Writing On Our Calendar / August


Another day, another full calendar of literary panels, events, launches and clubs! There’s something here for everyone, and you don’t even have to slip out of your jim-jams to attend.


July 24–August 9: The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online presents a socially distanced program of poetry/poets, including Thabani Tshuma, Alison Whittaker, Tariro Mavondo, Emilie Zoey Baker, Andy Jackson, Scott Wings, Melizarani T. Selva (Malaysia) and Melanie Mununggurr-Williams. Visit their website for more information.

Monday 3 August: Author and literary ambassador Ursula Dubosarsky chats with two of her teen readers about her formative experiences as a reader and writer in this Wheeler Centre event. Tune in via their website from 3:00pm.

Monday 3 August: Join Cass Moriarty in conversation with Ramona Koval, Kate Holden and Writing NSW tutor Lee Kofman discussing Split; True stories of leaving, loss and new beginnings, from 7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 5 August: Join John Wood, in conversation with James Valentine, about his recently released memoir How I Clawed My Way to the Middle. More information available on Gleebooks’ website.

Wednesday 5 August: Join Suzanne Leal in conversation with Greg Woodland for the launch of his debut crime-thriller The Night Whistler. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 6 August: Join Cass Moriarty in conversation with our very own Ashley Kalagian Blunt discussing her recently released memoir How to Be Australian, from 6:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 7 August: Our First Friday Club this month features Kirsten Krauth, novelist, editor and convenor of the popular Facebook group Writers Go Forth in conversation with Program Manager Julia Tsalis. Join us on Zoom from 12:30pm. Entry is free but RSVPS are essential, book here.

7–16 August: Melbourne Writers’ Festival launches a stellar digital program this year, featuring luminaries such as Evelyn Araluen, Claire G Coleman, Julia Gillard and Kevin Kwan. Tickets are sold on a pay-as-you-can basis. Don’t miss the MWF Gala with Jess Hill, Michelle Law, Leah Jing McIntosh, Favel Parrett, Ellen van Neerven and Alison Whittaker on Wednesday 12 August.

Saturday 8 August: Join Krissy Kneen in conversation with Kate Elizabeth Russell discussing her debut novel My Dark Vanessa, from 10:00am. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Monday 10 August: Join Mikey Robins for the launch of Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour, from 4:00pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Tuesday 11 August: Join Emily J. Brooks for the launch of The First Move: Break the dating rules to find a bigger love and better life, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 12 August: Join Chloe Hooper in conversation with Andrew Boe discussing The Truth Hurts, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 13 August: Join the Australian Book Review in their Zoom announcement of the winner of the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, worth a total of $12,500. Visit ABR’s website for further details.

Thursday 13 August: Join Charlotte Wood in conversation with Laura Dalrymple & Grant Hilliard’s about their recipe and handbook about better, more ethical ways to buy, cook & eat meat, The Ethical Omnivore. More information available on Better Read Than Dead’s website.

Thursday 13 August: Join Griffith Review editor, Ashley Hay for a discussion on Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Saturday 15 August: Join Genevieve Kruyssen in conversation with Neal Shusterman for the Australian launch of his his young adult novel Challenger Deep, from 10:00am. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Monday 17 August: Join Gabriel Bergmoser in conversation with a special guest about this recently released thriller The Hunted. More information available on Better Read Than Dead’s website.

Monday 17 August: Join Carol Schwartz in conversation with Damon Kitney discussing The Inner Sanctum: Secrets of Australia’s Most Private Leaders, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Tuesday 18 August: Join Fiona Stager in conversation with Kathleen Jennings for the launch of her debut novel Flyaway, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 19 August: Join Paddy Manning for the launch of Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 20 August: In a special event as part of the MIFF 68½ Talks program, the Wheeler Centre marks the thirtieth anniversary of Death in Brunswick with a digital reading of the film script. Tune in via their website from 7:00pm.

Thursday 20 August: Join Jaya Savige for the launch of his poetry anthology Change Machine, from 7:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 21 August: Join Tyson Yunkaporta for the launch of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, which covers everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schrödinger’s cat, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Monday 24 August: Join Jenna Guillaume for the launch of her new YA rom-com novel You Were Made For Me. More information available on Better Read Than Dead’s website.

Tuesday 25 August: Join Kieran Finnane for the launch of Peace Crimes, from 6:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 26 August: Join Krissy Kneen in conversation with Richard Fidler discussing The Golden Maze: A biography of Prague, from 6:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 27 August: Join Charlotte McConaghy in conversation with James Bradley about her newly released novel The Last Migration. More information available on Better Read Than Dead’s website.

Thursday 27 August: Join Krissy Kneen in conversation with S. J. Watson discussing his new thriller Final Cut, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 28 August: Join S.J. Watson in conversation with Anna Downes about his new psychological thriller Final Cut. More information available on Better Read Than Dead’s website.

Friday 28 August: Join Kristina Olsson in conversation with Betty O’Neill discussing her memoir The Other Side of Absence: Discovering my father’s secrets, from 6:30pm. More information on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 28 August: Join Alana Mitchell, in conversation with Sophie Scott, about her memoir Being Brave. More information available on Gleebooks’ website.

Monday 31 August: Join Avid Reader’s Cass Moriarty and Krissy Kneen with special guest, for what is a regular literary catch up where they discuss issues affecting writers and readers in Australia today. This episode is all about showcasing the ‘Brisbane Literary Mafia’, the supportive and collegial bunch of writers who meet regularly at Avid Reader. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Monday 31 August: Join Ellie Marney to launch her young adult thriller None Shall Sleep, from 6:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

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