The Jacarandas are blooming and things are heating up as the year is coming to a close! There are still literary events all around town. There’s Christmas tales, poetry in park gazebos and train rides across India!
Looking to the New Year we have our Playwriting Festival on 19 March. We’re looking for directors, producers and actors to sign up for our playwriting speed dating! Held at the festival, playwriting speed dating is a great way to network and share ideas with the Sydney theatre community! Check our website on how to apply here.
4 December – Classics at Customs: India’s Disappearing Railways
Catherine Anderson gives an illustrated talk on India’s Disappearing Railways, a photographic journey recorded by her late partner the Australian photojournalist and travel writer, Angus McDonald, and published posthumously. McDonald died in 2013 while travelling in Myanmar, a year after becoming ill with terminal cancer. McDonald grew up in India and spent five years compiling India’s Disappearing Railways as a tribute to the country he loved. India’s narrow-gauge railways cross some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and his stunning photography showcases an intimate and humorous portrait of life on the lines. Friday 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM @ Customs House Library. Free entry, booking essential though through here.
7 December – Story Club: A Very Story Christmas
Stories about egg nog and spewing on reindeers and mistletoe and ghastly gifts and Dirty Uncle Christmas. Featuring; Richard Glover (702 Broadcaster, Author), Craig Anderson (Comedian Plus Actor Plus Writer), Susie Youssef (How Not to Behave), Lewis Hobba (Triple J), Zoe Norton Lodge (Stories). With Musical Hosts: Benny Davis & The Santasaurus!! Monday, 7:30pm @ Story Club, 199 Cleveland St, Surry Hills.Tickets: $20 Book online here.
8 December – Avant Gaga #22 @ Sappho
Final poetry night of 2015 at Sappho with guest poets Jane Gibian, Astrid Lorange, Nick Whittock and one other to be confirmed, plus the usual open mic section. Come along for drinks and tapas too! Tuesday, 7pm, @ Sappho Books Café and Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Free as always.
9 December – Society of Women Writers’ Christmas Luncheon
Featuring speakers Liz Taylor and Susanne Gervay. Also Dr Maria Hill PhD will present a workshop: Writing about the past: Guidelines on what you ‘do’ and ‘don’t do’. The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. welcomes newcomers to our monthly Literary Luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month. Wednesday 10am -11.50am Workshop 12.00pm to 2.30pm Literary lunch with guest speaker and member talks. Held at the Dixson room, State Library of NSW Workshop $30.00 for members or $35 non-members. Literary Lunch $70.00 members or $75.00 non-members. Bookings are required by 10am on the Monday before the meeting—please book by email if you have access to a computer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
12 December – Subbed In #5: roses really don’t smell like poo poo
Subbed in is a reading series happening in Sydney. Wordplaying the field and punching well above its weight, subbed in showcases the literary talents of local and interstate champions, proving itself to be the grandstand for dazzling seasonal debuts and career comebacks.
Whatever your opinions on roses and poopoo might be, subbed in #5 promises to be a chill arvo of prosaic and poetic pearlers from a variety of writers. Saturday, 5:30pm@ Camperdown Park band rotunda (next to the disused bowling club/not to be confused with ‘Camperdown memorial rest park’). Free entry! More information here.
14 December – Little Fictions: Things that make you go hmmm
Little Fictions is packed with offbeat stories to make you smile, seriously weird stories and tales that will have you pondering the universe. Adam Norris, the funniest, literary man in town will intro these quirky tales from Alec Patric (The Rattler & other stories), Mark O’Flynn (White Light), Julie Koh (Capital Misfits) as well as finely-crafted, entertaining microlit from Stephanie King, Matthew Gabriel, Bry Throssell and Richard Holt.
Come along to this event which is guaranteed to be a welcome relief from tinsel and canned Christmas carols in malls. It will be an oasis. Come early to grab a boutique beer, speccy wine or cocktail. Bar snacks and meals available. Lucky door prizes. Monday 7pm Little Fictions at Knox St Bar, Chippendale. Visit webpage.
18-20 December – Poetry & Mindfulness