First Friday Club

First Friday Club is a monthly event at the NSW Writers’ Centre, free and exclusive to Centre members. The Club takes place on the first Friday of every month (March-November) from 10am-11:30am. Each month a new guest speaker from the writing industry, be they author, editor, publisher or journalist, joins us for a group conversation about writing. This session is then followed by a delicious morning tea – with cake kindly provided by C’est Bon Patisserie, Rozelle.

First Friday Club has wrapped up for 2017. Stay tuned for details of our 2018 program.


Past events

Missed a recent First Friday Club? Never fear! We regularly post event recaps on our blog.

Our speakers from 2017 are listed below. For details on our guests from previous years, visit our past speakers page.


November: Events Coordinator at Woollahra Libraries, Jenn Martin

Jenn Martin is a librarian and reading specialist. Jenn loves encouraging reading culture and helping people work out what to read next. She is the Events Coordinator at Woollahra Libraries and regularly works with authors and publishers to deliver public author events. She also shares reading ideas at



October: Commissioning Editor at Giramondo Publishing, Nick Tapper

Nick Tapper is Commissioning Editor at Giramondo Publishing, where he works on literary titles in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He has a particular interest in formally challenging and genre-crossing works, and writing in translation. Outside Giramondo, he has recently edited and written introductions to the artist monographs Ngarra: The Texta Drawings and Shane Pickett: Meeyakba. Nick was previously editor of screen culture magazines Metro and Screen Education, and manager of the art book distributor Books at Manic. Outside publishing he has undertaken a wide range of work in the arts, in theatre, festivals, galleries and cinemas. His education, in literature and history, was at the University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia and University of Hong Kong.



September: Director of Literature at Australia Council for the Arts, Wenona Byrne

Wenona Byrne has worked in publishing for 11 years, the past 9 years as Rights Manager with Allen & Unwin. While at A&U Wenona worked closely with Australian authors, pitching titles to international publishers in North America, UK, Europe and Asia. Wenona worked on a number of industry and Australia Council initiatives including as a committee member for the Visiting International Publishers Program.



July: General Manager of Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Portia Lindsay

Portia Lindsay is an ex-bookseller and NSW Writers’ Centre Program Officer who now manages the Mudgee Readers’ Festival, runs communications for Orana Arts and collaborates on various other regional arts projects.



May: Sydney Review of Books editor, Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books. She was arts editor at The Conversation website and managing editor of pioneering news and current affairs site New Matilda. Her book The Long Run is published in Australia by Affirm and in the US by Crown.



April: Publisher, editor and consultant, Joel Naoum

Joel currently runs Critical Mass, a consultancy for authors and publishers, and previously ran Pan Macmillan, Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. He is on the board of the NSW Writers’ Centre and in 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.



March: Book designer, art director and artist, Evi O

Evi O is a book designer, art director and artist. She has worked in publishing for a decade, creating award-winning books for chefs, brands and creatives internationally. Her design studio OetomoNew is based in Sydney, Australia.











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