Writing On Our Calendar / May 2022

Fill your May with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of online and in person events to keep you going, including a festivals, panel discussions, lectures, historic tours, book launches, live theatre and more!

New date – Talking Writing: Philippines

3 May: Talking Writing: Philippines – NEW DATE
Writing NSW invites a panel of Filipinos in diaspora and Filipino-Australians to share their work, celebrate the rich, multi-faceted narratives of their cultural and personal identity, and to discuss which stories they consider urgent to tell. Register here.

3 May: Access All Areas – An Uncensored Conversation about Comedy and Disability
As part of Accessible Arts’ In Conversation series, they’ve lined up some of Australia’s funniest comedians with disability for an uncensored conversation about comedy and disability. Register here.

10 May: Emerging Writers’ Festival program launch
Get a taste of this year’s EWF program as Ana Maria Gomides, Mykaela Saunders, Cher Tan and Thabani Tshuma hop into their respective time machines and talk about committing, recovering, and learning from a variety of literary faux pas. Book here.

Emerging Writers’ Festival Program Launch: Good at Being Bad

12-15 May: Kyogle Writers Festival
The Kyogle Writers Festival seeks to bring the best of contemporary Australian writing to their region to explore the question: ‘Close to Home?’ Check out the program

12 May-4 June: Ate Lovia
Written by Talking Writing: Philippines panelist Jordan Shea, Ate Lovia (AH-the LOW-viya) is a new Filipino-Australian drama, that explores what it means to stay loyal to your family, no matter how brutal it gets. Buy tickets.

14 May: Woodlands – Ethel Turner & Seven Little Australians
Speakers on Australian novelist and children’s book writer Ethel Turner, The Seven Little Australians and the Woodlands history will present their discourse. A family day to be immersed in the home of Ethel Turner with rooms as time capsules dating back to pre-Federation and Federation era, capturing the ambience of that time. Book here.

16 May: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2022
The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards are the longest-standing and richest state-based literary awards in the country. The Awards recognise the best Australian writers, including novelists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters and authors of non-fiction and children’s books. Join the waitlist.

The 2022 Festival theme, Change My Mind, is an invitation, a challenge and a promise of intent.

16-22 May: Sydney Writers’ Festival
Each year, more than 400 writers take part in over 300 conversations, debates, performances and panel discussions to audiences of more than 80,000. This year will feature Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut, international sensation Hanya Yanagihara, and activist and advocate Derecka Purnell. Check out the program and keep an eye out for the Writing NSW staff picks!

17 May: The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard – Book launch 
Author Nathan Hobbs will be launching his new biography online with the help of Karen Throssell, poet, memoirist and granddaughter of Katharine Susannah Prichard. Register here and check out our Honouring series featuring Katharine Susannah Prichard.

25 May: Reconcile what? Why White Australia needs to rectify its wrongs
Teela Reid, proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and founder of Blackfella Bookclub, will examine the hard questions that cut to the legitimacy of our democracy. Register here.

25 May: Callan Park: The Jewel of the West
As part of Heritage Festival 2022, delve into the untold stories of Callan Park. Register here.

More from Writing NSW

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