Writing On Our Calendar / November 2021

Fill your November with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of online and in person events to keep you going as we ease ourselves out of lockdown, including multiple film festivals, online conversations about all things writing, exhibitions and an online play!

1 November: Getting Published – Boundless Festival 
So you want to be a published author, but how can you make it happen? Radhiah Chowdhury, Michelle Cahill, Camha Pham and Shalini Kunahlan will tell you how to maximise your chances of seeing your words in print with advice on how to approach a publisher and how to present your work. Register for free here.

Boundless Festival

1-7 Nov: Archie Roach’s Tell Me Why
Riverside Theatres Digital and Play On presents Archie Roach’s Tell Me Why. The production will be available to watch online. For more info visit here.

3-14 Nov: Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival returns to cinemas 3–14 November with 200+ films from across the world. See literary adaptations, poetic documentaries and films that will delight book lovers on the big screen. Book your tickets here.

4-6 Nov: EnQueer | Sydney Queer Writers’ Festival
EnQueer aims to bring together people of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, disabilities, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds at a literary forum which appreciates and acknowledges the power of diversity. Check out the program here.

5-7 November: In Other Words
In Other Words is OzAsia Festival’s forum for conversations about Australia’s engagement with Asia and a dedicated showcase for Asian and Asian Australian writers and thinkers.
Novelists, performers, journalists, historians and playwrights will come together to consider topics as varied as power, identity, community, grief, familial love, shopping malls, ghosts, snacks, resistance and, of course, revenge. Check out the program

In Other Words 5-7 November
In Other Words 5-7 November

4-25 November: Sydney Science Film Festival 
The SSFFF Virtual Festival Experience will run for three weeks, from November 4th to 25th, accessed online via the streaming service’s platform, custom built with the SSFFF team. The virtual program will run in conjunction with the physical festival, still slated to unfold at the Actors Centre Australia in the inner-west suburb of Leichhardt. Buy tickets here.

6,7 & 27, 28 Nov: CSI Tasmania – Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival
One literary festival. Two weekends. Join Terror Australis this November, in person or online, at CSI: TASMANIA to explore Tasmanian, Australian and international crime and mystery books with a heistful of readers and writers. Buy tickets here.

CSI: Tasmania

10 Nov: The Conversation: what is the future of First Nations literature?
Join the panel of writers, editors and journalists as they discuss the power and future of First Nations literature from 7:30-8:30pm AEDT. Register here.

10 Nov: Aural Events: Best of Australian Poetry
This virtual showcase event celebrates the Best of Australian Poetry anthology’s release, opening with a conversation between its editors, award-winning poets Ellen van Neerven and Toby Fitch. Book here

16 Nov: State of the (Writing) Nation: Alice Pung
The State of the (Writing) Nation is Writers Victoria’s annual address from a prominent Australian writer. It’s a chance to reflect on what’s happening and where we’re heading in Australian literature and publishing. Book here.

17 Nov: Islands in the Stream
Join a panel of local media creatives and programmers as they explore the ways streaming services are reflecting – and altering – our relationship to television. The panel features former Netflix ANZ culture editor Michael Sun, screenwriter and creator of All My Friends Are Racist Enoch Mailangi, and director of programming at Stan Australia Ben Nguyen, with host Brodie Lancaster. Book here.

Enoch Mailangi, Michael Sun, Ben Nguyen, Brodie Lancaster.
Enoch Mailangi, Michael Sun, Ben Nguyen, Brodie Lancaster.

25 Nov – 5 Dec: Japanese Film Festival
The Japanese Film Festival in Australia makes a grand return to the cinema for its 25th year from with a national tour in Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and will be in Sydney from 25 Nov to 5 Dec. Take a look at the films here.

25 Nov: 14th Annual Wheelwright Lecture
Join Kim Stanley Robinson who will be discussing ‘Dodging a Mass Extinction Event: Climate Change and Necessity. The event takes place via zoom from 2-3:30pm AEDT. Register here.

November: Unsettled
In this powerful exhibition, First Nations voices reveal the hidden stories of devastation, survival and the fight for recognition. These first-hand accounts are presented through long hidden historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and never-before-seen objects from the Australian Museum collections and beyond. For more info visit here.

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