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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How does magic infuse itself into the written word and into the lives of writers? What are the connections between poetic and magical practices? Hear poems from a line-up of artists weaving their practices of writing and magic together.

Australian Poetry acknowledges the inspiration of Ignota Books and its ground-breaking book SPELLS—21st-Century Occult Poetry (2018). Poetry from the collection will be read at the event.

With Ellen van Neerven, Bo Svoronos, Ella Skilbeck-Porter, Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, Jacinta Le Plastrier (MC), Ursula K. Le Guin (recited by Ella Skillbeck-Porter), Georgia Kartas, Lou Garcia-Dolnik, Tamryn Bennett and Jessica Alice.

This event is now sold out. Sign up to be notified if tickets become available here. 

A recording of the event will be made available at a later stage.

Please note: Ana Maria Gomides is no longer able to appear at this event.

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coven is an in-person event, held at The Alderman bar in Brunswick.

No Wheelchair Access

Please note that The Alderman venue contains stairs. Accessing the event upstairs is not wheelchair accessible, however, the downstairs and courtyard premise is.

For more information and queries regarding venue access contact [email protected]

Friday 17 June
6-7pm AEST

Free, bookings essential

The Alderman
134 Lygon St, Brunswick East, VIC 3057


Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is the author of three books: Heat and Light, Comfort Food and Throat, as well as the forthcoming Personal Score.

Bo Svoronos

Bo is currently completing his first novel, he’s self published short stories and poetry, had a foray into writing for live performance, theatre and cabaret and been commissioned to research and develop various tours and projects.

Ella Skilbeck-Porter

Ella Skilbeck-Porter is a poet and PhD candidate in French Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer and arts worker living and creating on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Jacinta Le Plastrier

Jacinta Le Plastrier is a poet, writer and editor who lives and writes on Boonwurrung Country.

Georgia Kartas

Georgia Kartas/Saint Jorge is a poet whose research explores the relationship between quantum physics and metaphysics, as a pathway to radical re-worlding.

Lou Garcia-Dolnik

Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet and editor working on unceded Gadigal land.

Tamryn Bennett

Tamryn Bennett is a poet, artist and Director of Red Room Poetry living on unceded Dharawal lands.

Jessica Alice

Jessica Alice is a writer and artistic director/CEO from Melbourne’s west living on Kaurna Yerta in Adelaide, South Australia.