings around Australia. Her short stories, articles and poems have appeared in numerous publications online and in print and her latest collection of poems, Beatific Toast was released in May 2018 by the Girls on Key publishing imprint, General Chaos Press. In her spare time, she moonlights as indie musician, Grace Pageant.

Upcoming program

October 29 – Andy Jackson – 5th Monday sponsored by the Wicko

Andy Jackson has featured as a poet and a performer at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and Australia, including the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival with Each Map of Scars, a collaboration with Rachael Guy and Leonie Van Eyk. Andy’s poems have been selected for five of the last six annual editions of The Best Australian Poems. His most recent collection, Music our bodies can’t hold (2017), consists of portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome, and was recently featured on ABC Radio National’s Earshot. He has worked in call-centres, libraries, and as a creative writing tutor, and is currently undertaking a PhD in poetry and bodily otherness through the University of Adelaide.

November 19 – Launch of PATP annual anthology

December 17 – Christmas Party

Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.


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WWLT presents “Season’s Greetings”


Woy Woy Little Theatre’s last play this year is the hilarious “Season’s Greetings” by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Fran Kendall and with a lot of experienced and some new actors.

Opening night is Friday 19th October and it runs for 10 performances only.

Ticket Prices are $30 Adult and $25 Senior/Concession.
Times are Friday and Saturday night 8pm, Saturday and Sunday Matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are selling fast so if you haven’t booked yet you can do that online here.

Or leave a message on 4344 4737.

Information and image courtesy of
Graham Vale
Woy Woy Little Theatre Box Office

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I was very sorry to miss out on this year’s FLASH festival. This is a great annual highlight of the Central Coast theatrical season, and this year was the first time I wasn’t able to attend. Nevertheless, I extend my congratulations to the award winners and to hosts, Woy Woy Little Theatre, with the hope that the festival will continue to go from strength to strength.

Here is a list of the award winners. For more information and photos, please visit http://www.woywoylt.com/flash-festival-2018-awards/

Best Production

The Final Interview by Ethan Dale

Director: Steve Pembroke

Cast: Christine Vale, Jake Roser

Best Production – 2nd

Game Changer by Sally Davies

Director: Rowan Cowley

Cast: Greg Buist, Rohan Smith

Best Production – 3rd

Forgive Me Father by Andrew Thomson

Director: Annie Bilton

Cast: Paul Russell, Stephen Pearson

Judges’ Special Award

(The team of) Spare Change by Graham Vale

Director: Cassandra White

Cast: Kellie Martin, Clayton Williamson

Best Unpublished Script

The Final Interview by Ethan Dale

pictured with WWLT president Christine Vale and FLASH Convenor Fran Armstrong

Best use of theme: CHANGE

Riding the Clutch by Sally Bartley

Director: Yuley Buist

Cast: Malindi Lovegrove, Rebecca Bright

Best Actor

Jake Roser for The Final Interview


Rohan Smith for Game Changer

Best Actress

Kellie Martin for Spare Change and Changing Times

Best Supporting Actress

Annie Bilton for Changing Times

People’s Choice Award Best Play

Spare Change by Graham Vale

Director: Cassandra White

Cast: Kellie Martin, Clayton Williamson




Information and image courtesy of WWLT publicity.

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Art in the open


Art in the Open exhibition opens on Friday the 5th October AT THE ART HOUSE WYONG

Information and image courtesy of Therese Wilkins

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Calling for entries for ‘Fab Fakes’

Calling for entries for ‘Fab Fakes’:

An art exhibition of legal forgeries!


Fab Fakes is the most anticipated of exhibitions at the Art House in Wyong. Submissions are being accepted Australia wide with prizes in the offering of $2000 for first and $1000 for the runner up. Highly commended artworks will receive prizes up to the value of $200.


The quality and standard of artworks continues to grow each year. The judging panel from Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, Peter Tassell and Robert Chapman, will be joined this year with 2017 Archibald Packer’s Prize winner Peter Smeeth who is a renowned artist and resident of the Central Coast.


Emulating the masters has long been heralded across the globe as one of the best ways to learn art, which is how the exhibition started over twenty years ago. By copying an original, artists gain knowledge in colour, style and technique – the only proviso being that the original artist has been deceased for over seventy years. All artworks will be offered for sale and according to local artist Gail Brigden “The exhibition is one of legal forgeries, so what better way to get your hands on a masterpiece at just a fraction of the price of the original?”


Fab Fakes is an initiative of Tuggerah Lakes Art Society and this year is sponsored by the Elderslee Foundation – Growing our Community.


The exhibition will be held in the Art House, Wyong, from Friday 16th to 30th  November from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 1pm to 5pm on weekends.


This exhibition coincides with Wyong Drama Group’s production of “BRASSED OFF”, showing in the theatre from 16th to 24th November, inquiries: http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au or box office. Evening viewing of the exhibition will be possible during performances of “BRASSED OFF”.

Entries for the Fab Fakes exhibition close on the 25th October, forms can be downloaded from the Fab Fakes website http://www.fabfakes.org.au.


Media spokesperson and artist for Fab Fakes Exhibition: Gail Brigden

0414 615 233, gailbrigden@hotmail.com

Dame Nellie Melba

Gail’s entry for Fab Fakes is a painting and story of DAME NELLIE MELBA (1861-1931) world famous opera singer, from Melbourne, Australia, who also happens to be Gail’s great great aunt. She also has a rare book produced and published by Dame Nellie Melba in 1915 to help the Belgium Relief Fund, as part of the 1st World War effort.  It contains colour plate illustrations of famous Australian artists and famous Australian writers of the time, all hand signed. Also appearing at the FAB FAKES exhibition will be a ‘hand signed’ poster from one of Dame Nellie Melba’s many concerts.


THE ART HOUSE – WYONG from 16th November – 30th November 2018

Entries close 12th October, 2018

Opening night and prize presentation – 16th November  6.00 pm.  $5  per person 

RSVP: Tuggerah Lakes Art Society         president@tlas.org.au


About Fab Fakes

In 1998, one of Tuggerah Lakes Art Society’s (TLAS) members, Brian Hasler, founded the FAB FAKES Art Exhibition. His idea of the best way to learn art, like many art tutors, was to emulate the ‘masters’. To copy – make a ‘forgery’, a fake of a masterpiece. This contest eventually became a tradition over the years, attracting artists from all over Australia.


Information and image courtesy of Gail Brigden Vice President- Tuggerah Lakes Art Soc -TLAS PR

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St Albans

This gallery contains 19 photos.

This month the village bus trip took us to St Albans, a pretty little hamlet just beyond Wiseman’s Ferry. We got there by way of Spencer, on the Wiseman’s Ferry Road, and back via a little known road to Bucketty … Continue reading

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This Spring, The Art House and Musicians Making a Difference present a night of poetry and spoken word by 10 local up-and-coming local performers.


The Street Poets are a group of inspiring young artists who are supported by Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD), a charity which uses the power of music, dance and mentoring to inspire young people, especially those who have suffered emotional abuse, neglect and disadvantage, to overcome their challenges, break negative cycles and make a difference within the community.


Many of the young performers, such as poet Brittany, have overcome various obstacles in order to find their talent. The 20-year-old began writing poetry in 2016 after leaving an abusive relationship. Other young performers have overcome issues like addiction, homelessness or low self-esteem in order to create a unique brand of poetry and develop the confidence to perform.


The Central Coast-based Street Poets have seen remarkable success already. Performer Imke Bester recently featured at the ‘She the Change’ rally on the Central Coast, and Andrew Cox has performed at Parliament House, the Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Sydney Town Hall.


Their poetry is raw, emotional and powerful, and the show at The Art House will be a full performance with lighting, dramatisation, music and more. These young artists are testament what can be achieved when the Central Coast youth are challenged, mentored and given the opportunity to develop.


The poets include, Andrew Cox, Samm Tracy, Imke Bester, Brittany Ramage, Roje Ndayambaje, Olivia Wolfe, Rachael Williams, Marissa Niven, Brayden Chou-lee, and Dylan Nunn. The show will also incorporate original music from talented local musicians Josh Corkill, Jeremy Mondel and Jack Berry.



The Art House and Musicians Making a Difference MMAD Presents

The Street Poets


Saturday 20 October 7.30PM

All tickets $10



02 4335 1485


Information and image courtesy of

Emily Miller |  Marketing & Box Office Manager



The Art House

+61 2 4335 1485

19 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW 2259

P.O. Box 376, Wyong NSW 2259


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