Emerging Writers Festival Picks

The Emerging Writers Festival will take place in Melbourne, from the 14th-23rd of June. Founding editor Yen-Rong Wong and art director Rachel Ang will both be there, as well as a slew of issue 1 contributors. Here are some of our picks! (There are many, many more – we’d list the whole program if we could.)

Nuanced Voices
Jonno Revanche, Ross Onley Zerkel, Chi Tran, Allison Whittaker, and Magan Magan discuss the way in which we use English in modern writing and storytelling. If nothing else, come for the stellar conversation that will no doubt occur between all of these amazing people.

Knock Knock
How do comedy? How do humour? Learn from some of the best in this panel – including Deirdre Fidge, Laura Davis, Rebecca Varcoe, and Lawrence Leung (!) You’ll almost definitely come out of this session laughing. You may also learn something new.

Lunchtime Lit: Stories from the Archipelago 
Listen to stories from Yacinta Kurniasih and Azri Zakkiyah on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. Azri is in Melbourne as part of EWF’s exchange program with Ubud Writers Festival, and she will be in conversation with Yacinta.

EWF Formal 
Remember your high school formal? Was it too embarrassing for words? Luckily, you might have a chance at a do-over at EWF’s formal. Held in honour of the 25th anniversary of Looking for Alibrandi, it will most definitely be cooler than all of the dances you’ve ever been to. Celebrate with babes like Alison Evans, Michelle Law, Elizabeth Flux, Izzy Roberts-Orr, and many more! We’d better see you there. Rachel might even crimp her hair for this (!??!!??)

The Early Words: Decolonial Narratives and the Diaspora
This event may be early, but it will almost certainly be worth it (bring a coffee or two if you need it). We are fully behind the sentiment of decolonising narratives as opposed to diversifying them, and you bet Bobuq Sayed, Roj Amedi, and Nayuka Gorrie will have many insights that will make you rethink the way you approach stories and storytelling.

Last, but not least, we have:

Late Night Lit: GUTS
Alongside the brilliant folks at Gargouille and Offset, Ellie Freeman and Elena Tjandra will be reading their pieces from Issue 1 in this late night salon.

Keen to learn more? Take a look at the full program here. We hope to see you there!


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