Literary Events

Workshop, Annual General Meeting & Literary Event - Wednesday 10 August 2021

Workshop - Julie Thorndyke and Beverley George: Talking about Tanka

Time:  10:15 am to 12:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $35, non-members $45

Past and present editors of Eucalypt: a tanka journal will guide you through a workshop outlining the basic conventions of writing contemporary tanka poems in English. Please bring your questions, draft tanka poems and/or notebook jottings to the workshop in a friendly morning of collaborative poetry sharing. 


Special Time for Chatting with your Friends

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Free!

Take this opportunity to sit and talk with your friends or even meet someone new in the Dixson Room – totally casual.

Please note: Food and drinks (other than water) cannot be consumed in the State Library but you can grab some lunch and coffee/tea at:

Glasshouse Cafe at the State Library, Macquarie Street
Library Cafe, 1 Shakespeare Place
Cafe Trim, 6 Macquarie Street
or other cafes located in various buildings nearby


Literary Event

Time:  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Place:  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $20, non-members $35

Annual General Meeting

The formal business of The Society’s AGM will be conducted, including election of the new Committee for the next 12 months.


Member Speaker – Dr Carmel Bendon

Carmel will talk about her brand new book The Mystics Who Came to Dinner 


Guest Speaker – Rebecca Conway: Footprints and footnotes: writing with Yolngu

Rebecca Conway is a curator at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney. In her talk, Footprints and footnotes: writing with Yolngu, she will discuss working collaboratively with Aboriginal artists and arts workers in three Yolngu communities in eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Together they developed and wrote the exhibition, Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolngu foundations for the opening of the Chau Chak Wing Museum in 2020, and the publication, Djalkiri: Yolngu art, collaborations and collections published by Sydney University Press and longlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards for Australian History 2021. Rebecca will discuss some of the unique challenges of this work in cross-cultural writing.  


Book and pay:

Workshop:  Members $35, non-members $45
Literary event:  Members $20, non-members $35

Discount for full program (Workshop and Literary Event) when booked together:  
Members $50non-members $75

By Credit card:

or by Direct debit:

      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
      BSB: 062 018
      Account:  00950433
      Code:  VM

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      with your name, receipt number and date of event