Writing On Our Calendar / December 2022 – January 2023

Fill your holiday period with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of events on our December – January calendar, including live theatre, creative workshops, author talks, and more!

1 December: Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life
The life and work of Shirley Hazzard is celebrated in a new definitive biography by Professor Brigitta Olubas. Join Brigitta at the State Library of NSW to uncover the truths and myths and about Shirley Hazzard’s life and work.

1 – 17 December: The Tempest
Richard Roxburgh returns to the Sydney Theatre Company stage to play one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles. This production is directed by STC artistic director Kip Williams.

1 December – 23 December: RBG: Of Many, One
Spanning her life from teenage years to her death in 2020, this STC production of RBG: Of Many, One brings Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fascinating life vividly to the stage. An intimate portrait of the woman who changed the face of the American legal system, performed by Heather Mitchell.

3 December: The Frontiers of Internet Fiction
A free online seminar with KYD’s Virtual Writer in Residence, Michael Kaplan, from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The interactive workshop will explore voice, tone and style, for those interested in writing fiction about the internet.

5 December: Script in Hand
Each month writers have the chance to have their scripts performed live on stage in Redfern, with professional actors, costumes, sound and lights, followed by a Q&A.

6 – 9 December: M’ap Boule
M’ap Boulé is a play with songs that tells the story of a child born of immigrants growing up in a country called Australia. It is an expression of art inspired by the Ancestors of Nancy Denis and their stories. With the help of Carl St. Jaques, Anthea Williams, Victoria Falconer, Mick Stuart and Kween G, Nancy shares part of her ongoing story of spirit, belonging and identity.

7 December: Quarterly Essay launch with Katharine Murphy
Join Roaring Stories for the launch of the Quarterly Essay issue Lone Wolf: Albanese and the New Politics, a discussion of Australia’s current government and the future direction of the nation by Guardian political editor Katharine Murphy. Katharine will be joined by journalist David Marr.

7 December: The Circular x SRB 2022 Wrap Party
The team behind The Circular and the Sydney Review of Books invites you to celebrate the end of an incredible year. Speakers include Alice Desmond, Tiffany Tsao, Eda Gunaydin, Ellen O’Brien, Geneva Valek and Iman Etri.

7 December: Access Ideas and Insights: Innovations in Creative Access
Hear from artists with disability or who are d/Deaf in a conversation about innovating accessibility for artists and audiences. A collaboration between Accessible Arts and the Art Gallery of New South Wale, the panel will feature artists Sarah Houbolt, Demon Derriere and Sue Jo Wright and Eugenie Lee.

8 December: Code Breakers: Coming to Voice
Codebreakers is collaborating with SWEATSHOP to facilitate a workshop to strengthen the power of your voice to be an agent for change. This session in Parramatta will explore themes around storytelling, identity, culture, critical thinking and using writing styles that are impactful and transformative.

13 December and 17 January: Weaving Connections
Murrawarri artist Virginia Keft invites you to spend the morning with her for a free drop-in weaving and yarning workshop in the Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Connect with others while you learn about Aboriginal weaving techniques and share a story.

15 December: How Has History Writing Changed?
History professors Grace Karskens, Nicolas Rasmussen, Anne O’Brien, Louise Edwards and Nick Doumanis will share their insights into the transformations of history-writing at UNSW, across Australia, and internationally. 

27 December – 21 January: Amadeus
Theatre, opera and classical music come together in this production that reimagines the lives of Salieri and Mozart. Starring Michael Sheen, Amadeus will run from December – January at the Sydney Opera House.

5 – 29 January: Sydney Festival
Sydney Festival is a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and the questioning mind. The festival will a free and ticketed program of theatre, music, dance, visual art and all the experimental performance across Greater Sydney.

 7 January: True Crime Walking Tour – A comedian’s guide to Sydney’s dark past
A true crime history walking tour with comedian Shayne Hunter. On this tour, you will learn about the brutalities of the convict settlement, the first Mardi Gras, bank robberies that turned into hostage situations, and other wicked secrets of Sydney. A recurring event.

14 January – 29 January: Blue, Belvoir St Theatre 
The Belvoir St Theatre presents Blue, a monologue written and performed by rising star Thomas Weatherall.

26 January – 4 March: A Broadcast Coup, Ensemble Theatre
A new comedy from Melanie Tait exploring the cut-throat world of radio journalism.


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