Writing On Our Calendar / November 2019


Where did the year go? We hope NaNoWriMo isn’t the only thing on your writing calendar this month.


Friday 1 November – Saturday 2 November: 2019 Sydney Rare Book Fair. Sydney’s rare book fair returns on the first weekend of November at the University of Sydney’s MacLaurin Hall in Camperdown. Entry is free and doors open 1pm.

Image from Sydney Rare Book Fair

Saturday 2 November: Solid Air Editors in conversation on Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word. Hear from the editors and contributors to Solid Air, a compilation of performance poets, on the state and role of spoken word in Australia and New Zealand. 3pm at Better Read Than Dead Bookshop.

Sunday 3 November: Poetry Sydney & Art Gallery of NSW Monthly Poetry Reading. Catch award-winning poet and translator Peter Boyle at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surrry Hills from 2pm-3pm. Entry is free.

Thursday 7 November: Book Launch – The Cherry Picker’s Daughter. Join writers Cathy Craigie and Terri Janke in celebrating Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert’s life and legacy with the launch of The Cherry Picker’s Daughter. The memoir discusses Aboriginal women’s persecution, poverty, resilience and bravery. 6pm at Gleebooks. Free entry, RSVPs essential.

Friday 8 November: Auslan Poetry Workshop and Slam. Come for an enriching evening of Auslan-inclusive poetry at Green Square library. From 630pm-830pm, learn how to develop your very own Auslan work. Performative storyteller Todd Wright will be facilitating this poetry workshop. There are opportunities to perform your work at the poetry showcase on Friday 22 November with emerging Auslan poets.

Image from City of Sydney

Sunday 10 November: Phoebe Grainer with Winnie Dunn at the Newtown Festival. Hear all about Sweatshop Women and Sweatshop Collective’s latest release ‘This Little Red Thing’ at the Newtown Festival from 4pm-5pm. Entry is free but registration is essential.

Sunday 10 November: An Evening with Zadie Smith. Catch renowned writer Zadie Smith at the Sydney Opera House as she discusses class, race, gender, politics and more.

Monday 11 November: Publisher Introduction Fellowships. Applications close on this date for development and pathway residencies at Varuna. One-week fellowships include accommodation, workshopping and a chance for your work to be read by a leading publisher in Australia.

Friday 22 November: Charlotte Wood and Vicki Hastrich in conversation with Ailsa Piper. The authors discuss their new books The Weekend and Night Fishing at Woollahra Libraries from 6pm. Tickets include refreshments.

Sunday 24 November: Sydney Indie Con. Run by authors, for authors, Sydney Indie Con delves into the world of independent and hybrid publishing. The program at Penrith library covers marketing and audiobooks, amongst others.

Thursday 28 November: National Novel Writing Month: Common Challenges Facing Writers. In celebration of NaNoWriMo, industry experts discuss the challenges of writing and publishing at Woollahra Libraries from 6pm-8pm.

Saturday 30 November: The Society of Women Writers Tasmania Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2019. This year’s theme is Earth and the poetry competition open for all previously unpublished poetry closes on this date.

Image from Bankstown Poetry Slam

Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December: Brave New Word Youth Poetry Festival. Bankstown Poetry Slam hosts their first poetry festival at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Don’t miss an exciting weekend of slam competitions, national and international line-ups.


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