Writing On Our Calendar / September


Spring! Warmer weather, budding flowers, and a swag of excellent literary events from across the country.


Wednesday 2 September: To launch their Broadly Speaking series, the Wheeler Centre presents this event with author of the seminal book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman, the formidable Aileen Moreton-Robinson. Tune in online from 6:16pm, book tickets here.

Image credit: Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Wednesday 2 September: Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day with ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy and supporter Archie Roach, at this inspiring and engaging 45 minute online event.  Head to the ILF YouTube channel from 12:30pm.

Wednesday 2 September: Join master slammers Word Travels in this free online workshop to hone your storytelling craft. Registration is essential, see more information here.

Thursday 3 September: Join Suzanne Leal for her Thursday Book Club event featuring physician and award-winning writer Leah Kaminsky. 8pm, online – book here.

Thursday 3 September: Avid Reader has invited three newcomers in the Australian YA scene – Rawah Arja, Lisa Fuller and Kay Kerr – for a chat about their journeys to publication, their debut novels and what unique background each of these writers bring to the world of YA. Tickets $5, book here.

Friday 4 September: Join our online First Friday Club event with Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie in conversation with Australian Society for Authors CEO, Olivia Lanchester. Jane will speak with Olivia about ways the Literature sector has adapted to new challenges imposed by the pandemic, and the work the ASA has been doing on behalf of writers across Australia.

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Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September: Better Read than Dead presents the event Arab-Australian Authors Unite for Lebanon, to raise funds for victims of the Beirut explosion. Join online on the Friday and Saturday sessions – book here.

Saturday 5 September: Subbed In is partnering with Giant Dwarf to present The Night That Gets Inside the Storyteller, a live and live-streamed event featuring Patrick Lenton, JZ Ting and Jason Gray.

Monday 7 September: WestWord’s monthly event, Hemingway’s Polydactyl Kitten Club, will feature poet, playwright, educator and proud Gunai woman Kirli Saunders. Guests are invited to meet online from 7pm, and bring something to read or discuss.

Wednesday 9 September: NSW Public Libraries’ and Harper Collins presents this online author talk with Belinda Alexandra, author of The Mystery Woman. Register here for the 6:30pm free event.

9 – 13 September: Settle back and enjoy the full online program of Write Around the (online) Murray, featuring author talks, performances, exhibitions and storytelling projects.

Image credit: BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival

10 – 13 September: BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival returns in 2020 online. Tune into international and local author discussions featuring Jo Nesbø, Ann Cleeves, Don Winslow and more. See the program and book tickets here.

Thursday 10 September: QUT and William Robinson Gallery present this conversation between two creatives; best-selling author Nick Earls and composer Lawrence English, discussing By the Book, an immersive experience drawing on Earl’s novella A New Perspective. More info and book here.

Monday 14 September: UTS launch their 34th student body anthology – Empty Sky: UTS Writers’ Anthology online, with Bri Lee and select readings by feature authors. See details and book here.

15 – 16 September: Meeting Place is an online two-day, disability-led program featuring national and international artists and presenters and is centred around the 2020 theme ‘Creating Space’. See the program and register here.

Wednesday 16 September: Join Michael Mohammed Ahmad, editor of our recently published “After Australia”, as he hosts three writers—Khalid Warsame, Hannah Donnelly and Michelle Law—from this groundbreaking collection to discuss the ways in which they use speculative futures grounded in a sense of place to imagine the future of Australia, and after. Online from 12:30pm, more info here.

Friday 18 September: Avid Reader invites you to Krissy Kneen in conversation with fungal biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake, author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. Tickets $5, book here.

Saturday 19 September: Join the community online for the 2020 Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, a full day of panel discussions. See the program and book online here.

Thursday 24 September: Jessie Stephens chats with bestselling author Jane Harper, ahead of her new book The Survivors, about the book, her writing and research process. RSVP free here.

Tuesday, 29 September: Presented by Better Read Events, Jock Serong and Kate Mildenhall discus the common themes in their new novels The Burning Island and The Mother Fault. Free event, book here.

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