Writing On Our Calendar / June 2022

Fill your June with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of events to brighten your month, including loads of festivals, panel discussions, readings, live theatre and more!

2 June: An evening with Nathanael O’Reilly – WestWords
Nathanael will be joined by David Adès, Michelle Cahill, and Tricia Dearborn for an evening of poetry readings and conversation, held at WestWords in Parramatta. Book for free.

3-5 June: South Coast Writers Festival
Join South Coast Writers Centre in Wollongong at for readings, conversations, workshops and book launches, and along the way, discover new Australian writing by talented authors from the Illawarra region and beyond. View the program

Words on the Waves Writers Festival

3-6 June: Words on the Waves Writers Festival
Held across two venues with panoramic coastal views, Umina Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Words on the Waves is the first writers festival to take place on the Central Coast. View the program.

8-9 June: Sydney Film Festival
The 69th Sydney Film Festival is back with amazing feature films, fascinating documentaries, and wide-ranging retrospectives at 9 iconic venues. View the program.

10 June: Vivid Ideas – Mavericks of Stage & Screen
Join in an empowering discussion as a diverse group of creatives with incredible life stories share their journeys to success. Special guest speakers/performers include multi award-winning actress, writer and director Leah Purcell, stand-up comic and Utopia regular Nina Oyama, critically acclaimed playwright Alana Valentine, AACTA Award-winner and screenwriter Sarah Lambert, and One the Bear stage-show creator Candy Bowers. Buy tickets

Writer and actor of City of Gold, Meyne Wyatt.

7 May-11 June: City of Gold
Following a breathtaking performance on ABC’s Q&A that went viral around the world, writer and performer Meyne Wyatt brings his acclaimed play to Sydney Theatre Company in an electrifying new production. Purchase tickets.

21 June: Creative Hello: Sahra Salon
Emerging artists share their works in progress in a night of storytelling, intimacy and enchantment. Be part of their process and be transported to their worlds at this evening gathering or Sahra (Arabic). Artists on the evening will include Gary Lonesborough, Kim Pham and Ilhan Abdi, curated by Hajer. The event is held at Riverside National Theatre of Parramatta. Buy tickets.

15-25 June: Emerging Writers’ Festival 
EWF invites you to discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds. Over eleven days, dive into performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. With more than 50 in-person and digital events, and featuring over 150 artists, EWF has something for everyone. View the program.

25 June: Kids & YA Festival 
Directed by award-winning, internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell, this year’s festival showcases some of Australia’s best-known and dearly loved authors, illustrators, publishers, media personnel and industry professionals, many of whom have achieved international success. View the program and purchase tickets

29 June: An Evening with Jonathan Franzen
Franzen is coming to Sydney live and in-person, and for one night only you can see him discussing the power of the novel, his singular contribution to it as a form, and what brought him to Crossroads with Sydney Writers’ Festival’s outgoing Artistic Director, Michael Williams. Buy tickets

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June: BAD International Online Festival
BAD: All About Crime brings you a month-long online festival with bestselling international crime writers Zooming in to talk to us about their newest thrillers, including Adrian McKinty, Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Don Winslow and Mick Herron in conversation with Kate Evans. View the program.

24 June–30 July: Golden Blood 
Golden Blood is a new play written by Chinese-Singaporean writer Merlynn Tong, developed in collaboration between Griffin Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. It is set on the neon streets of Singapore following a young girl, not yet a teenager, orphaned after the death of her mother. She’s taken in by her estranged brother, who happens to be a gangster. Like, an actual one. Purchase tickets. 

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