Peace Works 2015 is a community writing project calling for contributions to a national peace publication in solemn remembrance of past and present conflicts and to help build peace now and into the future.
The theme is Yearning for Peace from both the battle front and the home front perspectives during World War 1 (WW1). Peace Works 2015 intends to provide, through creative works, an alternative to dominant militaristic narratives about Australian involvement in WW1.
Submissions must address this theme. It is hoped to collect diverse perspectives on this theme and, in so doing, support current national and international efforts towards peace.
Peace Works will conduct writing workshops to inspire contemporary writers to write creative responses to memorabilia and artefacts related to WW1, with a focus on schools, seniors, libraries and church-based programs in the ACT Region.
It is intended to publish works in two formats - book and website. Contributions for both will be gathered from individual members of the public, writers' groups and participants from workshops. Publication of the book and support for workshops will be funded under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.
To facilitate the development of creative works, this website provides information for new starters on how to get creative, a list of events in which you can participate and a list of resources.
Peace Works is a voluntary project of writers in the ACT Region to foster community based activities to solemnly commemorate WW1 as a period in Australian history when great sacrifices were made to bring peace to the world. This culminated in the signing of The Armistice on 11 November 1918, a day, like ANZAC, which is indelibly inscribed in Australian history. It was a period when Australians from all creeds, ethnic backgrounds, genders and political identities, whether in the front line or on the homefronts, yearned for the return of peace at personal, social and international levels. If you want to know more, please contact us through our Contacts page.