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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EWF X & Performance

EWF X Schizy Inc: Gnarly Writers

In writing, our past and present are returned to us, and in using our own gnarly voices to speak the words, we get to create the ending…

Gnarly Writers celebrates storytellers who’ve been in the public mental health system for decades. These artists will bring you insights into the system and into healing, which might just come in handy to anyone starting out on a mental health lived experience apprenticeship or seeking validation for a lifetime of service. This event emphasizes that writing one’s own story can be more than a chance to impart words of wisdom: it’s also an act of freedom from a lifetime of being recorded.

With Gemma Mahadeo, Michel Tuomy, Adam Pollock, Maggie Toko, Isabella Fels, Michelle Write, Naomi Fryers, Jenny Hickinbotham and Tom Polachek.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, Heidi Everett is no longer able to attend this event.


This event will held at the Loop Project Space & Bar and is a live in-person event.


Loop is a few hundred meters from Parliament Station. Please note the Spring Street lift is closest to Loop. Nearby public transport including tram and bus. 


There is a Wilson Carpark at the rear of the venue and in Meyers Place including disability access. Vehicle access through Meyer Place Laneway, into front entrance. 

Wheelchair Accessible

Loop entrance is wheelchair accessible. Relaxation Area provided. 

Accessible Toilet

Gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available. 

More information: visit Loop’s Accessibility page. 

Thursday 23 June
7.30-8.30pm AEST


*No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds

To pre-book a NOTAFLOF ticket, please email us at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Loop Project Space & Bar
23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne 3000


Schizy Inc

Schizy Inc is a disability led arts NFP collective based in Melbourne/on Wurundjeri.

Isabella Fels

My name is Isabella fels and I’m truly passionate about exploring my schizophrenia through writing.

Naomi Fryers

Naomi Fryers is a widely published writer, author and storyteller.

Jenny Hickinbotham

Jenny Hickinbotham is a writer of poetry, song, fiction, academic articles; Jenny performs her creativity.

Gemma Mahadeo

Gemma Mahadeo moved to Australia in 1987. Their written work and multimedia work has been published nationally, both online and in print.

Tom Polachek

Tom Polachek enjoys writing as a song lyricist.

Adam Pollock

Adam Pollock is Com/passionate about full healing from extra/non ordinary states of consciousness through all art mediums.

Maggie Toko

Maggie Toko is a Standup Comedian, Singer, Writer and all round Mental Health Advocate.

Michel Paul Tuomy

Michel Paul Tuomy is a playwright who identifies with the lived experience of schizophrenia.

Michelle Write

Michelle Write (Vasiliu) is an established children’s author who is venturing out as a novice into the world of adult performance writing, in particular spoken word, theatre and screen writing.