Skywriters meeting up in Parkes

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8-9 JULY. The first big meet up of Skywriters writers and astronomers from across inland NSW with guest speakers, networking,sharing work and more.

Co-hosted by Parkes Shire Council, Arts OutWest and Big Skies Collaboration’s Skywriters Project.


  • Guest speakers
  • Skystory readings (bring your latest drafts)
  • Themed panel discussions and roundtables
  • Skills sharing (including editing with Eumungerie skywriter and professional editor Nicole Matthews)
  • Networking and strategising oppportunities
  • Exhibition of Wiradjuri Constellation Art
  • Screening of Star Stories of the Dreaming
  • Dinner @ The Dish Cafe, Parkes Observatory
  • Pre-dinner tour of the night sky with astronomers Trevor Leaman (Orange), Donna Burton (Coonabarabran), and Les Dalrymple (Billimari), and their telescopes
  • Plus live music, inspiration, conviviality, intellectual stimulation, support, friendship … and a few surprises


COVENTRY ROOM, Parkes Shire Council admin. building, Bogan Street, Parkes (next to Library) – see map here
and THE DISH CAFE, Parkes Observatory, Telescope Road, Parks – see map here


1 pm Saturday 8 July to 1 pm Sunday 9 July


Daytime events – FREE to all Skywriters
Dinner @ The Dish – affordable but still being negotiated
Accommodation – see motels, hotels, b&bs, caravan parks here >>

Please RSVP asap via the Facebook Event,
or email, or let Merrill know on 0404057162

For program updates, check out the Skywriters Facebook page and/or website
or contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657.

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia.

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