Artbomb – Oatley Writers’ Group

Artbomb is not your average exhibition.  Artbomb: connect + create brings together local artists, our local community and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in a slow release explosion of creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with artists, as they work within our space. Come in and reconnect.

On Tuesday 14 July 2020 between 9.30am – 12.30pm, visitors will be able to chat and interact with members of the Oatley Writers’ Group in the gallery space at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. We were able to ask member, Alessandra, a few questions in regard to her writing practices.


Oatley Writers’ Group 2019 anthology, Kaleidoscope.

Can you give us an insight into your writing process or members of the Oatley Writers’ Group? Is your work pre-planned or created intuitively? How long does each written piece take to complete?

At our meetings of Oatley Writers’ Group we complete a piece of writing each month, often inspired by three words. At each meeting we also set aside a short period of time to write on a theme such as the bushfires, and then read back to the group. We also produce an anthology each year, and the stories we write may take several days to write.


From Oatley Writers’ Group 2019 anthology, Kaleidoscope.

Can you explain your technique as a writer and what topics/ subjects you explore through your writing?

My technique as a writer is to have an idea that inspires me. Sometimes words can be evocative, whether it be a colour such as green, or a smell such as smoke. I aim to get the words down on the page as quickly as possible and polish the grammar and spelling later. The subjects our group explores are quite diverse from dystopian fiction to science fiction. One very memorable story that made everyone laugh was about a beauty contest by a group of aliens. Another very prescient story in our last anthology was about a virus causing illness and death in Oatley.

Do you keep some kind of diary for inspiration? Or a collection of images, written pieces, etc for inspiration?

In the past I have kept a diary, usually when I am travelling so I can recall the places I have visited. This was very useful recently when I wrote about a journey across Asia that I undertook back in 1978.

Who are your members favourite authors/ writers/ poets? Who do you draw inspiration from?

Personally I love crime fiction and particularly enjoy the Inspector Lynley mysteries written by Elizabeth George. She details her characters wonderfully and it is always an enjoyable journey reading one of these books. I find it is useful to read widely, especially as I am writing a children’s novel, and have read Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, an imaginative journey through a magical world. Our group has travelled widely, or have migrated from other countries and this has provided inspiration for many members of OWG.

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Artbomb will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 9 June – 26 July 2020.

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