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.

Candy Royalle (Australian)

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Candy Royalle is an award winning writing, performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist, educator and vulnerability advocate. She has performed alongside many of the greats including Kate Tempest, Ursula Rucker, David Malouf, Shane Koyczan, Mark Tredinnick and Sarah & Phil Kay, to name a few. Her work and opinion pieces have been published in The Guardian, Fairfax, Overland, Peril and many more. She is currently working on her third collection of poetry: A Trillion Tiny Awakenings.

Tamar Chnorhokian (Australian)

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Tamar Chnorhokian is Associate Director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. She completed a communications degree in writing and publishing at the Western Sydney University in 2004. Her debut novel was The Diet Starts on Monday and she has also worked as a columnist, journalist and freelance writer. She is the recipient of the 2016 Copyright Agency, WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and is currently developing her second work of fiction.

Eda Gunaydin (Australian)

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Eda Gunaydin is a 24 year-old researcher and emerging writer of fiction and creative non-fiction from Western Sydney. She is a 2016 CAL WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellow and writes 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 performed for the Emerging Writers' Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival and University of Sydney. Her work can be found in publications including Voiceworks, The TJ Eckleburg Review, and Tincture Journal. She is currently being mentored on her first book through The Finishing School program.

Felicity Castagna (Australian)

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Felicity Castagna is the author of the multiaward-winning novel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation. 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. She has taught creative writing all around Australia and currently runs the storytelling series Studio Stories. Her latest novel is No More Boats. She is the Director of Finishing School, a project that aims to provide long-term mentoring for western Sydney women, writing their first books.