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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Free & Late Night Literature

Late Night Literature: Best Bookish Friends

Reconnect with the writing community in person with an event all about friendship!

This hybrid performance and speed-friending event is held at the beginning of the program to encourage friendships that can be nurtured throughout the festival. Hear all about literary friendships – from fictional characters who feel like friends, to an IRL friendship that has nurtured our artists’ literary life. Afterwards, the audience will be introduced via a low-pressure speed-friending session. Enjoy a night of heart-warming readings. Maybe you’ll even make a new friend or two!


Best Bookish Friends will be held at 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 front and side entrance is wheelchair accessible.

Relaxation Area

Relaxation Area are provided including a courtyard

Accessible Toilet

Gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available. 

More information visit Loop’s Accessibility page. 

Thursday 16 June
9-10pm AEST

Free, bookings encouraged

Loop Project Space & Bar
23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne 3000


Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor.

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.

Jes Layton

Jes Layton is a writer, content creator, freelancer and artist, who has appeared in a number of  writers festivals including National Young Writers’ Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival among others.

Natasha Hertanto

Natasha Hertanto is a Chinese-Indonesian storyteller and dog-mom based in Naarm.

Laura McPhee-Browne

Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer, social worker and counsellor living in Melbourne, on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Anita Solak

Anita Solak is a poet, writer and editor living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Margot Tanjutco

Margot Tanjutco is a writer, director, and actor.