2016 winner of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, A.S. Patrić, and storytelling superstar Candy Royalle will join the recipients of the CAL WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships: Joseph Chebatte, Tamar Chnorhokian and Eda Gunaydin for a night of storytelling, conversation and provocation. Come for a drink, a chat and a listen, and BYO your own material for the open mic which will be held after the event.

Free, no bookings. Drinks and light supper included.


Supported by the City of Parramatta, Western Sydney University, Copyright Agency Limited, WestWords, Crown Resorts, Packer Family Foundation.

Eda Gunaydin (Australian)

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a 25 year-old Turkish-Australian writer of memoir and short fiction. She is interested in class mobility and diaspora. You can find her work in Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, and Overland, among others. She is the current Dinny O'Hearn Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Australian Centre.

Felicity Castagna (Australian)

Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna is the author of the multi award-winning novel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation which premiered at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of short stories Small Indiscretions was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in national journals and newspapers. Her latest book No More Boats was shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Award and is forthcoming in the US and UK. She runs the storytelling series Studio Stories and is the program director for the Western Sydney women’s writers mentorship scheme, Finishing School.