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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what if we held hands in the queer archives

Archive as both site and verb: as an event that happens and continues to happen. The archive comes in many different structures and arrangements. A library, a word, a rock, a body of water.¹

Five writers traverse the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) and interact with the queer histories collected and preserved there. Made in collaboration with and supported by AQuA. They cut up and collage; restore and trouble, re-emerging with new forms made from old materials – forms that archive the archive to then become a part of it, NEW AGONIES publication sitting on the AQuA shelves. Join us for an evening of performances at the Victorian Pride Centre to witness this self-referential relic.

¹ Chi Tran, Notes on the Archive, accessed 25 April 2023.

This event is presented in partnership with Australian Queer Archives.

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Wheelchair, service animal, street parking bay

Friday 16 June, 8pm

Australian Queer Archives
The Victorian Pride Centre, 79/81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182


Ren Jiang

Ren Jiang is a Chinese writer, editor, and theatre/filmmaker based on unceded Wurundjeri country.

Wen-Juenn Lee

Wen-Juenn writes poetry on unceded Wurundjeri Country.

Selina Moir-Wilson

Selina Moir-Wilson is a writer, editor and comics artist. They are the editor of Voiceworks.

Madison Pawle

Madison Pawle is a writer living on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land.

Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner is a writer and editor originally from Aotearoa.