May at SCWC

by Yvette Gilfillan


The nights are getting colder, windier and rainier—we haven’t hit full-on Dracula mode yet, reading our books in gothic castles with rain-streaked windows, but it will soon be that time again … mwahah. Slip on your most ostentatious bed socks, pour a steaming mug of hot chocolate and feast your eyes on this month’s schedule.

Wednesday 2nd of May:

Word Salad Performance Night – Les Wicks

From 6.30 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Come into the café after work to watch the incredible Sydney-based poet Les Wicks, who has been a guest at most of Australia’s literary festivals. He has been published in over 200 newspapers, anthologies and magazines across 12 countries.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Thursday 3rd of May:

The Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers’ Night

6 pm - 8.30 pm, Wollongong Art Gallery

Our special guest, Stephen Jones MP, will be launching the sixth volume of Dreaming Inside—Voices from Junee Correctional Centre. Black Wallaby writers John Muk Muk Burke and Aunty Barbara Nicholson will be headlining the event, alongside our wonderful guest speakers Gabe Journey Jones and Lachlan MacPherson.

Tickets (at the door): $5



Saturday 5th of May:

Sydney Writers’ Festival Live and Local

In partnership with Merrigong Theatre Company, the Sydney Writers’ Festival will be coming to a Wollongong Town Hall near you! That’s right, you get to watch live-streamed content directly from the festival.

We’ve got some stars lined up for the big screen, including the famous journalist Peter Greste, ABC presenter Richard Fidler and Australian author Leigh Sales.

Also featured in LIVE panels and workshops is our homegrown talent, including flash-fiction and poetry from the vivacious Wollongong Young Writers Collective, and an author talk and workshop from local author Alan Baxter, who will be discussing his latest supernatural thriller Hidden City.

Award-winning children’s and YA author Sue Whiting will take the floor, showing that she’s the queen of the page-turner with her novel Missing. Romance author Catherine Evans will be launching Long Game, an ebook where all the heroines are female Aussie Rules players.

Admission: $20 Workshop: $15

Buy tickets here.



Tuesday 8th of May:

Booranga Black Wallaby Writers’ Night

6 pm - 8 pm, Booranga Writers’ Centre, Wagga Wagga

The Black Wallaby Writers and our guest speakers will also be coming to the Booranga Writers Centre—so if you’re from there, come and make them feel welcome!

Entry is FREE


Wednesday 9th of May:

Word Salad – Enjoying and Reading the Poetry of Philip Larkin

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Eat, drink and be merry at a big table in this cosy, welcoming café, to discuss the poems of Philip Larkin in a room full of poetry lovers.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

For more information, click here.


Wednesday 16th of May:

Word Salad - Big Book Club for The Passengers

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

There’s nothing more satisfying then reading a historical fiction like Eleanor Limprecht’s novel The Passengers, then coming together in a group to discuss it—from themes of love, to heartache, to what really made you think … now’s your chance to express yourself.

$10 entry, $5 for SCWC members

For more information, click here.


Wednesday 23rd of May:

Word Salad Performance Night – Eleanor Limprecht

6 pm for 6.30 pm, Escarpment Room at Thirroul Community Centre

In conversation with Lynne Cook, Eleanor will present her book The Passengers, telling the fascinating true stories of Australian war brides. Dip your toe into the pool of literary culture—you won’t regret it.

$10 entry, $5 for SCWC members

Buy tickets at the door, or make a booking here. Contact Lynne on 0421 597 730 if you have any questions!


Wednesday 30th of May:

Word Salad Performance Night – Mark O’Flynn

6pm for 6.30 pm, Escarpment Room at Thirroul Community Centre

Together with the SCWC’s acclaimed poet Ron Pretty, Mark will discuss his ‘poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny’ work The Last Days of Ava Langdon.

Ava is a recluse, living in the Blue Mountains with a machete in her belt and a typewriter on her desk … intrigued yet? Come along and find out what happens next.

$10 entry, $5 for SCWC members

Buy tickets at the door, or make a booking here. Contact Lynne on 0421 597 730 if you have any questions!


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Posted on April 30, 2018