On March 7th 2015 the aptly-named A Novel Event, saw 201 ladies from across Western Australia descend on Kulin for a unique and glamorous evening of laughs and literature. Guests travelled from places as far as Geraldton, Albany, Esperance, Dowerin, Perth and everywhere in between. We are so thrilled to report that our event was once again a terrific success. Without the tremendous support from our sponsors, it would not have been possible.
The idea of creating a special and unique ladies event in Kulin was born out of a desire to celebrate the contribution which women, particularly in regional and rural areas make to their communities. An evening which incorporated fabulous WA literature, came to fruition in March 2014 when we hosted our inaugural A Novel Event. Swapping Bush Races for books, our committee's aim was to bring ladies from across WA to Kulin for an evening of laughs and literature. The response following the 2014 event was overwhelming and very heartening. Before we knew it, our little voluntary committee was planning our second A Novel Event for 2015. In late October, after only 7 days of being on sale, all 201 available tickets to the 2015 event had completely sold out!
The anticipation for the event then began late in 2014, when beautifully wrapped packages began to arrive in the mailboxes of lucky ticket holders. The packages contained three books by well-known Western Australian writers and were the forerunner to the event. The books included Ros Thomas‟ Was it Something I Said?, Let Her Go by Dawn Barker and David Whish-Wilson‟s Zero at the Bone.
A Novel Event 2015 was thrilled to welcome three amazing WA authors.
Dawn Barker: Dawn is a child psychiatrist and author. In 2010, Dawn’s first novel, Fractured, was selected for the Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre’s manuscript development competition and it was published in 2013. It was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles, and was shortlisted for 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Her second novel, Let Her Go, was published in July 2014. Dawn has also published non-fiction articles/features on parenting and psychiatry for various magazines and websites, and has spoken on writing, mental health and parenting at conferences, writers festivals, television and radio. Dawn lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and three young children.
David Whish-Wilson: David was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He has worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig. During this time he began to publish short stories in Australia and had a longer piece short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award. David has taught in the prison system in both WA and Fiji, where he started the country’s first prisoner writing program, which now operates in all Fijian prisons. He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.
Ros Thomas: Ros is a familiar face in Australia, having worked as a journalist for 25 years, 17 of them in television. Ros writes a weekly column in West Weekend magazine, with a readership of 850,000. Her column is about accessible everyday topics of memory, family, working mums, nostalgia, and humor. Was It Something I Said? Misadventures in Suburbia - a collection of writings by Ros Thomas - is for anyone who has grown up, fallen in love, failed, persevered, and is still looking for the meaning of modern life. Startlingly funny, revealing, and profoundly genuine, this book will have you laughing, reminiscing, and nodding in recognition.
Gold Sponsors: Emerald Grain, Kulin Community Bank and CBH Group
Silver Sponsors: Roof & Wall Doctor, Consult Ag (Cropportunity Pty Ltd), Western Areas Ltd, Koro Fine Australian Jewellery
Bronze Sponsors: Fiona Palmer, WFI, McPest, Yvonne Bowey Consultanting, RAC, Kulin IGA
Please show your appreciation by supporting the sponsors who have supported A Novel Event 2015.
Click on the links below to download recent media coverage on A Novel Event 2014.
Freebairn Recreation Centre Employment Opportunity
The Freebairn Recreation Centre is seeking capable and enthusiastic staff to undertake the following positions associated with running the bar and function components of the FRC. These include:
Primary duties include hospitality responsibilities, bar service, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the bar facilities in the centre’s function areas. Hours for each position are negotiable with an ongoing requirement for at least 30 hours per week across an individual role with another 30-50 hours across casual roles dependent upon facility bookings.
Applicants must possess RSA certification and ideally have experience within the hospitality industry. On the job training will be provided.
This is a multi-faceted role and we are seeking applicants who have the desire to become involved and be a key-player in the operations of the FRC. Weekend work will form a significant component of the role.
The position is available on an ongoing basis with a starting date to be negotiated.
For further information and to apply, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to apply for this role please forward a covering letter outlining experiences and motivation for your application as well as a copy of your current Resume to:
Freebairn Recreation Centre Manager - email@example.com
PO Box 125
Kulin WA 6365
Applications close Wednesday April 7, 2021.
* Please note, there are other opportunities for cleaning and maintenance of the wider FRC amenities. Please contact the Centre Manager via email to discuss if you are available for casual hours.