Writing On Our Calendar / March 2021


March is right around the corner, and we have rounded up a whole slew of literary events for you to add to your calendar.


2 March: March Tuesday Night Book Club – Discussing The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Head to Harry Hartog Warringah Mall for their March Book Club to discuss Elif Batuman’s coming-of-age story The Idiot. The event runs from 6pm to 7.30pm in store. Register here.

7 March: All About Women at the Sydney Opera House
All About Women has a stellar line-up in of international and Australian thinkers including Isabel Allende, Caitlin Moran and Koa Beck. Hear them interrogate a range of topics impacting the lives of women. Get your tickets.

Image source: Sydney Opera House

7, 14, and 28 March: G&T and Poetry (poetry appreciation club)
Free and open to all, anyone can come and read out a poem from the book chosen by the group and join in on the discussion. This is a lovely way to learn more about Australian poetry. Details here.

8 March: Josephine Taylor, ‘Eye of a Rook’ with Better Read than Dead
On International Women’s Day, celebrate Josephine Taylor’s debut novel, Eye of a Rook. Josephine will be in conversation with Cassandra Atherton on a Zoom event hosted by Better Read than Dead. Register now.

8 March: Future Women x Hachette Australia International Women’s Day 2021 Author Panel
Future Women’s CEO and author Jamila Rizvi will lead a powerful discussion on seeking justice for women with Walkley-award winning journalist Louise Milligan, writer and musician Nardi Simpson, and youth activist Daisy Jeffrey. Buy a ticket here.

Image source: Future Women

8 March: International Women’s Day – Author Talk with Jessica North
Head to Penrith City Library to hear author Jessica North speak about her book, Esther. The event will run from 10.30am to 11.30am. Book your ticket here.

9 March: How to be Australian discussion with Little Latinas Bookclub
Join Little Latinas Bookclub online from 6.30pm to hear from Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of the memoir How to be Australian. The event will take place on Zoom. Make sure to register here.

9 March: March Book Club – Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Join Harry Hartog Bondi Junction for their March book club. They will be discussing the 2020 Man Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain, from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Register here.

11 March: Reflections – Nicole Abadee in conversation with Robert Drewe
Presented by the State Library of NSW, hear Nicole Abadee speak with leading writer Robert Drewe on his contribution to Australian literature. Robert is the author of many iconic books including The Bodysurfers, The Shark Net and The Drowner. Get in-person or online tickets here.

12 March: Poetry and Weaving Workshop at Wollongong Botanic Garden, with Red Room Poetry
In collaboration with Red Room Poetry, weaver and poet Anne-Marie Te Whiu will guide you as you create an object and write the roots of an accompanying poem. This is a free Covid-safe workshop. Make sure to register your spot here.

13 March: Queerstories at the Giant Dwarf
Head to Queerstories for an evening of storytelling celebrating the LGBTQI+ community. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, speakers include Imogen Kelly, Rosie Piper and Ani Sidzamba, with more to be announced. Register here.

13-14 March: Writers at the Woolshed – A Festival for Writers and Readers
Writers at the Woolshed invites writers and readers to experience an ecological cattle farm on the Southwest Slopes of Southern NSW. Listen to writers in conversation, enjoy presentations by internationally recognised authors, and be inspired by the Murray Valley landscape. Find more information here.

18 March: Barry Divola on ‘Driving Stevie Fracasso’, with Better Read than Dead
Journalist and author Barry Divola will be speaking about his new novel, Driving Stevie Fracasso. Barry will be speaking with Trent Dalton, #1 bestselling author. This event will be on Zoom, hosted by Better Read than Dead. Register here.

18 March: The B List with Bri Lee & Alice Procter
Is it possible to ‘decolonise’ our galleries? Bri Lee speaks with Alice Procter, art historian and author of critically acclaimed The Whole Picture: The colonial story of art in our museums & why we need to talk about it. Register for this free event here.

Image source: State Library of NSW

18 March: Brisbane Writers Festival – Author/Editor: Maxine Beneba-Clarke & Robert Watkins
In this online event, bestselling author Maxine Beneba-Clarke and Ultimo Press’ publishing director Robert Watkins discuss their working relationship in the publishing industry. Get access to this event here.

25 March: Reflections – Nicole Abadee in conversation with Anna Funder
Presented by the State Library of NSW, journalist Nicole Abadee speaks with Anna Funder, acclaimed author of Stasiland and All That I Am. The event takes place from 6-7pm, with in-person and online tickets. Book here.

26-28 March: Write Here! Festival
Presented by Lake Macquarie Libraries, this festival is full of author events, writing workshops, publishing panels and more. Join 42 local and national authors at Rathmines Theatre for a very literary weekend. Head here for the program.

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