Classics, conventions & clichés and NSWWC program launch

Ever thought you’d like to write what you don’t know? To tell, not show? To go tell Shakespeare to take a hike and make way for something else in the syllabus? Subbed In and NSW Writers’ Centre are getting together some of their favorite wordsmiths to flip the tables on everything you’ve been taught about literary propriety. Our readers are ready to cast off the shackles of bookish father figures and canonical convention – but not before having some fun with them. Featuring Julie Koh, Emily Crocker, Anna Westbrook, Eda Gunaydin, and Ellen O’Brien. All this in the spirit of launching the new NSW Writers’ Centre July-December course program.

Thursday 22 June, 7-9pm

Red Rattler Theatre

Free entry




Eda Gunaydin is a writer and researcher from Western Sydney. She is a 2016 WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellow and writes mainly about class, race and the Turkish diaspora. She has been shortlisted for the Monash University Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and has performed for the University of Sydney, Emerging Writers’ Festival, and Sydney Writers’ Festival. You can catch her work in publications such as Voiceworks, The TJ Eckleburg Review, and Tincture Journal.


Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She studied politics and law at the University of Sydney, then quit a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in places including The Best Australian Stories in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Best Australian Comedy Writing in 2016, the Australian, The Sleepers Almanac 7 to X, The Lifted Brow, Seizure, The Canary Press, Kyoto Journal, The Fish Anthology and Fixi Novo’s HEAT. Julie edited BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016 and is a founding member of Kanganoulipo.


Ellen O’Brien is a writer, poet and law graduate with Guringai ancestry, living and working on Gadigal and Wangal land. She is interested in discussions about the meaning of home, community, and the healing power of love.


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