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 one of Australia's most prominent performing writers. She is a multi-award winning storyteller, activist, educator, singer and vulnerability advocate. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she collaborates with film makers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, photographers and others, to bring her work to life.

Tamar Chnorhokian (Australian)

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Tamar Chnorhokian is associate director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. She has also worked as a columnist, journalist and freelance writer. Her debut novel is The Diet Starts On Monday. She is the recipient of a 2016 CAL WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship. Tamar identifies strongly with her Western Sydney community and her Armenian background.

Eda Gunaydin (Australian)

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Eda Gunaydin is a writer and researcher. 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 Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers, and written for Voiceworks, The TJ Eckleburg Review, and the University of Sydney Anthology.

Felicity Castagna (Australian)

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Felicity Castagna is the author of the multi award-winning novel, The Incredible Here and Now and its stage adaptation which will premiere 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 many national journals and newspapers. Her next novel, No More Boats will be released in June 2017. She holds a PhD from Western Sydney University and teaches creative writing all over Australia. She hosts the storytelling night Studio Stories at The Parramatta Artists Studios.