Writing On Our Calendar / April 2021


Fill your April with these wonderful writing events. There’s a mix of online and in-person events including Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Stella Prize award night, book launches, poetry slam workshops and more.


1 April: Fiona Murphy, ‘The Shape of Sound’, with Better Read than Dead
Fiona Murphy will discuss The Shape of Sound, her memoir about being deaf and unlearning habits of secrecy.She will be in conversation with acclaimed author Fiona Wright. You can head instore for this event or attend on Zoom. RSVP now.

3 April: Rick Morton, ‘My Year of Living Vulnerably’, with Better Read Than Dead
Author Rick Morton launches his new book with Elle Fanning, a book about getting better and rediscovering love. Th eevent takes place at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newtown. Reserve your spot.

8 April: Reflections – Nicole Abadee in conversation with Markus Zusak
Head to the State Library of NSW to hear Nicole interview Markus Zusak, the internationally bestselling author of six novels including The Book Thief, Bridge of Clay and The Messenger. The event will be in the Metcalfe Auditorium, from 6 to 7pm. Buy your ticket.

Image source: State Library of NSW

8 April: Sheila Fitzpatrick – ‘White Russians, Red Peril’
Sheila Fitzpatrick will discuss her new book White Russians, Red Peril with Dr Ruth Balint. This book is a gripping account of the paths that led postwar Russian migrants to Australia, and what they faced upon their arrival. The event is hosted by Gleebooks and will start from 6pm. Book your spot.

13-16 April: Word on the Street – poetry, writing & spoken word workshops
Presented by Addison Road Community Organisation for Youth Week 2021, Word on the Street is a series of workshops presented by experienced writers and performers across Sydney. Young people aged 12-24 can join any of the workshops and then present their wok at the open mic Slam event on Friday 16 April. Click here for more info.

Image source: Addison Road Community Organisation

13-14 April: Is There Something Wrong With that Lady? at Griffin Theatre
In a hilarious and excruciatingly honest one-woman show, Debra Oswald tells stories about her neurotic childhood, clumsy romantic history, and the anxieties and joys of the writer’s life. Book your ticket.

15 April: Author/Editor #03 – Nardi Simpson & Grace-Lucas Pennington
In this online event, editor Grace Lucas-Pennington and author Nardi Simpson will discuss their collaboration on Nardi’s debut novel Song of the Crocodile. They will discuss issues of representing Indigenous experience and cultural consideration when working with Indigenous stories. Book a ticket.

15 April: Poetry & Song – Hani Abdile
Head to Garden Lounge Creative Space in Newtown for an evening of live poetry and music. This event will feature poet and musician Hani Abdile. Go here for more details.

15 April: Library After Hours program at Corrimal Library
Wollongong City Libraries are introducing a new program to provide a safe, low-sensory and welcoming space for families living with autism or whose children are more comfortable in a low-sensory environment. There will be the chance to do fun activities, borrow books, or just chill out. Bookings are essential. Corrrimal Library is hosting the event in April. Bookings are essential.

21 April: Bondi Literary Salon
Head to Gertrude & Alice Bookstore for the next Bondi Literary Salon book club. Hosted by Lucy Pearson, they will be discussing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. Arrive in store at 6.45pm. Get your tickets here.

21 April: Sisters in Crime Present – Candice Fox with Sue Turnbull
Join Candice Fox in conversation with Sue Turnbull, as they launch Sisters in Crime NSW and Candice’s new book The Chase. The free event will take place at Gleebooks from 6pm. Book a ticket.

21 April: Poetry Slam Workshop for ages 18-25
Australian Poetry Slam and Word Travels present this workshop for aspiring performance poets aged 18-25. Performance coach Mel Ree will help participants find new ways to express their ideas in-person at Randwick Library. Book a free ticket here.

22 April: The 2021 Stella Prize Award Night
The winner of the 2021 Stella Prize will be announced in this free online event. Join them for an evening of storytelling and ideas featuring all six Stella shortlistees, Amy Thunig presenting the Stella Address, and music from Emma Donovan and the Putbacks. Reserve your spot.

Image source: The Stella Prize

22 April: Australian Poetry Slam Heat at the Ritz Cinema
Join the audience or sign up to perform at this Australian Poetry Slam Heat. First-timers and experienced spoken word performers are all welcome, with great prizes awaiting the top three performances. Mel Ree will host this heat. Register here.

26 April to 2 May: Sydney Writers’ Festival
The Sydney Writers’ Festival is returning for the year with a splendid mix of in-person and online events. The festival will feature local authors including Melissa Lucashenko and Bruce Pascoe, as well as international authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Rachel Cusk. Take a look at the full program here.

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