Writing On Our Calendar / November 2022

Fill your November with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of events to brighten your month, including author talks, live theatre, writing workshops, and more!

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1 November: Speaker Series: Clarke – Holly Throsby in Conversation
Join Holly Throsby in conversation with Sarah Blasko as she discusses her latest novel, Clarke, at Marrickville Library.

1 November: Express Media Toolkits: professional possibilities for digital storytellers beyond authorship
This Express Media Toolkits session will explore professional opportunities for digital storytellers. Join Jini Maxwell live on Youtube at 6pm to unpack questions of authorship in games and interactive media.

2 November: An Evening with Petronella McGovern in Conversation with B.M. Carroll
Bestselling author Petronella McGovern discusses her new thriller The Liars with B.M. Carroll at The Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill. 

2 November: Vika and Linda Bull in conversation with Wendy Harmer
Join Vika and Linda Bull in conversation with Wendy Harmer to celebrate the release of their first book, the memoir No Bull. Hosted by Roaring Stories Bookshop at the White Bay Beer Company in Rozelle.

2 November: Trivia in the Library Bar
The State Library of NSW presents Trivia in The Library Bar, hosted by writer and editor Cathy Perkins on the first Wednesday of each month. Test your bookish smarts on literary conundrums and general knowledge, along with the Library’s collections and exhibitions. 

3 November: Speaker Series: Susannah Fullerton on Victor Hugo and Les Miserables
Join author and literary lecturer Susannah Fullerton in a discussion on Victor Hugo’s work at Haberfield Library.

3 November: Griffith Review 78: A Matter of Taste Launch
To celebrate the launch of Griffith Review 78: A Matter of Taste, join Carody Culver, Sam George-Allen and Sam van Zweden as they discuss the edition at Better Read than Dead in Newtown.

3 – 5 November: Enqueer: Sydney Queer Writers Festival
EnQueer returns to put on its first in-person festival, featuring a series of 13 thought-provoking panels, talks and workshops exploring queer identity, legacy and, above all, queer joy. Writing NSW subscribers can save 20% on tickets using the discount code EQWNSW2022.

4 November: Pier Pasolini’s Cinema: Poetry, Politics and Provocation
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Italian writer, filmmaker, playwright and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Italian Cultural Institute will host a discussion on his work and legacy. Join local writers, filmmakers and academics for a round table style conversation.

4 November: First Friday with Miles Merrill
First Friday is our monthly conversation with an industry professional. This November, Writing NSW invites you to our online event with Miles Merrill, Creative Director of Word Travels. Join us for a conversation with Miles about the ground-breaking organisation that runs spoken-word literary events around Australia and the Asia Pacific.

5 November: Workshop: Translating Creativity Into Paying Your Way
Writer, freelancer and freelance advocate Rebekah Lambert takes you through an interactive workshop exploring the reality of creative freelancing. Hosted by the South Coast Writers Centre in Coledale.

8 November: Speaker Series: Comic Conversation – Read to Me
Read to Me is a live graphic storytelling event involving six comics artists, who will each read their work and present visuals at Ashfield Library.

8 November: Tea Topics: Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters with Mandy Sayer
Join award-winning novelist and narrative non-fiction writer Mandy Sayer as she shares her insights from her entertaining and inspiring biography of three sisters who transformed Australian cinema. This event will take place at Woollahra Library in Double Bay.

7 November – SAMAG BAM and then it hit me with Karen Brooks Hopkins
SAMAG and the Sydney Opera House present Louise Herron and Karen Brooks Hopkins, who will lead a conversation about their successes and challenges in driving a culture of change and excellence in their organisations. Karen will also introduce BAM… And Then Hit Me, her memoir of 36 years at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

9 November : Society of Women Writers Gala Awards Luncheon
Share in the excitement as winners of the National Writing Competition, Members Book Awards and the Alice Award are announced and celebrated. 

9 November: An evening with Shaun Tan
Acclaimed artist, writer, and filmmaker Shaun Tan appears live via video in conversation with librarian Maria Savvidis at the State Library of NSW. Shaun will discuss his body of work and the Library’s new acquisition of some of his illustrations.

10 November: Introduction to Screenwriting: Dialogue
The third and final workshop of the free Introduction to Screenwriting series at the Whitlam Library in Cabramatta. This workshop focuses on writing engaging dialogue that brings characters to life.

10 November: Heather Rose in conversation with Kate Evans
Join Heather Rose in conversation with ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf co-presenter, Kate Evans, as they discuss Heather’s memoir at the Royal Oak in Balmain.

12 November: Young Creative Series: The Art of Storytelling with Playback Theater
Jo Winchester and Majella O’Shea from Playback Theatre lead a fun, inspiring, educational and playful workshop using the power of play and improvisation to tell your own story.

12 November – 18 December: The Jungle and the Sea
This Belvoir Street Theatre production combines two great pillars of literature – the Mahābhāratha and Antigone – with the untold histories of the Sri Lankan civil war to forge a new story about surviving loss, discovering love and building a path to justice.

12 November: Discover ‘Imagine’ with Sarah Morley
Take a tour of the galleries at the State Library of NSW with curator Sarah Morley and learn about the current exhibition Imagine… the wonder of picture books.

15 November: Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert
To mark the 2022 Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert discusses her memoir The Uncaged Sky: My 804 Days in an Iranian Prison at the State Library of NSW. Kylie will draw on her own story to highlight the impact of public advocacy and campaigning on securing justice.

15 November: 2022 Year of the Novel Celebration
Are you keen to enrol in our popular Year of the Novel course next year? Join us for our 2022 Year of the Novel celebration from 6:30pm at Writing NSW. You’ll hear readings from this year’s participants and meet course tutor Emily Maguire. RSVP by emailing us at workshops@writingnsw.org.au

15 November: Writers@Stanton: Tom Keneally
Join Tom Keneally at Stanton Library in North Sydney to discuss his book Fanatic Heart, a retelling of the life and exploits of Irish patriot John Mitchel.

21 November – 17 December: The Tempest
Richard Roxburgh returns to the Sydney Theatre Company stage to play one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles. This production is directed by STC artistic director Kip Williams.

23 November: Workshop: Managing Complex Research for Writers
In this two hour workshop at Wollongong City Library, writer Elizabeth Walton shares her workflow and management strategies in an essential masterclass for writers of all genres and levels.

23 November: Speaker Series: Missing, Presumed Dead with Mark Tedeschi KC
Former Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi KC discusses the double murder case that gripped Australia. Mark’s book Missing, Presumed Dead explores the intricacies of the disappearance of Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan.

24 November: The B List with Michelle Cahill
As part of the B List at the State Library of New South Wales, each month Bri Lee appears in conversation with a contemporary author. This month Bri speaks with award-winning writer and poet Michelle Cahill about her novel, Daisy and Woolf.

Nov 26 – I Am Not Making This Up – True Storytelling Festival
At a time when truth is under threat in so much of what we read, the South Coast Writers Centre presents I Am Not Making This Up – a festival celebrating the power of fact in storytelling and bringing together some of the brightest non-fiction voices today. 

Nov 26 – 27: Book Fair Australia
A weekend of exhibitors and activities for book lovers at Sydney Olympic Park.

29 November – Speaker Series: Iris with Fiona Kelly McGregor
Join bestselling novelist and artist Fiona Kelly McGregor in discussion about her latest book, Iris, at Marrickville Library.

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