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IN OTHER WORDS is calling for writers, illustrators, literary translators and graphic novelists who work in a language other than English.

 

Over an 8-week paid residency at artists will produce a new literary work in a community language. Artists will work from the studio of LOST IN BOOKS, the multilingual kids’ bookshop in Fairfield.

 

The residency is open to emerging artists from Western Sydney, and established artists.

 

Applications close on 10 August 2017.

For more information, or to apply online, go to hwww.lostinbooks.com.au/inotherwords/

 

IN OTHER WORDS is presented by Think+DO Tank Foundation.

 

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Create NSW is calling on emerging content creators and storytellers from diverse backgrounds across the state to apply for up to 15 places at the NSW State TALENT CAMP, a new program in partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia.

Responding to audience demand for rich and engaging stories and the industry’s concern about the lack of diversity in the Australian screen sector, TALENT CAMPprovides an opportunity for new talent, new perspectives and new voices that reflect the richness and depth of contemporary Australian society.

The week-long TALENT CAMP will focus on story development, screen producing and career pathways, and will be held in Sydney between 18th – 22nd September 2017 by industry experts including renowned producer Kath Shelper (Black ComedySamson & DelilahRuben Guthrie) and story developer Brita McVeigh.

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ANNOUNCING TOOLKITS: LIVE

WITH OMAR MUSA, TONY BIRCH, ELENA GOMEZ,
EVELYN ARALUEN AND BELLA LI

Express Media is pleased to present Toolkits: Live, a series of live streamed events for young writers across Australia to kickstart their creative writing.

Toolkits is a program in which a select group of young writers develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment, with facilitators Jennifer Down and Melody Paloma.

But Toolkits doesn’t stop there. Toolkits: Live is an accessible online opportunity for all young writers to learn from the best and brightest wordsmiths in Australia. Through a series of live streamed YouTube sessions and an interactive social media conversation, participants can develop their writing skillset and hone their craft—all in the comfort of their own homes.

Participants will learn the ropes of voice, setting and editing in fiction from Omar Musa, Tony Birch and Elena Gomez, the history of Indigenous stories in poetry with Evelyn Araluen, and the intricacies of visual art and poetry with Bella Li. Toolkits: Liveoffers the opportunity to ask burning questions and engage live on social media, using the hashtag #EMToolkits. Best of all, the sessions are totally free and open to the general public.

YOU’RE THE VOICE (TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT) WITH OMAR MUSA

Whose story are you telling? How are you (or your
characters) telling it? What makes dialogue sound real? Join Omar Musa – poet, spoken-word superstar and author of the Miles Franklin-longlisted novel Here Come the Dogs – to look at strategies for crafting an authentic, strong narrative voice. Challenge your understanding of the ethics in storytelling and get in tune with sounds of your story.
TUESDAY JULY 11, 6:30PM

Join the conversation and livestream this event.

ABORIGINAL HISTORIES AND POETRY WITH EVELYN ARALUEN

Why is it so important to create space for Aboriginal voices in our literary institutions? Join Evelyn Araluen to explore the history of Aboriginal writers in Australian literature; from ancestral songs and stories to contemporary poetics; and learn why everyone benefits from the ethical representation and reception of Aboriginal writing.
TUESDAY AUGUST 1, 6:30PM

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READY, GET SET(TING), GO WITH TONY BIRCH

Setting is about more than just a story’s location – it’s the time period, environment, climate, landscape and culture of your writing. How can we create a sense of place without physical descriptors? How can we write about places we’ve never seen, or make up our own locations? Can we write place as its own real and convincing character? Join award-winning author Tony Birch to discover the intersections between between setting and environment, and their relationship to place.
TUESDAY AUGUST 8, 6:30PM

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POETRY AND VISUAL ART WITH BELLA LI

The relationship between poetry and visual art has a long and expansive history. This week we’re talking collaboration, interdisciplinary approaches and ekphrasis with Bella Li, to consider the various ways in which we can develop our poetry practice through incorporating the visual.
TUESDAY AUGUST 29, 6:30PM

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EDITING AND SUBMITTING YOUR WORK WITH ELENA GOMEZ

Now that you’ve finished a draft of your story, what do you do with it? Join poet, essayist and book editor Elena Gomez to break down the nuts and bolts of fiction and learn how to edit out the guff and bring out the detail you need to make a story sing. Learn how to self-edit, refine and revise your work, the dos and don’ts of submission processes, and how to approach your favourite publications.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30PM

Join the conversation and livestream this event.

For more information about the Toolkits program, including Toolkits: Live, visit the Express Media website.

Toolkits is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
 
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In case you’ve been hitting the books too hard lately and haven’t heard, this year the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Young Adult (YA) literature program will have its very own festival venue, All Day YA at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on Saturday May 27.

As part of the festival weekend, lovers of YA fiction will find an entire precinct dedicated to the celebration of the best in youth literature hosted by the festival’s YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney (aka vlogger Little Book Owl) and supported by the City of Parramatta. In between literary events, YA fans will be able to mingle in the theatre courtyard space, which will have Gleebooks, food trucks, a photo booth, music and more, in true festival style!

The 2017 YA program is bringing the best of YA international superstars as well as our own Australian heroes. From one-on-one conversations to panel discussions featuring both beloved authors and emerging voices, this year’s program tackles everything from diversity in YA fiction to how female writers are defying stereotypes. The festival opens with #LoveOzYA stars Will Kostakis, Danielle Binks, Gabrielle Tozer, and Jaclyn Moriarty celebrating Oz YA in a special session on their anthology Begin, End, Begin. International guests include: Jennifer Niven whose first YA novel All the Bright Places is set to hit the big screen in 2018; author of the new DC Comics She-Hulk series and cutting-edge graphic novel This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki; insta-poet, multimedia artist and feminist activist Rupi Kaur on her journey to critical acclaim with her self-published poetry collection and New York Times bestseller, milk and honey; and bestselling author of One and Apple and Rain Sarah Crossan on the art of verse. Australian favourites include: writer Garth Nix of Sabriel and Frogkisser! fame, Illuminae and Gemina co-author Amie Kaufman, critic and novelist James Bradley and fantasy writer Lynette Noni who will all talk about creating characters across a series.

TeenCon returns this year with the inside scoop on publishing YA fiction, along with quizzes, competitions and prizes to be won. There’s also a Real Talk showcase of some of the freshest, newest voices of writing today with Western Sydney school students performing their award-winning spoken word poetry, hosted by Sara Mansour from Bankstown Poetry Slam.

Tickets cost $15 per event or $50 for a five-event pass. Bookings 02 8839 3399,www.riversideparramatta.com.au

For more details check out the All Day YA program which can also be found on the SWF website.

BROWSE THE PROGRAM

 

ZineWest Competition and Publication for Aspiring Western Sydney Writers and Artists

Do you write poetry, prose, drama, cartoons?   Do your fingers twitch and itch for the pen or the brush or lens?

It’s time to enter the  ZineWest 2017 competition for  your opportunity to be published in print or present your work to a live audience.

Details:

Entrants must be 16 years and over with a connection to Western Sydney through work, home, study or membership of a Western Sydney cultural organisation.

Deadline for writing: Sunday 28 May 2017.

Deadline for art:  Sunday  25 June 2017

Guest judge for writing: Luke Carman.

First prize for writing is a cash prize of $400,  2nd and 3rd place receive titles from Giramondo.

Best Image: $100

Zine Word: $100

ZineWest is a great place to publish your shorter works. Co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU,  ZineWest winners have been included in editions of AWAW and this year, some ZineWest writers have been re-published in a new Romanian/Australian journal Pounding the Pavement launched on 25th March at the NSW State Library.

ZineWest publishes 30-34 entries and offer 10 more entrants a place at ZineWest Word which follows the zine launch on 7th October at UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta. Entrants need to be 16 years or over, with a connection to Western Sydney and not yet trade published except in multi-author journals. ZineWest is a not-for-profit project of NEW Writers’ Group Inc.

For more details go to nwg-inc.com/word

or see: . ZW Writing Entry Form   ZW Art EntryForm

 

Queries to:  newwritersgroup@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Are you 18-28, Iraqi or Iraqi Australian and have something to say?

Do you enjoy making things happen and believe that young people should be heard?

Apply now for the Iraqi Youth Speak Up! training program and get the skills and experience needed to produce and deliver a cultural event. The program covers everything from programming to marketing to budgets and contracts.

Delivered by Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) in partnership with the Iraqi Australian University Graduate Forum, the program is FREE and will train and mentor a small group to develop and produce a public youth forum event for the 2017 Shanasheel Iraqi Cultural Festival at Fairfield Art Gallery & Museum.

More information: http://ice.org.au/project/iraqi-speak-up/

Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GRDG87

Questions? Email Victoria Harbutt: victoria.harbutt@ice.org.au

APPLY BY 10 APRIL 2017.

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Blume Illustration

 Come celebrate the launch of an exciting new magazine that showcases illustrators, writers, artists and designers from the Blue Mountains!

You are invited to drinks and canapes to launch the inaugural issue of Blume Illustrated Magazine Issue#1 in the newly decorated ballroom of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. 

DATE AND TIME

Thu. 30 March 2017

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Blume Illustrated will distribute an edition of 5000 free 52 page, full colour magazines produced by Blue Mountains illustrators, writers, artists and designers. Blume Illustrated has a primary vision to shine a bright light on the many creative talents who call the Blue Mountains home and their colleagues from near and far, and to promote the first Blume Illustration Festival to be held in Katoomba in May 2017 (more details on that to come!)

There will also be a small exhibition of archival prints from the portfolio of Blume’s cover story illustrator, Margaret Clark (1901-2001) who spent some of her childhood and retirement in the Blue Mountains.

Margaret’s youngest son, Blue Mountains resident Mark Stanfield and her grand niece, Vivien Wells will be Blume’s special guests, along with Blume sponsors and contributors, to celebrate Margaret’s remarkable talent and the birth of this unique new publication.

Join the party and support the many creative talents who have volunteered their time and talents to bring you the first Blume Illustrated Magazine, hot off the press!

WHERE TO GO:

The Carrington Hotel

15-47 Katoomba Street

Katoomba, NSW 2780

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TICKETS AND INFO: Tickets are $18 — complementary magazine, wine and canapés included.  For more details or to book go to:  www.blumeillustrated.com.au

 

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CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS FOR REGIONAL NSW WRITERS

Applications open from tomorrow: Wednesday 15 March

Varuna, the National Writers House invites writers living in regional New South Wales and the greater Sydney area to apply for a two-week residency at this historic home in the Blue Mountains. Writers who have been awarded a LitLink Fellowship have said:

‘Beautiful setting, inspiring house – home of Eleanor Dark, the library is vast, the food magnificent, room and writing areas fantastic – where else could all this happen?’;

‘Quite overwhelming, enthusiastic comments and very generous advice from a very experienced published author inspires an aspiring writer no end”;

and ‘To be able to write without interruption is a unique experience; it allows absorption into the process of writing of your whole self, mind and body (and no need to cook!).

Funded by Arts NSW, Varuna offers five LitLink Fellowships to writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry and narrative non-fiction.

Residency dates for 2017 are 11-24 September.

For full details of the program and to apply, go to The LitLink Residential Fellowships at www.varuna.com.au or phone: (02) 4782 5674

Closing Date for applications: 30 April 2017 (Applications open from 15 March)

 

 

Tohby in a bookJoin award-winning author/illustrator Tohby Riddle and children’s book publisher Margaret Hamilton for a day of guidance and mentorship on creating children’s picture books. This can involve your existing project or a new idea for a picture book.

This is an invaluable opportunity for aspiring illustrators or those working on a project who need input and guidance.

All ages and levels of experience welcome.

When: Saturday 25 February 10am – 4pm

Cost: $160 including tea and coffee.  BYO lunch.

Bookings essential. For more details and to book contact Pinerolo, The Children’s Book Cottage, 116 Shipley Rd, Blackheath. Phone  (02) 4787 8492

www.pinerolo.com.au

Tohby Riddle

 

Tohby Riddle  is an award-winning artist and writer whose deceptively simple illustrations contain the most fascinating detail. His picture books charm children and all lovers of illustration. His beautiful books include Unforgotten, Nobody Owns the Moon, The Royal Guest, The Greatest Gatsby and his latest Milo, A Moving Story.

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During this workshop Tohby will draw on his wide and varied experience, as an author, illustrator and editor, to provide fascinating personal, professional insights into the craft of creating picture books. He will also share his progress on a new book in development.

Nobody Owns The Moon Dog and Bird See the Moon The Great City Zoo Escape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret HamiltonMargaret Hamilton Books, which specialised in picture books, achieved international success and a reputation for high quality books, many of them award winners. Margaret now runs Pinerolo, her children’s book cottage at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains where she promotes picture books and their creators. Her first picture book B is for Bedtime, illustrated by Anna Pignataro, was published by Little Hare in 2014 and it was chosen by the CBCA as a 2015 Notable Australian Children’s Book. Her second, Counting Through the Day was published in 2016 and a third is in preparation. Original artwork for both these books is for sale at Pinerolo.

 

 

 

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There is so much happening in the way of poetry over the next few months! Events, slams, festivals and workshops, including more events from our friends The Red Room, with whom we have collaborated throughout 2016 to commission ten emerging and early career poets as part of The Disappearing project. Read more here. Hopefully you can make it to some of these:

Saturday 12 November, 3.00 for 3.30 pm –David Malouf will launch Puncher and Wattmann’s major new anthology: Contemporary Australian Poetry (696pp), edited by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson and David Musgrave. Ten years in preparation, and collecting the work of the past twenty-five years, the anthology provides a comprehensive new perspective on a rich and exciting period in Australian poetry. The ANZAC Room, 1st Floor, Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington. Free entry. All welcome.

Saturday 12 November, 4.00–6.00 pm – Women Of Words will present event two of Stand Up and Speak Out: Breaking the Silence on Violence, featuring poets Catherine Knight, Rhiannon Pryor, Jean Kent, Cecelia White and Meg Dunn. $10 entry. Vinyl Café, 4 Perkins Street, Newcastle All proceeds to the Hunter Women’s Centre. $10 entry.

Sunday 13 November– Word Travels will present Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Finalist Nardine, National Finalist Troy Wong and 2015 National Champion Philip Wilcox performing sets throughout the day on the Heartbeat stage at the Newtown Festival. (Check the festival website for details.)

Sunday 13 November, 3.00–5.00 pm – Eastern Suburbs Poetry Group will hold its next regular monthly meeting. Members will read their own poems, with each poem being followed by a discussion in a supportive environment. All styles and forms supported. First floor, Waverley Library, 32 Denison Street, Bondi Junction. Enquiries ycalder@hotmail.com or neumannc@ozemail.com.au.

Tuesday 15 November, 6.30-7.30 p.m. – In celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day, local poet Eric Avery will perform his compelling new work, including his poetry commissioned for the New Shoots project. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. Sutherland Shire Library, 30–36 Belmont Street, Sutherland. Gold coin donation.

Tuesday 15 November, from 6.30 pm – Poets at the Petersham Bowlo, hosted by Mark Marusic and Barry Sargent. Open mic format (mainly poems, but also short stories, anecdotes, jokes, acoustic music). Bar and bistro open. 77 Brighton St Petersham. Info: Mark 0410 054 756.

Wednesday 16 November, 10.00 am–12.00 noon – U3A Hornsby Poetry Appreciation group with Jocey Pittman, will discuss a selection of poems by a poet chosen by members at the previous meeting. Copies of the poems will be supplied The group will also choose the poet for the next meeting. Hornsby Library, 28–44 George Street, Hornsby. Free after joining U3A. Contact Anne Eagar on 0439 080 137 or at eagarl1@optusnet.com.au.

Thursday, 17 November–Saturday, 10 November – The Red Room Company and the Big Fat Smile Gallery, will host Poetry Object Exhibition, an interactive exhibition that celebrates the winning and highly commended entries from the Poetry Object 2016 competition. Award-winning poems will be suspended from driftwood branches. Visitors will be able to listen to narrated poems and have the opportunity to contribute to a group typewriter poem and test the different surrealist writing exercises in the space. Big Fat Smile Gallery, Level 1, 98 Railway Street, Corrimal. Free Entry. Launch and announcement of winners, Thursday 17 November, 12.00-1.30 pm. Free entry.

Saturday 19 November, 12.00 noon-4.00 pm – Poetry Object Exhibition Family Fun Day. As part of the exhibition, The Red Room Company and Big Fat Smile will host a drop-in workshop day led by practising poets and artists. Students of all ages can experiment with language and art-making exercises to create personal responses inspired by special objects. ig Fat Smile Gallery, Level 1, 98 Railway Street, Corrimal NSW. Free Entry.

Saturday 19 November, 3.00–5.00 pm – Luke Fischer will launch J. H. Crone’s Our Lady of the Fence Post, an imaginative verse-narrative response to reports of the appearance of a Marian apparition on the site of a memorial for victims of the Bali bombing. Upstairs at the Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe. Free entry, but RSVP (for numbers) by Wednesday 16 November to: jenniferhcrone@gmail.com.

Saturday 19 November, 4.00–6.00 pm – Women Of Words will present event three of Stand Up and Speak Out: Breaking the Silence on Violence, featuring poets Judy Johnson, Gillian Swain, Chris Mansell, Debbie Robson and Anne Walsh. $10 entry. Vinyl Café, 4 Perkins Street, Newcastle All proceeds to the Hunter Women’s Centre.

Sunday 20 November, 3.30 for 4.00 pm – Diana Weston will launch Rosemary Dobson in Words and Music. Rosemary Dobson recorded eight of her poems during the 1970s. Leonie Gambage will read the poems, accompanied by musicians including Shaun Ng (viola da gamba and lute) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Upstairs at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Free entry, but RSVP for numbers on (02) 9660 2333 or at events@gleebooks.com.au.

Wednesday 23 November, 7.30 pm (doors open) – Live Poets will present Sydney – my Muse! City of Word, Song and Vision. George Clark will present the work of Kenneth Slessor, DiVerse Group of Poets (Marcelle Freiman, Margaret Bradstock, Sheryl Persson, Louise Wakeling and Garry McDougall – introduced by Rob Kennedy) will read their poems inspired by Sydney artists from Margaret Preston to Brett Whiteley, and audience members will be encouraged to present poems, songs inspired by Sydney. Limericks to Sydney will be sprinkled through the evening, and there will be a presentation of the 2016 awards. Live Poets @ Don Bank, 6 Napier St North Sydney. $7 entry includes supper and drinks. Further info/bookings: Danny Gardner (Convenor) (02) 9896 6956 Mobile 0422 263 373 or dannylivepoets@yahoo.com.au.

Thursday 24 November, 6.30 pm– The Wollongong Writers Festival will present the Texas to the Gong Poetry Duet Slam and the Enough Said Poetry Slam. Five poets from the Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong will compete with five poets from MicCheck in Texas, who will appear vis Skype. Feature poets will be poetry duo dance act Madi Mae Parker and Francesca Willow. Jane’s Cafe, 1/40-42 Flinders St, Wollongong. Entry $10. Bookings (optional) at http://www.wollongongwritersfestival.com/events-2/.

 Friday 25 November, 6.30–7.00 pm – Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs will launch Sydney poet Hani Abdile’s new collection of poetry at 107 Projects, 107 Regent Street, Redfern. Free entry, no bookings required.

Friday 25 November, 7.10–9.00 pm – Word Travels will present from the USA, The Body is Not and Apology founder Sonya Renee Taylor and the Be Beautiful Project founder Denise Jolly. Plus two duos: Spare Pages (USA and Australia) and One Thousand Promises Tour (USA and UK). 107 Projects, 107 Regent Street, Redfern. Tickets $32.35 at www.wordtravels.info.

Saturday 26 November, 4.00 pm – Bill Tibben will Launch Tony Scanlon’s Flying Blind: New & Selected Poetry (1985-2015) at the Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Join us for readings of some of Tony’s work, music and refreshments but please RSVP suewildman@bigpond.com for numbers.

 Sunday 27 November – Wollongong Writers Festival:

 1.30–5.30 pm – Wollongong Writers Festival will celebrate an Afternoon of Poetry at Jane’s Cafe, 1/40-42 Flinders St, Wollongong. $10 Gets you entry to all poetry events on this date.

1.30–2.00 pm – The launch of Poetry magazine, the Australian edition, edited by Robert Adamson. Poetry Magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912. The magazine has published a new issue every month for one hundred years. Plus readings from the magazine and from Net Needle by Robert Adamson and Robbie Coburn.

 2.00–3.30 pm – Judith Beveridge and Stephen Edgar will feature in Rocket Readings, plus an open mic section with a three minute limit.

3.30–3.45 pm – A Ben Frater Retrospective, featuring Ben Frater reading his work on YouTube.

3.30–4.30 pm – The Maddest Tea Party will feature Tim Heffernan, Alise Blayney, Phillip Hall, Robbie Coburn, Michele Seminara, Ariel Riveros Pavez and Robert Adamson, who will explore their experience of illness and recovery through poetry.

4.30–5.30 pm – Mad Poets Reading will feature the poets from the panel and those who participated in the workshop in October will read from their work.

Bookings (optional) for this event at http://www.wollongongwritersfestival.com/events-2/.

Sunday 27 November, 2.00 pm –Poetry Sydney will present poet, editor, deputy-chair of Australian Poetry Ltd, and three-time director of the Australian Poetry Festival Martin Langford in discussion with Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees, Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, at the Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills. Free entry, thanks to sponsorship of J.P. Morgan.

Sunday 27 November, 4.00–6.00 pm – Women Of Words will present event four of Stand Up and Speak Out: Breaking the Silence on Violence, featuring poets Gabrielle Jones, Dael Allison, Kerri Shying and Linda Ireland. Good Brothers Espresso, 40 King Street, Newcastle. $10 entry. All proceeds to the White Ribbon Organisation. (This event is registered as a White Ribbon event.)

Wednesday 30 November, 10.00 am–12.00 noon – U3A Hornsby Poetry Appreciation group with Jocey Pittman, will discuss a selection of poems by a poet chosen by members at the previous meeting. Copies of the poems will be supplied The group will also choose the poet for the next meeting. Hornsby Library, 28–44 George Street, Hornsby. Free after joining U3A. Contact Anne Eagar on 0439 080 137 or at eagarl1@optusnet.com.au.

Wednesday 30 November, 7.00–9.00 pm – RhiZomiC Poetry will present poet, novelist and visual artist Anna Couani and poet, short-fiction author, writing teacher and chalker of poetry on pavements Sarah St Vincent Welch . Upstairs at Mr Falcon’s, 92 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Free entry.

Thursday 1 December, 6.00 pm – The South Coast Writers Centre will hold a fundraising Gala Dinner featuring poet and comic performer Harry Laing and poet and percussionist Gabe Journey Jones, co-founder of Creative Womyn Down Under, with local poet and writer Garry McDougall as MC. The Postman’s Quarter, 258 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul. Tickets $65 (including meal). Bookings: contact the South Coast Writers Centre, at director@southcoastwriters.org.au  or on (02) 4228 0151.

 Saturday 3 December, 10.00 am–4.00 pm – Ron Pretty will present Telling It Like It Is: Advanced Poetry Workshop, exploring the question of dealing with political, social and religious issues. The workshop, for experienced writers, will consider published poems exploring such issues, and will workshop participants’ poems. NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle. $180/$125 (member)/$110 (concession member). Information and bookings at www.nswwc.org.au or on (02) 9555 9757.

Saturday 3 December, 10.00 am–4.00 pm – Christine Gietz will lead Love For A Day – A Look At Love Poetry, a one-day course exploring love poetry across the centuries and across the genres. No pre-reading necessary, but interested students could refer to Studying Poetry by Barry Spurr. WEA House, 70–72 Bathurst Street, Sydney. $100/$90 (concession). Bookings at www.weasydney.com.au (type ‘poetry’ in home-page search box) or on (02) 9264 2781 ($3 surcharge for phone enrolments).

Saturday 3 December, 5.00–8.00 pm – The South Coast Writers Centre and Sturt Cottage will present the annual Little Mountain Readings Poetry Night, featuring poet Phillip Hall, local poets, students from local schools, plus open mic with prizes, including the coveted Little Mountain Readings’ Lead Logie pencil, and live music. Rhiannon Hall will MC the event Refreshments provided. Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong. Tickets $25/$15 (SCWC members and Friends of Sturt). Bookings: Sturt Cottage on (02) 4860 2083 or SCWC on 02 4228 0151, or at director@southcoastwriters.org.au.

 Sunday 4 December, 3.00 for 3.30pm – Carol Jenkins will launch Barbara Fisher’s new collection, Rescued from Time, at St Luke’s Parish Centre Lower Hall, 4 Heydon Street, Mosman. Free entry but RSVP writer@barbarafisher.com.au by 28 November.

 Monday 5 December, 1.00–3.00 pm – The Hannaford Centre writers’ group (including poets) will hold its next monthly meeting in Activity Room 1 at the Hannaford Centre, Cnr Darling and Nielson Streets, Rozelle. No fees. Free parking usually available in Goodsir Street.

 Tuesday 6 December, 7.30 pm – After many years, Jack Peck will be moving on from WordinHand (although the event will continue under the guidance of Candy Royalle). He will host his final event, featuring spots by Kaveh Arya, Tug Dumbly, Ember Flame, Hawraa Kash, Helen Lyne, Miles Merrill, Lorin Reid and Susan Sleepwriter, plus the usual open mic (sign up on the night). As an ‘Old Folkie’, Jack will finally meet many requests to ‘do a set’ by contributing some blues songs, and stories from a lifetime of loving words. The Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe. $10/$5 donation.

 If you know of other readings, performances, launches, etc., please feel free to let us know by emailing admin@westwords.com.au