Café Canvas

Arts Centre Cafe by Daniela Selir
I have previously written about the Fremantle Arts Centre (as well as in the short story Still on Patrol), and the recent City of Rockingham Short Fiction Competition presented another opportunity.

The entry conditions specified that all entries were to be inspired by Arts Centre Café, Daniela Selir’s evocative and enigmatic painting of the Café Canvas courtyard. In order to assist those OOTA (Out of the Asylum) Writers interested in submitting entries, our prose tutor, Helen Hagemann, conducted a workshop on ekphrastic writing (descriptive of an art work) followed up by tutorials in which we were able to offer our early drafts for peer critiquing.

The success of this may be judged by the fact that in the Over 50s category, three out for the four awards were made to OOTA members.

My own entry, Café Canvas, was adjudged good enough to merit second place, the judge complimenting the story as a:

beautifully written … take on the history of the building which now houses the Fremantle Arts Centre Café. It looks at the uses the building has been put through in more than a century, as well as the land’s deeper past, and its different moods in all seasons.

It is always pleasing to have one’s efforts recognised, and I am grateful to the City Of Rockingham, Helen Hagemann and our workshop members who have helped me improve my writing.

The full list of winners may be found here.

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  1. Congratulations Richard. I love your writing. Congratulations to the OOTA team xxx

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  2. Congratulations Richard. I love your writing. Congratulations to the OOTA team xxx

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