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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Performance & Special Event

Closing Night: Lie to Me

Farewell the festival for another year with a night of interactive readings. As some of our favourite writers share stories, you are invited to guess who is speaking the truth, and who is spinning a web of pure fiction. Will you uncover what is real, or will it all remain a mystery? Who’s to say? Afterwards, join us on the dancefloor as we celebrate the final festival night with DJ m00ncup and our best moves.

Hosted by Nikki Viveca

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately Allison Walker is unwell and no longer able to attend this event.

Presented in partnership with:


Closing Night: Lie to Me is an in-person event and will be held at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. From 9:30pm, it will be a free entry event for patrons to celebrate and enjoy great entertainment.

Auslan Interpretation

This event will be Auslan Interpreted. Reserved seating available for best vision of the interpreters.  

Wheelchair Accessible

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Accessible entry is via the front door on Sydney Road, which has a ramp.

Accessible Toilet

There is gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available.  


Two accessible parking spaces are located at the corner of David St and Glenlyon Rd, and another two located on Glenlyon Rd, in front of the Brunswick Community Health Centre.  

More Information:

Saturday 25 June
8pm-late AEST

$21 / $16 concession

Doors open at 7:30pm
Free from 9:00pm

Brunswick Mechanics Institute
270 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056


Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based essayist, critic and poet.

Paige Clark

Paige Clark is a Chinese/American/Australian fiction writer, researcher and teacher.

Paul Dalla Rosa

Paul Dalla Rosa is the author of An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life.

Francis Hadid

Francis Hadid is a community carer, working predominantly with children and food.

Joshua Jon Lynch

Joshua Jon Lynch is a proud Ngaati Te Wehi poet and dancer exploring what it means to be in a body that is both flesh and story — colonised & coloniser; queer & straight; here & there.

Mia Nie

Mia Nie is a Chinese-Australian comic artist, zine-maker, and award-nominated ex-poet.


Serving you a heady cocktail of flirty pop, nostalgic noughties, funky disco and house, m00ncup is all about tracks that make you want to boogie.

Nikki Viveca

Nikki Viveca is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses poetry, standup comedy, theatre, improv and burlesque.