Writing On Our Calendar / June 2021


Fill your June with these wonderful writing events. There’s a mix of online and in-person events including the Emerging Writers’ Festival, StoryFest, loads of theatre performances and more!


3 June: Making Change Happen: “Allyship into Action” by Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education & Training”
Hosted by Australia’s first and longest-running Aboriginal education organisation, Tranby, the open day aims to celebrate culture, community and Indigenous-led education. Check out the program and register here.

4 June: 7-On – Sharp Darts book launch at Gleebooks
Celebrate the launch of Sharp Darts, a collection of short plays by seven excellent writers for theatre, at Gleebooks from 6 – 6:30pm. Register here.

5 – 6 June: Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival 2021
A children’s writers’ festival held over zoom, with the theme ‘know your audience’. Presenters include Ursula Dubosarsky, Andy Griffiths, Tim Harris, Wendy Orr, Margrete Lamond, Tina Harris and more. Visit here for more info.

7 June: Reading Like an Australian Writer – Panel Discussion
From 6:30 – 7:30pm, join editor and moderator, Belinda Castles as she engages an expert panel including Anna Spargo-Ryan, Hoa Pham, Mykaela Saunders and Ashley Hay discussing Reading like an Australian Writer. Register here.

8 – 17 June: Eat Me
The four plays are written by members of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group and directed by the four directors of the Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Directors Initiative at STC. For more info visit here.

9 – 18 June: Perfect Stranger by Hilary Bell
Perfect Stranger is written by NIDA alumna and renowned Australian writer of stage, fiction, radio, screen, and theatre Hilary Bell, and directed by award-winning director and choreographer Kate Champion. Purchase your tickets here.

9 June: Who Gets to Be Smart: Bri Lee in conversation with Courtney Miller
Bri Lee’s new book Who Gets To Be Smart is a timely investigation into the current discussions around class and privilege in Australia and around the world. To see Bri in conversation with Courtney Miller visit here.

11 – 13 June: Bellingen Writers Festival
Back after last year’s cancellation, the Bellingen Writers Festival is back with a great program including Kate Forsyth, Jess Hill, Ellen van Neervan and more. Check it out here.

11 – 14 June: Words on the Waves Writers Festival
The inaugural Words on the Waves Writers Festival, held in NSW’s Central Coast, is a celebration of words and ideas. Join the organisers for conversations, book signings with your favourite authors, workshops, a kids’ program and more. More info here.

12 June: Rural Crime Writing Festival
The first of its kind from New England Writers Centre, with an excellent line up of writers including Yumna Kasab, Dan Box, Maryrose Cuskelly and more. For more info visit here.

12 June: Am I Who I Say I Am?
In association with the South Coast Writers Centre, Mandy Nolan presents the much-anticipated return of George’s successful comedic memoir show: a comedic memoir about one father and four surnames. Buy your tickets here.

16 – 26 June: Emerging Writers’ Festival
Storytellers across the globe will unite to showcase their talents, tell their tales and share insights and experiences in a program filled with discovery, learning, and delight. Check out the program here.

18 June: Friends of Balmain Library – LA Larkin Local Crime Writer
To celebrate the launch of her new book, Widow’s Island, set in the USA, local author L.A. Larkin will share the secrets of writing a nail-biting thriller and the fascinating people she interviewed to inform her latest novel. Book here.

18 – 20 June: Storyfest
StoryFest is a celebration of storytelling in all its forms – oral, written, prose, poetry, song or film. Head down to the south coast for a weekend and visit the finest venues in Milton, Mollymook and Ulladulla. For more info on the program visit here.

19 June: Rogue monologue By Agatha Gothe-Snape with Andrew Burrell
Agatha Gothe-Snape with Andrew Burrell’s contribution to The National 2021 is a single work comprising three parts including an immersive virtual environment of text fragments, a performance monologue streamed live, and this single inverted monologue performed by Gothe-Snape once only, at the Art Gallery of NSW. Register here.

23 June – 10 July: Prima Face by Suzie Miller at Griffin Theatre Company
Prima Facie is an indictment of the Australian legal system’s failure to provide reliable pathways to justice for women in rape, sexual assault or harassment cases. It’s a work of fiction, but one that could have been ripped from the headlines of any paper, any day of the week, so common you could cry. Book your tickets here.

28 June: Winners of the Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize will be announced in virtual event
The winners will be announced by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales, on June 28. You can watch the virtual event online via livestream through the WestWords YouTube here and Facebook site here

30 June: COV-ART 2 WestWords Fundraising Auction
COV-ART Fundraising Auction is back again this year to celebrate the art and literature from some of Australia’s leading and Western Sydney’s emerging creatives. To view the auction and work available, click here.

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