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 & The Early Words

The Early Words: Poetry and Play

The Early Words are low-pressure workshops to help you get started on something. Create for your eyes only or get an idea for a larger project going, with guidance from a facilitator and support from the other writers taking part – all writing levels are welcome!

Join poet Panda Wong to play a morning round of poetry. Lean into the irreverent impulse in contemporary poetry to see the form not as a site for the serious and stately, but as a place to be playful, restless and questioning.

This program is proudly supported by:


The Early Words: Poetry and Play will be held at No Vacancy Gallery in the QV Centre.

Wheelchair Accessible

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Enter via Jane Bell Lane (off Russell Street). Please use the gallery door for wheelchair access. Lifts are located on the Gallery’s floor in the QV centre and provide access to the QV building.


Access to Public transport including Tram and Melbourne Central Train line station.

Accessible Toilet

Bathrooms are accessed outside the venue and in the QV Centre. Accessible toilets are available on the first floor.


Paid parking available in the QV Centre. No free parking available.

More information available via No Vacancy Gallery here.

Thursday 23 June
8.30-9.30AM AEST

Free, bookings essential

No Vacancy Gallery
34-40 Jane Bell Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000


Panda Wong

Panda Wong is a poet. She is also an Associate Editor at The Suburban Review, a Performance Review board member and a 2020 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow.