City of Sydney The Rocks Xmas party – a great opportunity for writers and artists to show off their creative talents to the local community
Held at the KGV Recreation Centre in Cumberland St The Rocks, the event featured live music, art, a jumping castle and even Santa Claus! What a mix!
Here are a couple of the contributions made by writers with Sydney School of Arts & Humanities, from Argyle Place: Lisa Creffield, Julie Dawson, Jennifer Neil, Peter Stankovic, Carolyn Thrum. Chris Winter and Jayson Waters offered their services as readers for writers Ferdinando Manzo and Syam Sudhakar who were not able to read on the day.
The gift of giving by Julie Dawson
Simon looks at the gift card in front of him and gives his mum a hateful glare. A goat! She has joined one of those stupid charity things and bought him a gift card for a goat, for some godforsaken family in a village somewhere.
He’s seriously pissed off. He sneers. He’s glad now that he picked up those tacky earrings from Vinnies.
‘Don’t you think it’s a great idea, darling?’ Jane smiles. ‘It’s a way of making Christmas, Christmas again. After all, Christmas should be all about giving but it’s become such a selfish wasteful time. We seem to spend all our time and money buying stuff that people don’t want.’
‘Well, you’ve succeeded there then, Mum,’ he says, slamming the door behind him. He fumes. Why should he go without something just because SHE has decided to tune into the “do gooder” side of her personality?
Back in the lounge room, Jane looks at the piles of wrapping paper, the electronic gadgets, the chocolates and bottles of wine. The flashing Christmas tree lights seem to mock her.
She picks up the beautiful handcrafted earrings and thinks of the person who carefully made them and her heart melts towards her selfish, wayward son. He can’t be all bad, she thinks, if he thought to give her such a beautiful gift.
The gift of giving by Carolyn Thrum
When I was a child I received two presents a year, one for my birthday and one for Christmas. One year my father painted a second-hand bike pink and put it under the Christmas tree for me. I was thrilled.
As my grandchildren all have their birthdays in December and have more toys than they can ever play with, I have decided to give them the gift of giving this Christmas.
A Youtube clip that ended up in my inbox last week showed a group of Sudanese boys each unwrapping a gift box at their school. Inside were pencils, coloured paper, a rubber ball and other small things. The delight and joy on their faces and their wide open smiles said it all. They rushed about showing each other, comparing gifts and whooping with excitement. The caption read, ‘Show your children this when they don’t like their Christmas presents’.
So this year members of my family will receive a goat to help an African family.
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