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, Performance & Special Event

Opening Night: Truth Telling

To set the stage for the 20th Emerging Writers’ Festival, writer and curator Maya Hodge brings us an evening of heart and strength from some of Naarm’s most staunch storytellers, writers, community workers and change-makers. Writers Sofii Belling-Harding, Yaraan Bundle, Lay Maloney, Patrick Mercer and Elijah Money will share the stage as they share their truths. Join us after the performances for a chat and a dance.


Wheelchair, lift access, auslan, limited parking bay, accessible toilets

Wednesday 14 June, 7pm

Science Gallery
Melbourne Connect, at, 114 Grattan St, Parkville VIC 3052


Sofii Belling-Harding

Sofii Belling-Harding is a Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri, South Sea and Meriam woman who has lived in Naarm on Wurundjeri Country all her life, having grown up in Preston and now resides in Fitzroy.

Maya Hodge

Maya Hodge is a Lardil and Yangkaal emerging writer and curator based on the lands of the Kulin Nation.

Lay Maloney

Lay Maloney is a young storyteller of the Gumbaynggirr and Gunggandji nations and South Sea Islander heritage currently based on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm / Melbourne.

Patrick Mercer

Patrick is a Wadawurrung Kulin writer.

Elijah Money

Elijah Money (he/him) is a queer Wiradjuri brotherboy who was raised on Kulin Nations where he continues to reside.