The Great Story Club

Brought to you by Blackwattle Books and hosted by The Great Club in Marrickville. It is for readers and writers and those who like being read to.

The Great Story Club (TGSC)

Once a month two writers will be interviewed and asked to read their work. Questions from the audience are welcome at the end of each reading. If they are published, their books will be available for sale.

There will also be an open mic for new writers to read their work on the night. This is an opportunity to test new work and receive feedback from the panel and the audience.

Those wishing to read in the open mike section will need to bring their piece along and indicate their willingness to read when asked. Open mike readings will be a maximum of 5 minutes with another 5 minutes for feedback from the panel and audience.

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The Great Story Club resumes on 6 March 2024 7:00pm to around 9:00pm featuring Madeleine Gray and Susan Mimram.

The Great Story Club (TGSC) is back for another year, with two featured writers and two open mic sections for budding writers to share and receive feedback on their work (register for open mic online below).

The featured writers on 6 March 2024 are Madeleine Gray and Susan Mimram.

Madeleine Gray

Madeleine Gray is a writer and critic from Sydney Australia. Her first book, Green Dot, has been the subject of an international bidding war for the movie rights. She has written art criticism for SRB, Overland, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, etc. In 2019 she was a CA-SRB Emerging Critic, and last year she was a finalist for the Walkley Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism, a finalist for the Woollahra Digital Literary Non-fiction award, and a recipient of a Nielma Sidney Literary Travel grant. She has an Masters in English from the University of Oxford and is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester, researching contemporary women’s autobiographical literary theory. Madeleine will read from Green Dot. Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night.

Susan Mimram

Susan is a member of the Inner West writers group working on a novel, “Forget Me Not’; a coming-of-age novel about a young woman’s quest to find her mother and unravel the secret behind her mother’s disappearance. Susan believes the telling of a story is a gift to be shared. Her passion for writing came later in life when her father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He encouraged her to tell him stories and so each night she wrote in order to read to him the following morning. Susan discovered writing was not just a wonderful occupation but a way of dealing with difficult times: an escape, a comfort, a hushing of the mind. When the final chapter closed on his life, she published the story and titled it ‘Someone’s Listening’. That time sparked her passion to write. Susan is currently working her way through the second draft of “Forget Me Not’ from which she will read at TGSC.
Put 8 May 2024 in your diary as TGSC will be featuring multi-award winning writer Stephanie Dowrick!
[Tickets to be release closer to the date.]
Becoming a member of TGSC means receiving emails letting you know what is coming up with TGSC and Blackwattle Books. It also means better price on advanced tickets to events.

Those keen to be considered as a Featured Writer

To apply to be considered as a featured writer please send a description of your work (for example, a novel or poetry). Please don't exceed the maximum of 500 words limit. Failure to comply to the word limit will result in a withdrawal.

All genres are welcomed.

Register for the next Great Story book Open Mic

To register your interest for the next Open Mic please register your details below. Writers will be chosen at the discretion of the convenor.

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