The Belmonster Book Launch

 

Belmonster’s Book Launch

This evening the Ruth Falkner library held ‘The Adventures of the Belmonster’s’ book launch and feast.  The launch was set up out front of the library, with donut cushions for the children to sit on and chairs for the adults.

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Pre-launch setting up

About 150 people were expected to attend, and I think it came close. The library had banners and displays up with all our monsters showcased. There were also pictures showing the collaborating writers at work.

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Apologies for the quality, these are photos taken during our 11-weeks of meetings

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My monster on the fence!

Speeches were made thanking the wonderful library staff for all their efforts in this project. Then the writers were all called on stage with the Deputy Mayor of Belmont handing out a gift bag.

Here is a lovely video of my bum as I go to collect my gift pack from the deputy mayor!

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Official Participants Photoshoot

The gift bag contained a copy of our book, a thank you letter from the mayor and a framed print of our particular monster.

Next the children had the story read to them, by Belmonster’s! (Library staff) and much singing and dancing was done. I was so pleased with how the children responded to the book. Their eyes were glued to it and they were shouting out suggestions about where the monsters might be heading in Belmont and being actively involved in the story.

The whole event went splendidly. A wonderful buffet of monster cookies/ cupcakes, sandwiches, and hot foods was provided. Children were given monster party hats to wear, adult children included!

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Mona, Tam and I

My daughter, Mona, came with me, as did Tam and Matt Banner, another local rap artist/ poet who frequents the Perth Poetry Club (PPC). We caught up with fellow PPC poet, Caroline Sambridge, who was attending with Australian bush poet, Brian Langley, ‘The City Poet’. I hadn’t met Brian before but had a very good discussion with him about bush poetry and sonnets.

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A photo of me, courtesy of Matt Banner

After a lot of autograph signing and chatting with fellow co-writers the event ended. A few people came back to my house for coffee and reflection. The whole experience of writing and doing art for a children’s book was very good. Everyone I spoke to hoped that the library would do it again next year. But for now, books will be distributed to all the local schools and a lot of Belmonster events are being planned around Belmont. So if you’re passing through, keep your eyes open… there may be a Belmonster or two wandering around.

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Back inner cover page of our book, with the writers as Monsters!

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of The Adventures of the Belmonsters at $5 each can contact the Ruth Falkner Library in Belmont on (08) 9477 7150

Belmont Poets

It was wonderful catching up with the following local poets today:

Brian Langley’s Australian Bush Poetry Web page can be found here.

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‘The City Poet’ Brian Langley, image from his web page.

Matthew Banner’s (XNTRICITY) Rap / Hip hop Youtube Videos can be found below

Banner has some catchy rhymes 🙂

Caroline Sambridge 

I don’t have any links for Caroline but her poetry books are available at the Ruth Falkner library. Her poems are funny. It was her poem that has been turned into the Belmonster’s song.

Thanks for reading,

Wendy Beach

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So Much on My Mind

The Westerly

A quick update on what has been happening here. Firstly, The Westerly did pay me for the poem that was published in September’s online magazine, The Westerly: New Creative. They also printed and bound copies of the issue for all who had been published and handed them out at the launch. I give them 100% satisfaction kudos. Everything ran smoothly and the staff were friendly. In fact, they seemed just as excited about the whole experience as we, the published, were!

Quick Update: I just received a copy of the 61.2 Westerly, which means that I also received the yearly subscription to the Westerly, which I was told I would in the initial email accepting my poem. Thank you, Westerly!

Smashwords Publications

I am using my university break to edit all my poems and stories and place them for sale on Smashwords. They are not very expensive (the price of half a cup of coffee at a cafe) and are available in many downloadable formats. If you are interested, please purchase ~ it will make my little heart flutter 😉

And thank you to those who have already purchased!

Other Publications

I have just heard that the WA Shakespeare Club will be making an Anthology of all the poems sent in for the Shakespeare 400 event last month. Looks like ‘Sonnet of a Native Girl, 1974’ will be published in that. I’m very pleased my poem  seems to have finally found its home.

Poetry Students

I have picked up my very first poetry student! Woo hoo! How exciting 🙂 It isn’t a hard task though, as he is already talented in the style of poetry he does, but he would like to learn other styles too. Nope, I am not getting paid dollars for this, and that’s fine. Instead, he is making me a sculpture for my home – awesome!!!! I love how creative people can be multi-talented in the arts 🙂

Poetry is inspiring. My friend, Tam, has started writing poems! She usually paints and does pottery etc… I am enjoying reading her poems and giving her some tips about editing. Of course, editing is up to the poet – some don’t and it comes out great. I’ve been taught to edit everything, therefore over-editing can be an issue. At the end of the day, poetry is subjective, clipped or rambling, it is how it makes the listener feel that matters.

Prizes

I didn’t mention the wonderful prizes I received at the Talus Prize. First, I was given Tracy Ryan’s poetry book called ‘the argument’. It won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. It is an excellent modern poetry book that I am thoroughly enjoying reading. Also, I was given a UWA bookshop gift card. I bought Susan Midalia’s short story collection called ‘Feet to the Stars’. I must admit, I am becoming a Midalia fan. I own all of her published anthologies.  I keep running into her at events as well. Honestly, I should get her to sign them 🙂

What I am Reading

Marcella Polain’s Edge of the World. I am not a bibliophile. I have one large bookshelf and whenever I bring new books in, I remove others and hand them on. This book, however, is one that I will be keeping. It sits beside Tim Winton’s ‘Breath’ and Brave New World. I love the lyrical language Marcella uses and the innovative writing style that she has.

Creatrix Submissions

The time to submit for the December issue is over. 90% were accepted for submission. The remaining 10% were either already published (including in Creatrix) or did not meet the Submission requirements which Creatrix follows strictly. Of the 90% sent off to the selectors, 65% were chosen to be placed into the next selection round. The quality of poems entered was excellent. The December issue should be a wonderful read. I will definitely alert everyone when it is published.

Perth Publishing Expo

I am not affiliated with this but may be attending.

Gosnells Writers Circle Writers and Self-Publishing Expo on the 26th of November 2016.

http://www.gosnellswriterscircle.webs.com/

Thanks for reading,

Wendy Beach

I am a MONSTER!

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A Belmonster!

Last night we had the pre-launch meeting for our community book writing group, The Adventures of the Belmonsters. We had the chance to check the images and read the story before it goes to the printers. It was good to see all our monsters on the page. The book launch is in a couple of weeks. It will be a soft cover 25 x 25cm book. It will be sold at the Ruth Faulkner library for $5 (heavily subsidised) and given to local schools for their classes. There are monster dolls being made and even one of Caroline’s poems has been put to music as a nursery rhyme for the children who get involved in the Belmonster activities around Belmont. All very exciting.

I was given permission by the library peoples to upload these small images 🙂 The rest is under wraps until the launch!

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And yes I missed the TAG Hungerford Award night to go to this, but that’s okay, there is always next year 🙂

Wendy