Writing On Our Calendar / July 2021


Fill your July with these wonderful writing events. There’s a mix of online and in-person events including a performance by Moreblessing Maturure, an exhibition by Diversity Art Australia, book launches, panel discussions and more!


1 July: The Invisible Now: Writing Crisis and the Future Imaginary
by Sydney Environment Institute

A panel of critically acclaimed writers examines the power of writing during a moment of multiplying and interconnecting crises. Speakers include Evelyn Araluen, poet and Researcher, and Tony Birch, author. Register here.

1-3 July: Flow – A NOPRA Production
Mitch King is a Yaegl Bundjalung man with a story to tell. Joined on stage by long term collaborator and sound artist Blake Rhodes, Mitch tells his story inspired by community, Country and the first native title claim on a body of water in Yamba. Get tickets here.

4 July: Reunion Day: Live Reading of a Banned TV Play
The Anzac Day TV play Reunion Day, by Peter Yeldham, is being given its first ever live performance in Australia in a one-off reading to be held at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Buy tickets here.

7 July: Author Talk: Dr Mary O’Connell presents The Country of Our Dreams
Writer, editor and historian Dr Mary O’Connell will delve into the themes and events featured in her latest novel The Country of Our Dreams set in 19th Century Ireland and 21st Century Australia. Held at Randwick Library. Register for free here.

9, 7, 14 July: Them Heavy People: This City, That Decade
See Sydney through the eyes of migrants and diverse residents. Over 3 nights, 9 storytellers will share their lives in Sydney over the last 40 years. Register here.

14 July: Radicals: Remembering the Sixties
Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley describe the awakening of a generation that set out to change the world. In this conversation led by ABC radio presenter Cassie McCullagh, the authors will share their own memories of that exciting era with John Derum and Helen Voysey, whose stories are told in the book. Register here.

16-24 July: Milk & Honey & Lemons
Campbelltown Arts Centre in partnership with Next Wave present Milk & Honey & Lemons, a new hybrid audio/live performance work created by Zimbabwean/ Australian inter-disciplinary artist, Moreblessing Maturure. Find out more information here.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TENIOLA KOMOLAFE

16 July: ONLINE SEMINAR Predatory Publishing v. Supported Independent Publishing – How To Spot the Scams
With so many publishing options open to writers, it can be really confusing to navigate how to get your work out there. This workshop will help define predatory publishing and identify red flags so you can make informed decisions about your manuscript. Writing NSW members can register for free.

17 July: No Justice No Peace
Join Latoya Aroha Rule for a powerful talk that will uncover the history of policing and incarceration of First Nations peoples in this country and how these injustices continue today. Book here.

17 July-1 August: Rituals Of Resistance: Inner West Artists’ Response To I Am Not A Virus
Rituals Of Resistance: Inner West Artists’ Response To I Am Not A Virus presents the work of ten Inner-West artists commissioned through Diversity Arts Australia’s I Am Not A Virus initiative. These creatives have been commissioned to create new work across a range of mediums including visual arts, performance, screen, audio-visual and more.

Roil Horizon by Zachary Lopez

22 July: Breakfast with a Curator
Join Dr Mariko Smith, curator of Unsettled, for breakfast and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking exhibition. Learn about the groundbreaking research and extensive consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that informed the exhibition.

27 July: Speaker Series – Reading like an Australian Writer
The inspirational and heartfelt collection of essays will enrich your reading of Australian stories and guide you in your own writing. Join panellists editor Belinda Castles, Beth Yahp and Nigel Featherstone as they discuss this anthology of Australian literature. Register here.

31 July: Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers – Author Talks series
Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers offers a biography that unravels the life and the fiction, and the result is a fascinating and ultimately poignant tale. Register to hear Helen Vines in this Author Talks Series here.

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