Writing On Our Calendar / June 2020


Now that the digital space has become the norm for most of us, a whole world of new events are accessible from the comfort of our own home. Check out these literary panels, festivals and more from across NSW and beyond!


Monday 1 June: Our very own Senior Program Officer Ashley Kalagian Blunt will be launching her latest book, How to be Australian, in conversation with Rob McDonald. Hosted by Better Read Than Dead on Zoom, register free here.

Tuesday 2 June: Emerging Writers’ Festival will be launching their 2020 program online via the Wheeler Centre. Join free from 6:15 pm here.

3 – 17 June: Tune in to ASA each Wednesday in June for Authors Online Series: How to Run Virtual Appearances. This free series teaches you all the skills you’ll need to run online virtual appearances, and will effectively prep you to apply for the Takeaway Creatives Grant administered by the ASA.

Wednesday 3 June: Join Text Publishing and WellRead from 8pm for an online conversation with Laura McPhee-Browne, author of Cherry Beach.

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Thursday 4 June: Celebrate the publication of This Was Urgent Yesterday, a collection of scripts written by young people from across regional Australia. The event will be live-streamed from 7pm. Register online free here.

Thursday 4 June: Tune in to the live Rural Romance Author Panel via Facebook from 11:30am to hear from best-selling authors Rachael Johns, Alissa Callen, Nicola Marsh and Penelope Janu, as they discuss writing inspiration, the country and their books.

Thursday 4 June: Harry Hartog Conversations series presents A Lunctime Conversation with best-selling YA author Patrick Ness and Will Kostakis, 12 – 1pm on Zoom. Book your $5 tickers here.

Thursday 4 June: The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music presents Unorthodox – Stories of Escape, featuring an online panel of published and unpublished writers speaking about their stories of exodus.

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Thursday 4 June: 2019 Penguin Literary Prize-winner Imbi Neeme will be launching her book Spill on Facebook, hosted by Harry Hartog from 8pm. RSVP free here.

Friday 5th June: Spend your lunch break with Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah at the Writing NSW June First Friday Club! Join us on zoom from 12:30pm for a chat about how the publishing industry is faring in these unusual times. RSVP free here.

5th – 8th June: The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival are holding the Bello Poetry Slam events on Zoom and Facebook across the June long weekend. Book here to participate and vote.

Saturday 6th June: NT Writers Centre is holding a special online workshop that provides techniques and tools into how to write stories that move cross-culturally. You can book into ‘Honouring Culture in Writing – making cross cultural writing benefit everyone’ for $45.

Tuesday 9 June: Join Avid Reader on Zoom for the launch of The Long Shadow, a psychological thriller from Anne Buist: professor, psychiatrist and women’s mental health expert. Register free here.

Tuesday 9 June: Better Read Than Dead and Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival host Anna Goldsworthy, author of Melting Moments, in conversation with Nicole Abadee via Zoom. Book $15 tickets here.

Wednesday 10 June: Journalist Katherine Firkin debuts her crime novel, Sticks and Stones, via this online event hosted by the Stonnington Library. RSVP here.

Wednesday 10 June: Ellena Savage, author of Blueberries, will be in conversation with WellRead and Text Publishing from 8pm, you can join online here.

Thursday 11 June: Learn how to conduct effective research and about the learning tools Waverly Library offers in this online webinar dedicated to internet learning. More information available here.

Image courtesy of Emerging Writers’ Festival

16 – 23 June: This year the Emerging Writers’ Festival is held online under the theme Digital Nostalgia. Watch Australia’s new and emerging writers on a range of panels, workshops and more.

Wednesday 17 June: Avid Reader hosts publisher Meredith Curnow and Penguin Prize winners Imbi Neeme and Kathryn Hind discussing their debit novels with Cass Moriarty. Book your $5 tickets here.

Tuesday 23 June: Better Read Than Dead will be hosting the online launch of Loud and Proud, a collection of inspiring speeches from the LGBTQ+ community curated by Tea Uglow. Join this chat with Tea and Fiona Wright from 6:30pm free here.

Ongoing Events:

Ongoing: The Social Distancing Festival has an excellent global line-up of music, art and performance live-streamed throughout June. Each day features a poetry/spoken word piece, as well as a theatre performance in the evening.

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Ongoing: West Words are moving some events onto their Youtube channel, including their monthly Poets’ Corner, West Side Poetry Slam and Hemingway’s Polydactyl Kitten Club. Also check out West Side Poetry Slam’s online poetry share-space to share work and give feedback!

Ongoing: Tune in to the CBCA NSW Branch Facebook page or website at noon every weekday to meet some of Australia’s finest children’s authors and hear them read their stories. Visit either their website or their Facebook page.

Ongoing: Queensland Poetry Festival will be releasing poetry on their Youtube channel all pandemic-long as part of their Panacea Poets series.

Ongoing: Access a range of panels, discussions and performances via the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel. You can browse through the archives and watch live-streamed performances.

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