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 […]

 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 […]

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 […]

Join 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. […]


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 […]


We at WestWords are thrilled to announce, together with Parramatta Artists Studios, that illustrator Liz Annelli will be Artist in Residence at PAS for two weeks this November. Liz’s time in residence (5 – 23 November 2016) at the Parramatta Artists Studios will be split between working directly with WestWords (workshops, school visits, exhibitions) and developing her own work in response to her experience in Western […]

After the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist this week we would like to offer our congratulations to all of those shortlisted, but especially to our friends Tohby Riddle and Giramondo Publishing. Author and illustrator Tohby Riddle’s The Greatest Gatsby: a visual book of grammar (Penguin Random House Australia) has been shortlisted for the Children’s Fiction […]