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.

We are delighted to welcome back Portia Lindsay, ex-bookseller and NSW Writers’ Centre Program Officer, as she joins us for our next First Friday Club on Friday 7 July. Portia now manages the Mudgee Readers’ Festival, runs communications for Orana Arts and collaborates on various other regional arts projects.

This conversation will be led by our Program Manager, Julia Tsalis.


Friday 7 July, 10am-11:30am
Members only | RSVP to [email protected]


*Please note that there will be no First Friday Club in June 




Past events


Missed a recent First Friday Club? Never fear! We regularly post event recaps on our blog, such as this one of our meeting with Evi O.

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


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
Event recap available

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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