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 & Lunch/Break

Lunch/Break: Writing for Children & Parents

When writing for children and families, there are things to consider from every angle: how do children learn from the stories they’re told, what best illuminates their imaginations, and how can reading set them up with tools to bring into their daily lives? In this discussion, writers will explore the diverse terrain of children’s literature and underscore the importance of creating inclusive and representative fictional worlds.

This event is presented in partnership with City of Melbourne libraries.

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Friday June 16, 12:30pm

City Library
Marjoca Room, 253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000


Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children.

Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, poet, critical autoethnographer, and academic who lectures in children’s literature and inclusive children’s media.

Jasper Peach

Jasper Peach is a trans, non-binary and disabled writer, speaker and parent.

Anna Zobel

Anna Zobel is an author, illustrator and teacher from Melbourne.