Winter Warmer
Friday 15 June, 6–8 pm
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Braddon, Canberra

An evening of wine, warmth and writing designed to delight the senses and inspire creative expression. The evening will begin with a wine tasting with winemaker Celine Rousseau from Eden Road Wines and will be followed by a live panel discussing what they wish they knew before they were published, with Irma Gold, Jack Heath and Karen Viggers, to be recorded for The First Time podcast. There will also be readings by some of Canberra’s best and brightest. Tickets available here.

Children’s writing workshop
Saturday 16 June 2018, 1–3.30 pm
Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW

As a guest of the Writers of the Far South Coast, Irma will run a workshop on children’s picture books. In this workshop Irma will share her experiences of publication as both an author and an editor working in children’s publishing. Participants will learn how to create work that young readers will love, and then explore and develop new ideas through exercises. Irma will also offer tips on how to hone a manuscript to perfection before submitting to a publisher. For tickets visit  or email

Canberra Writers Festival preview series
Saturday 14 July 2018, 2–3 pm
Civic Library, Canberra

In a festival preview event, Irma and Sam Vincent will discuss ‘Changing the World Through Words’ for an ‘In Conversation’ event with Larry O’Loughlin from the Conservation Council. Join Larry, Irma and Sam as they explore why we are attracted to animals in stories, and how to cover environmental issues and draw readers in at the same time. Saturday 14 July, 2–3 pm, Civic Library, Canberra. Free, but bookings here.