The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Closing Night: Celestial Bodies

Dress up in your most other-worldly garb and step into a starry, cosmic world of sounds, stories and visuals. See the festival off with us in true extravagance, gala-style, and witness a dreamy line-up of well-loved writers, artists and inter-galactic DJ. Come for your last literary fix, this time, dedicated to constellations and planets. Then, stay for the drinks, and an ablaze dance floor to farewell EWF for 2023.

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Pre drinks: 6pm – 7:45pm

Please join us at The Back Alley, off the Yarra River,  (14 Banana Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000) for some alcoholic drinks before heading over to Immigration Museum, across the road. We are offering a limited number of drink cards — first in, best-dressed!

Closing Night: Drink Service

We will be offering complimentary non-alcohol drinks for all guests to enjoy for the entirety of the night. We will provide a wide drinks menu including 0% Alcohol red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and beer. As well as soft drinks, juices, sparkling water and more.


Auslan, Wheelchair, accessible toilets

Nearest Public Parking: 15 William Street, Melbourne Car Park | Secure Parking

The Back Alley is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday 24 June, 8pm

Immigration Museum
Long Room, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Elle A.K

Elle A.K is a Māori poet × grey witch, hailing from elemental fire concerned with transmuting experiences into words pertaining to the sensual, the divine & holy pleasures.

Genevieve Callaghan

Genevieve Callaghan is a writer and performer based on Wurundjeri Country, in Naarm.

Holly Isemonger

Holly Isemonger is a poet from Gerringong, NSW.

Simone Jordan

Simone Amelia Jordan is an award-winning writer, host and journalist.

Maki Morita

Maki Morita is a Japanese-Australian writer and performance-maker on unceded Wurundjeri country.

Sammaneh Pourshafighi

Sammaneh Pourshafighi is a Queer genderfluid Muslim from Iran who grew up on the problematic paradise of the Gold Coast.

Chunxiao Qu

Chunxiao Qu is a Chinese-born artist and poet who lives and works in Melbourne (Wurundjeri Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung Country).

DJ Raindamages

Jenna Rain Warwick is a Luritja artist, curator and music selector.