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 & Lunchtime Literature

Lunchtime Literature: Language and Writing

Artists working with, amidst, between, through and around languages discuss the challenges and triumphs of multilingual writing, living and code mixing in contemporary writing, publishing and art.

These artists will cover everything from language preservation and revitalization, to working in a multilingual context, to the ins and outs of literary translation. A celebration of language and storytelling across art forms.

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Lunchtime Literature panel talks are held at Readings State Library of Victoria. This is a in-person event.  

Wheelchair Accessible

Readings SLV is accessible via multiple entrance including access to lifts.  


Nearby by tram, bus and Melbourne Central train line station.  

There are no on-site parking. Bike racks available  on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. 

Accessible Toilet

There are separate male and female accessible toilets in these Library spaces. 

More Information Visit State Library Victoria’s Access-Inclusion page. 

Wednesday 22 June
12.30-1.30pm AEST

Free, bookings essential

Readings State Library
285-321 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Monique Nair

Monique Nair is Naarm based writer and editor of Indian-Italian-Polish heritage exploring diaspora experiences, language, coming of age narratives and questions of identity and meaning.

Nadia Niaz

Nadia Niaz is the founding editor of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, an online journal publishing creative work that combines multiple languages.

Asiel Adan Sanchez

Asiel Adan Sanchez is a certified chingona living in Naarm.