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.

Joseph Chebatte (Australian)

Joseph ChebatteÕs first film Three Hearts was shortlisted for the Dances with Films Festival in LA and made its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. His short film script, Entrenched was a finalist in several international screenwriting competitions, and most notably came third at the 2016 Slamdance screenwriting festival in LA. He is a recipient of a CAL WestWords Emerging WritersÕ Fellowship and is currently working on the script with his mentor through this program, Bryan Brown.

Tamar Chnorhokian (Australian)

Tamar Chnorhokian

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.

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.