Writing On Our Calendar / September 2018


With the sun starting to peek out through the chilly mornings, NSW is teeming with literary events to explore throughout September!


4 September: Pink Ink Book Launch. Author and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook will speak with Rick Morton about his new release Pink Ink. Harry Cook is an actor who struggled with his sexuality before coming out via a Youtube video and launching in to activism.

6 September: Unbreakable Threads Book Launch. Authors Emma Adams and Abdul speak with Mark Isaacs (author of The Undesirables: Inside Nauru) about their new release. The entire ticket price for the event will go to the Asylum Seekers Centre.

7 September: Closing deadline for Playwriting Australia’s Duologue. “Duologue has been created specifically for mid-career and established playwrights, to provide support for their collaborations and play development…Each partnership will be allotted up to $3,500 from a pool of shared development funds, for their year-long collaboration.”

8 September: Subbed in. Head over to Chippendale for an evening of readings from Australian and UK-based authors. Free entry with food and drinks available.

10 September: Workshop for Diverse Women. Run by Sweatshop, this workshop “mentors female writers from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.” Check out their website or facebook page for more details

11 September: Poetry Night Avant Gaga #40. After the success of their previous Avant Gaga events, Sappho’s is keeping them rolling! Head to Glebe for an engaging night of poetry.

13 September: Pasifika. “Join Indigenous-Pasifika artists Amrita Hepi, Brian Fuata, Emele Ugavule, Latai Taumoepeau and Winnie Dunn for a talanoa about Australian arts and literature, in which race, class, culture, faith, gender and sexuality intersect.”

15 September: High Tea with Caroline Overington. “A former New York correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Caroline is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including nine crime thrillers. Join Caroline, in celebration of the release of The Ones You Trust, over a high tea of scones, sweets, sandwiches and champagne. Ticket is reduced when you pre-order the book.”

24 September: Flip the Script – Free Open Mic Workshop with the Bankstown Arts Centre. “Flip the Script is a safe space for under 26-year-olds to showcase whatever they want under the guidance of an expert storyteller and performer.”

25 September: Bankstown Poetry Slam. The perfect chance to head out for an evening of slam poetry to shake up your week.

30 September: Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship submission deadline. “The 2019 Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship offers the winner a one week, all expenses paid residency at Varuna, a publishing consultancy worth $800 and a manuscript appraisal with Giramondo Press.”

Throughout September:

Poetry slams and workshops run with the Australian Poetry Slam in Sydney and wider NSW.

Southerly is accepting submissions.


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