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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Distraction & it’s (Dis)contents

Simone Weil once wrote that ‘attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer’ – but what about distraction? In an attention economy where textual engagement is constantly subject to the news cycle, the fragment, virality and the scroll, what is it to be distracted, and what makes it compelling? Join these artists for some late-night poetic, prosaic and musical ruminations on the subject.


Wheelchair, accessible toilets (ground floor), lift access, onsite paid parking.

Wheelchair users: Ramp access for large wheelchairs can be booked in advance by the venue. Please note in the access requirement tab in the check-out section.

Wednesday 21 June, 9pm

Queen Victoria Womens Centre
Millarri Murnmut - outside breeze is located on level 5 within the Queen Victoria Womens Centre via access lifts. 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000.


Theo Ferris

Theo Ferris is a word-user living and working on unceded Wurundjuri country.

Jenny Hickinbotham

Jenny is currently creating Homelessness Turquoise for her next show and undertaking her PhD studies/research.

Tiia Kelly

Tiia Kelly is a critic and essayist living in Naarm.

Shannon May Powell

Shannon May Powell is a poet, artist and somatic experiencing facilitator based on sovereign Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country.

Tegan Webb

Tegan Webb is a writer, zine and digital art maker.

Miriam Webster

Miriam writes stories in and around Naarm.