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

Unfortunately, Eda Gunaydin will no longer be appearing at the Festival. 

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist and researcher, whose writing explores class, race and diaspora. You can find her work in the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, and others. She has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, and is the current UTS Library Creative in Residence, alongside her collaborators in the all-women arts collective The Finishing School Collective. Her debut nonfiction collection will be published in 2022 by NewSouth Publishing.

Felicity Castagna (Australian)

Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna’s most recent novel, No More Boats, was a finalist in the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Awards and is published internationally. She is also the author of Small Indiscretions and The Incredible Here and Now, which received The Prime Minister’s Award for Literature. Her next book Girls in Boys’ Cars will be released in 2021. She publishes essays on home, suburbia, art-making and literature in many different places and reviews books for ABC radio and television. She is very interested in cross-artform collaboration and has worked with artists in many different fields to produce work for The Sydney Festival, The National Theatre of Parramatta, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Four Winds Festival, Parramatta Lanes and many other places. She holds a PhD from The Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU and teaches creative writing at universities, schools and many other places all over Australia.