Writing On Our Calendar / August 2021


Fill your August with these wonderful writing events. There’s a mix of online and in-person events including Poetry Month, an author talk with Briony Benjamin at Gertrude & Alice, a digital Q&A with Larissa Behrendt and more!


1 – 31 August: Poetry Month
Discover what’s on this Poetry Month. From Red Room Poetry initiatives and collaborations, to a range of community events and workshops across the country, there’s something for everyone this August. Check it out here.

6 – 7 August: Sport for Jove’s 100-minute Macbeth
Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed Macbeth is an ecstatic vision of what love and ambition can do to people, of ghosts, shadows and the terrors of the imagination. A must-see for students of the play or young people being introduced to Shakespeare for the first time. Book tickets here.

8 August: Live Stream: After Story Q&A with Larissa Behrendt
When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother, Della, on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past. Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between. We can be ready to listen, but are we ready to hear? See the details of the digital event here.

10 August: Family History Month: Author Talk Betty O’Neill – The Other Side of Absence
Betty O’Neill grew up knowing very little about her father Antoni. She knew that he had fled Poland after WWII, that he had disappeared one night when she was a baby, and that his brief reappearance when she was a young adult had been harrowing and painful.

Fifty-five years after he deserted her family, Betty becomes determined to solve the mystery of her absent father and discover exactly who Antoni Jagielski was. Register for the free talk here.

12 August: An Evening With Briony Benjamin
Join Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore for An Evening with the author Briony Benjamin, hosted by Lucy Pearson. This author event will discuss Briony’s new book Life Is Tough (But So Are You)! Book tickets here.

21 August: Writers Unleashed: Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival
Featuring a fantastic range of local authors and presenters from Sydney and the Illawarra, the festival has transitioned to a digital event. Online manuscript consultations are also back with major editors. Find more details and book your tickets here.

21 August: Virtual Talk: Kate Kelly biography with Rebecca Wilson
Join Rebecca Wilson online via Zoom as she discusses the inspiration behind her new book Kate Kelly: The True Story of Ned Kelly’s Little Sister, her writing process and the extensive research she has undertaken into local stories and historic records to craft Kate Kelly’s fascinating biography. Find out more and register to receive the Zoom link here.

21 – 27 August: CBCA Book Week 2021
Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character. Find out more here.

28 August: Self-Publishing & The Indie Author
Creating, publishing and distributing a book can be complicated, with a lot of things that must be done well in order to achieve your goal: a beautiful book that is well designed, has a great cover and that reaches the people that you want to read it! The aim of this workshop is to help writers to understand what is involved when they intend to self-publish their own books. Find out more and secure your spot in the workshop here.

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