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Once Upon A River – nature writing inspired by the Werribee River Catchment

December 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Once Upon a River is a nature writing program, exploring Wyndham’s spectacular natural spaces and diverse ecosystems. Each session visits a new place and will begin with a short nature walk, guided by a WRA representative. An experienced writer, poet and/or musician will then help to get the creative juices flowing, with a facilitated writing session, drawing on inspiration from the surrounding plants, animals and waterways.

On Saturday Dec 10, from 6-8pm we will explore where the Werribee River meets Port Phillip Bay in Werribee South. A place of great cultural and natural significance, the estuary is a RAMSAR protected area, home to many bird species including the orange-bellied parrot. This area is best enjoyed at sunset, when the splendid light of dusk illuminates the fisherman as they bring in their catch and the couples and families who flock to the beach to enjoy a sandy fish and chips.

We will begin the session with a gentle walk, exploring the wetlands and foreshore. Poet Amanda Anastasi will then guide us, providing prompts and ideas to help get get pens on paper.

No writing experience necessary. Please bring pens and paper.


Amanda is a Melbourne poet who writes primarily about the effects and impacts of climate change in relatable and accessible ways. She was the recipient of a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria and Readings Foundation to work on a series of poems set in the year 2042.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Professional Writing & Editing and Literature from Deakin University and is the author of ‘2012 and other poems’ and ‘The Inheritors’ (Black Pepper Publishing, 2021). Amanda is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and received a Special Commendation in the W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize in Australia for her poem ‘Politicians Discussing Global Warming’. She also received a commendation for ‘Upon the Extinction of Frogs’ in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize.

Amanda’s poetry has been featured in Best Australian Science Writing 2021 and 2022, as well as The Griffith Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Right Now and The Massachusetts Review. She is the convener and host of La Mama Poetica and is currently focused on using poetry to convey scientific concepts about climate change in new ways that engage people into awareness and action.




December 10, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Werribee River Association
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Graham’s Wetland, Werribee South