Writing On Our Calendar / July 2020


Buckle up! July is another month packed full of literary events from festivals and book launches, to panel talks and book clubs.


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Wednesday 1 July: Tune into the Wheeler Centre’s event Fathoms: Exploring the World of the Whale, with author Rebecca Giggs. Join from 6:30pm, more info here.

Wednesday 1 July: Girls on Key present the first of their international series, featuring UK poet Miriam Nash. This online event starts from 7pm with a $5 suggested donation on entry.

Wednesday 1 July: WellRead will be live-streaming a conversation with Cherry Beach author Laura McPhee-Browne from 8pm. Tune in here.

Thursday 2 July: Hornsby Shire Library will be hosting Darug author and Writing NSW member Julie Janson in a discussion about her book, Benevolence. Join from 6:30pm here.

Image courtesy of Hornsby Shire Libraries

Thursday 2 July: Byron Writers Festival will be hosting an online interactive poetry reading and Q&A with Gunai author and poet Kirli Saunders. $15 for non-members, spaces are limited, so register here.

Thursday 2 July: Tune in to Kate Grenville’s conversation about her new book, A Room Made of Leaves, her life and writing via the Wheeler Centre website, 6:15-7:15pm.

Thursday 2 July: Salon Canberra are hosting Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon in conversation with writer, comedian, podcast and performer Alice Fraser in The Poetry of Punchlines from 12pm.

Thursday 2 July: Join the Wheeler Centre’s online school-holiday workshop for young storytellers, run by middle-grade author Fiona Hardy, from 11:00-11:45am. More information available here.

Friday 3 July: Our First Friday Club this month features Joel Naoum, non-fiction category manager at Booktopia. Join us on Zoom from 12:30pm. Entry is free but RSVPS are essential, book here.

Friday 3 July: Richmond Tweed Regional Library will host Imbi Neeme for an Author Takeover from 6:30pm, more information here.

Friday 3 July: Join Rebecca Prince-Ruiz & Joanna Atherfold Finn for a discussion on Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Monday 6 July: Better Read Than Dead will be hosting Jessie Tu online, in conversation about her book, A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing. Tickets $5, register here for a 6:30pm start.

Monday 6 July: Join Angela Dean in-conversation with Rebecca Giggs for the launch of Fathoms: the world in the whale, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 8 July: Bathurst Library will be hosting an online conversation with best-selling author Tony Park about his latest book, Last Survivor. RSVP free here.

Wednesday 8 July: Join Tegan Bennett Daylight for the launch of The Details: On Love, Death and Reading, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 9 July: Better Read Than Dead will be hosting an online chat with Rebecca Huntley and her new book How To Talk About Climate Change. Tickets $5 here for a 6:30pm start.

Image courtesy of Better Read Than Dead

Thursday 9 July: The National Biography Award Shortlist Announcement will be live-streamed by the State Library of NSW from 7pm, register free here.

Thursday 9 July: Join Cass Moriarty in-conversation with Kayte Nunn for the launch of The Silk House, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 10 July: Join Iris Ray Nunn for the launch of her memoir Climbing the World’s Tallest Tree, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Saturday 11 July: Join Harry Saddler in-conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ackerman discussing The Bird Way, from 10:00-11:00am. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Sunday 12 July: Sydney Writers Festival will be live-streaming a conversation with Jacqueline Maley and Julia Gillard, about her new book Women and Leadership. Tune in from 7pm here.

Image courtesy of Sydney Writers’ Festival

Monday 13 July: Avid Reader is hosting Emily Ehlers in-conversation with Rebecca Huntley discussing How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Tuesday 14 July: Avid Reader Bookshop will be hosting Kate Grenville to discuss her new book, A Room Made of Leaves. Starting 6:30pm, register here.

Thursday 16 July: Join us for a Talking Writing event that focuses on what many have been turning to for comfort right now… food! Four panellists will discuss how they write about food in varied and fascinating ways, online from 7:30pm, RSVP here.

Four headshots of panelists, all smiling at the camera

Thursday 16 July: Sydney Writers’ Festival will be live-streaming their chat with David Mitchell about the release of his new novel, Utopia Avenue. Tune in from 7pm here.

Friday 17 July: Join ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay in-conversation with Judith Brett discussing her Quarterly Essay #78 – The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 July: Mildura Writers’ Festival will be hold online and features a cracker of a line-up – see the program and register here

Tuesday 21 June: Our very own Ashley Kalagian Blunt will be reading from her new book How To Be Australian online at First Readings Book Club. From 7:30pm, register here.

Tuesday 21 June: Join Paul Barclay in-conversation with journalist Annika Smethurst discussing On Secrets, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available via Avid Reader’s website.

Wednesday 22 July: Join Emma Kate Lewis in-conversation with Jasper Fforde for the launch of The Constant Rabbit, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Thursday 23 July: The State Library of NSW will be hosting a librarian-led exploration of the collection for Rare Books: The Natural World.

24 July – 9 August: The 2020 Melbourne Spoken Word Festival will be held online this year and feature Thabani Tshuma, Alison Whittaker and more. See the program and book here.

Saturday 25 July: Join Ellen Van Neerven in-conversation with Tanya Talaga discussing All Our Relations, from 10:00-11:00am. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 July: Audiocraft Podcast Festival will also be held exclusively online, with tickets $20-$50. See the full program and book here.

Image courtesy of Audiocraft

Tuesday 28 July: Head online with the State Library of NSW for their Author Talks series, this time featuring Catherine Bond for Law in War. Register free here.

Thursday 30 July: Hachette Australia is hosting Books and Bubbles, a new online series featuring WHO editor Stacy Hicks and various authors with author Kayte Nunn kicking off the series. RSVP free here.

Thursday 30 July: Join Rachael Johns in-conversation with Fiona Palmer discussing Tiny White Lies, from 6:30-7:30pm. More information available on Avid Reader’s website.

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