Writing On Our Calendar / November 2018


November is packed with literary events, books clubs, and submission opportunities! Check out our list of some of the top picks on offer this month.


Critic at deskFriday 2 November: The KYD New Critic Award. Entries are now open for the 2019 KYD New Critic Award! Now in its third year, this award will assist the vocational development of an early-career critic. Entries close 2 November.

Sunday 4 November: A Life in Poetry: Brook Emery and Ron Pretty in Conversation. Join Brook Emery to learn about the experiences which have inspired Ron Pretty’s 40 years of publishing poetry! This free event will be held from 2-3pm at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills.

Monday 5 November: Meet the Writer/Director of the new Australian film Book Week. Head on over to The Empire Cinema, Bowral, to meet the creative force behind this new Australian film! Ph: (02) 4861 4676. Tickets $15.

Tuesday 6 November: Speaker Series: Callan Park: Hospital for the Insane by Sarah Luke. In commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Callan Park Lunatic Asylum, Sarah Luke will be talking about her book which explores the lives of the patients and staff of the facility.

Tuesday 6 November: The Mysterious Book Society Primary School Book Club. Head on over to Better Read Newtown for the November Primary School Book Club’s meet-up to discuss Inheritance by Carole Wilkinson!

Thursday 8 November: Sea, Stars and Swallowing the Universe: Trent Dalton Author Talk. At 6:30pm at Better Read Newtown you can join Trent Dalton as he discusses his bestselling Australian Fiction 2018 book, Boy Swallows Universe! Drinks and nibbles will be provided, and a book signing will follow the talk. Tickets are $5 or free when you pre-order a copy of the book.

Tuesday 13 November: Poetry Night. Need more live poetry in your life? Sappho Books, Café & Bar has you covered! Check out their poetry night from 7:30pm to get your fill of spoken word.

Wednesday 21 November: The master from Marnpi: Alec O’Halloran in conversation with Stephen Gilchrist. This is the first comprehensive biography of a Pintupi person and the first book about the acclaimed Papunya Tula Artists organisation to carefully trace the relationship between one artist and the organisation’s staff over three decades. To find out more, you can head over to Better Read Newtown for this insightful discussion.

Thursday 28 November: A Touch of Poetry: An evening with Felicity Plunkett. The next event in the ‘A Touch of Poetry’ reading series will be Felicity Plunkett on Thursday 28thNovember at 6:30 p.m. at the Castle Hill Library on the theme of “Making Poetry: Grit and Angels”. The event is free. 

Throughout November:

The Spineless Wonders 2019 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award is now open for submissions. This award is for short fiction collections up to 30,000 words and includes cash prize amounts of $3000 for the winner and $1000 for two runners-up. Entries close 3 February 2019.

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize. “The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry.” First prize is $5000, and all entries must be original poems up to 75 lines. Entries close 3 December.


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