Random Life launch
Thursday 17 August, 5.45 pm for 6 pm
Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, Canberra

Irma will be in conversation with much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek about Random Life, a collection of over 200 recent cartoons drawn from her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her). This is Judy’s ninth cartoon collection and covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras. RSVP to 6295 6723 or email

The Art of Self-editing Fiction with Irma Gold
Saturday 26 August, 10 am – 4 pm
Gorman House Arts Centre, Braddon ACT

As part of the ACT Writers’ Centre’s two-day ‘Writing Bootcamp’, Irma Gold will run a masterclass on how to self-edit fiction like an editor. This masterclass is a crash course in how to undertake a structural edit and make your manuscript the very best that it can be. We will focus on big picture issues, including plot, narrative arc, pacing, setting, backstory, characterisation, voice, dialogue, beginnings and endings, showing versus telling, using research, and style. You will learn how to become a more objective reader of your work and identify areas that require improvement. Full details of this masterclass and the weekend’s program are here.

SCBWI ACT Annual Conference
Saturday 9 September, 9.30 am – 5 pm
ALIA House, 9–11 Napier Close, Deakin, Canberra

A day of panels and workshops for children’s book authors and illustrators, featuring SCWBI Regional Advisor Susanne Gervay, publisher Clare Hallifax (Scholastic), and authors and/or illustrators Isobelle Carmody, Tony Eaton, Tony Flower, Irma Gold, Jack Heath and Tania McCartney. Irma will present ‘It’s a Collaboration’, a session that will explore the role editors play in the collaborative process of bringing a book to life. NOW SOLD OUT.

Literary Lounge
Thursday 26 October, 6 pm
Lakeside Lounge, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong

In a special Children’s Week event, Irma Gold will be in conversation with Stephanie Owen Reeder, the author and illustrator of 10 children’s books. Join us for a lively discussion about the joys of writing for children and the critical role writing plays in children’s development. Free with a pay bar.