Program Launch: New Growth
Celebrate 20 years of Emerging Writers’ Festival, as the 2023 program is revealed.
Faber Anthology Launch
Get on down to The Moat for the launch of the Faber Writing Anthology, hosted by novelists and tutors Miles Allinson and Emily Bitto.
Voiceworks #129 ‘Static’ Launch Party
Voiceworks #129 themed ‘Static’ is launching at the Emerging Writers Festival. Celebrate their new issue and hear from some of its amazing contributors.
HIBERNAL: under the moon
What better way to celebrate the winter solstice than listening to powerful tales around a fire? Rug up to commune beneath the moon on the longest night of the year for a night of aural storytelling.
Closing Night: Celestial Bodies
See the festival off with us in true extravagance, gala-style, and witness a dreamy line-up of well-loved writers, artists and inter-galactic DJS.
Elle A.K is a Māori poet × grey witch, hailing from elemental fire concerned with transmuting experiences into words pertaining to the sensual, the divine & holy pleasures.
Kgshak Akec is a South-Sudanese writer, performing artist, and a lover of words.
Amira is a zine-maker and digital media creator who enjoys documenting their lived experience as a queer brown muslim.
Miles Allinson is a writer, teacher and bookseller living on Wurundjeri Country.
Sharlene Allsopp was born and raised on unceded Bundjalung Country into the Olive mob.
Angela co-founded Willy Lit Fest and was its first President.
Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia’s most influential advocates for arts and culture.
Wergaia and Wemba Wemba writer Susie Anderson’s poetry and non-fiction writing about art, artists, memory, place and love has been published widely.
Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer.
Ben Armstrong is a Wiradjuri man who has worked in the technology industry for over 22 years.
Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne.
Renay is a disabled, artist, activist, creator and proud Biripi – Dunghutti woman.
Isobel D’Cruz Barnes
Isobel D’Cruz Barnes is a Malaysian-Australian ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist from Naarm/Melbourne.
Ju Bavyka is a writer and interdisciplinary artist living in Sydney on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples.
Isobel Beech is a writer and editor living on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung land.
Seren is a queer writer, editor, podcaster, and sociologist living and working on Kaurna Country (Kaurna Yerta).
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.
Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer and literary agent.
Emily Bitto is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Anna Kate Blair
Anna Kate Blair is a writer from Aotearoa living in Naarm.
Elizabeth Bourke (she/her) is a young writer living on unceded Dharawal land.
After 16 years living and working in the UK, Caroline returned to Australia in July 2018 to take up the role as CEO at Arts Access Victoria.
Elise is the Executive Officer of the Williamstown Literary Festival.
Margaret Bryant is the daughter of Betty Hood and family to Bessy Cameron (Flowers) (c.1849-1895).
Elizabeth Bryer’s first novel, FROM HERE ON, MONSTERS, was joint winner of the Norma K. Hemming Award.
Yaraan a passionate teacher and advocate in the continuing of our cultural knowledge practices, orally been handed down sustained cultural knowledge.
Genevieve Callaghan is a writer and performer based on Wurundjeri Country, in Naarm.
Broede Carmody is a poet from Dhudhuroa country in northeast Victoria.
Simona Castricum is a multidisciplinary creative and academic working in music and architecture on Wurundjeri land of Kulin Nation.
Mohamed Chamas is an artist, independent game developer and poet based in Naarm (melbourne).
Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, poet, critical autoethnographer, and academic who lectures in children’s literature and inclusive children’s media.
Srishti is a Bengali immigrant poet, writer, and political organiser.
Kanika is an avid reader, occasional writer, and all around curious person.
Paige Clark is a writer, researcher and teacher.
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.
Alex Creece is a writer, poet, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land.
Meredith Curnow publishes literary fiction and narrative non-fiction at Penguin Random House Australia.
Debra Dank is a Gudanji/Wakaja woman, married to Rick, with three adult children and two grandchildren.
André Dao is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and artist.
Imogen Dewey is a writer, editor and journalist based in Sydney, on Gadigal land.
Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn is a writer living in Tasmania.
Briohny Doyle is the author of Echolalia, Adult Fantasy and The Island Will Sink.
Sam Elkin is a writer, arts producer and radio maker living in Naarm.
Rachael Evans a writer, journalist and editor from Melbourne.
Heidi Everett is a writer, multidimensional artist, independent producer, mental health and neurodivergent advocate based in Melbourne/on Wurundjeri Country.
Aaron Fa’Aoso is a Torres Strait Islander film producer, director, screenwriter and actor. His debut memoir, called So Far, So Good, was released last year.
Georgie Fehringer is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, an Iowa Arts Fellow, and the Emerging Writers Festival Writer-in-Residence 2022.
Kirby Fenwick is a writer, researcher and audio producer living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land.
Theo Ferris is a word-user living and working on unceded Wurundjuri country.
Lara Fielding (La) is based in Narrm. They are an alum of the School for Poetic Computation.
Pip Finkemeyer is a writer from Naarm/Melbourne.
Aries M. Gacutan (they/them) is an Australian-Filipino writer.
Lou Garcia-Dolnik an emerging poet and lyric essayist living and working on sovereign Gadigal Country.
Sophie Tegan Gardiner
Sophie Tegan Gardiner is a writer and editor originally from Aotearoa.
Mawunyo Gbogbo is the author of memoir Hip Hop & Hymns.
Gabriela Georges is a writer, singer and creative guide.
Vanessa Giron is a writer, editor and content creator based in Naarm/Melbourne.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri screenwriter and essaayist.
Veronica (Ronnie) Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman and the award-winning author of Black and Blue.
Alaina Gougoulis is a senior editor and has worked with Text Publishing since 2009.
Monique Grbec is a writer, critic and text-based multidisciplinary artist.
Rory Green is a writer, editor and digital media artist living on unceded Gadigal land.
Madison Griffiths is an author, artist and producer.
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist whose writing explores class, race, diaspora and Western Sydney.
Gyasi Hall (they/them) writes stuff and is from Columbus, Ohio.
Sophie Hamley has worked as a bookseller, editor, writer, content producer and web producer.
Lamisse Hamouda (she/her) is a writer, youth worker and theatre performer who lives on the unceded lands of Meanjin (Brisbane).
Hazem Hamouda is a Muslim, an Egyptian and an Australian.
Victoria Hannan is a writer and photographer living in Melbourne.
Jenny Hedley is a neurodiverse writer, PhD student and Writeability mentor.
Jenny is currently creating Homelessness Turquoise for her next show and undertaking her PhD studies/research.
Lex Hirst is the Publishing Director at Sydney-based independent publishing house, Pantera Press.
Jess Ho is a freelance writer, journalist and critic.
Maya Hodge is a Lardil and Yangkaal emerging writer and curator based on the lands of the Kulin Nation.
Dan Hogan (they/them) is a writer and teacher from San Remo, NSW (Awabakal and Worimi Country).
Marion (Flo) Hood
Marion (Flo) Hood is a relation of Bessy Cameron (Flowers) c.1849-1895 who was moved from Albany, Western Australia to eastern Victoria in 1867.
Luke Horton is a writer, an editor and a creative writing lecturer from Naarm.
Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, arts worker, and educator living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.
Dr Sharon Huebner is a multi-disciplinary academic.
Joel Humphries is the writer of Queer Computer — a newsletter cruising the intersections of queerness and technology.
Josefina Huq is a creative writer and researcher based in Naarm/Melbourne.
Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor.
Darcy Hytt is a storyteller living on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country.
Holly Isemonger is a poet from Gerringong, NSW.
Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal nation. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet.
Ren Jiang is a Chinese writer, editor, and theatre/filmmaker based on unceded Wurundjeri country.
Eric Jiang is a queer Chinese-Australian writer/director based in Sydney.
Rae Johnston is a Wiradjuri woman and multi-award winning STEM Journalist.
Mia-Francesca Jones is a writer and researcher living on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.
Nazara Jones is a young writer living on unceded Gadigal land.
Simone Amelia Jordan is an award-winning writer, host and journalist.
Lakshmi Kanchi/SoulReserve is a Western Australian poet of Indian descent. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuousness and fantasy and zest in nature.
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Sydney. She is the author of The House of Youssef, Australiana and The Lovers.
Tiia Kelly is a critic and essayist living in Naarm.
Kris Kneen is an award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction.
Manveen Kaur Kohli is a British-Indian currently residing in Perth.
Abbra Kotlarczyk is a visual artist and poet living on Wurundjeri land.
Tyberius Larking is a 20 year old Mirning and South Asian poet and illustrator.
Hau Latukefu is a pioneer of Australian hip hop.
Caitie Lawless is a writer, editor and publicist living in Sydney.
Wen-Juenn writes poetry on unceded Wurundjeri Country.
Bella Li is the author of Argosy, Lost Lake, and Theory of Colours.
Emerging Writer Murri Man originally from regional Queensland (FNQ) but living on/off in Melbourne since 2021. Poems, short stories, song lyrics, academic writings
Elena Macdonald is a descendant of the Paredarerme Nation, located on the east coast of Trouwunna/lutruwita. A writer, story teller and knowledge holder, Elena splits her time between Naarm and Trouwunna.
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.
Caitlin McGregor is a writer, artist and editor.
Fiona Kelly McGregor
Fiona Kelly McGregor’s most recent novel Iris, is shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Awards and was longlisted for the Stella Prize.
Leah Jing McIntosh
Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic, researcher, and the founding editor of Liminal.
Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer, social worker and counsellor living on Wurundjeri land.
Janine Mikosza is a writer with a background in visual art and a PhD in sociology.
Dana Mitchell is an emerging playwright, poet and comedian from Melbourne.
Selina Moir-Wilson is a writer, editor and comics artist. They are the editor of Voiceworks.
Elijah Money (he/him) is a queer Wiradjuri brotherboy who was raised on Kulin Nations where he continues to reside.
Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist based on Gadigal land, Sydney.
Gareth Morgan is the author of Dear Eileen, and When A Punk Becomes A Spunk, and co-director of Sick Leave.
Lia Dewey Morgan
Lia Dewey Morgan is a poet and writer living on stolen land in Narrm. She grapples with the continuity and chaos present in contemporary living, using poetry as a toolkit to pry open our muddled moment. Her first book, ‘Bath Songs’, was published with local press nomorepoetry.
Maki Morita is a Japanese-Australian writer and performance-maker on unceded Wurundjeri country.
Cienan Muir is the Australian Director of Indigenous Comic Con and founder of the Indiginerd Popculture Company.
Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-born writer and editor living in Wurundjeri land.
Artemis Muñoz (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on Wurundjeri land.
Brodie is a Wamba Wamba playwright and performer.
Nadia Niaz founded and edits the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.
Mia Nie is a Chinese-Australian comic artist, essayist, illustrator, zine-maker and award-nominated ex-poet living on unceded Wurundjeri country.
Ellen is a Guringai (Garigal/Walkeloa) writer and editor living on Bidjigal land.
Arty Owens (They/Them) is a queer chronically ill writer based in Naarm (Melbourne).
Nana is a podcaster, producer and radio presenter based in Naarm. She is the creator and host of the podcast, The Subtlety of It, and a fill-in presenter on Triple R.
Helena Pantsis (she/they) is a writer, student, burgeoning editor, and artist from Naarm.
Madison Pawle is a writer living on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land.
Jasper Peach is a trans, non-binary and disabled writer, speaker and parent.
Marise Phillips is an emerging writer and editor based in Boorloo (Perth).
Vuma Phiri engages with the stories around her as a form of entertainment, learning and to gain empathy.
Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer, arts worker and the Artistic Director and co-CEO of EWF.
Sammaneh Pourshafighi is a Queer genderfluid Muslim from Iran who grew up on the problematic paradise of the Gold Coast.
Shannon May Powell
Shannon May Powell is a poet, artist and somatic experiencing facilitator based on sovereign Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country.
Ryan is a Worimi fella, a “kind of” writer / a tone-deaf poet, more a fisher than a biter
Alice Pung is the author of the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.
Jinghua Qian (ey/eir/em) is a writer who works across prose, verse, audio and television.
Chunxiao Qu is a Chinese-born artist and poet who lives and works in Melbourne (Wurundjeri Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung Country).
Vanessa Radnidge began her publishing career at the Law Book Company.
Diego Ramírez is an artist with dreams, a writer with hopes and a facilitator with beliefs.
Harry Reid is a poet & co-director of Sick Leave. Harry is the author of Leave Me Alone (Cordite, 2022) & the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend (Puncher & Wattmann, 2020).
Cécile Richard makes cool things on the computer, including award-winning short games novena, ENDLESS SCROLL, and UNDER A STAR CALLED SUN.
Charles Roper is a writer of experimental non-fiction and comedy from Canberra.
Asiel Adan Sanchez
Asiel Adan Sanchez is a non-binary writer based in Naarm/Melbourne.
Sasha Kutabah Sarago
Sasha Kutabah Sarago is a Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman.
Lola is a young woman of colour who uses writing to ponder the intersectionality of experience.
Melanie Saward is a proud descendant of the Bigambul and Wakka Wakka peoples. She is a writer, editor, and university lecturer based in Tulmur (Ipswich), Queensland.
Ronnie Scott’s first novel The Adversary was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and his second novel is called Shirley.
Elfy Scott is an award-winning journalist, podcaster and presenter working in Sydney.
Danielle Scrimshaw is a writer, historian and lighthouse enthusiast.
Saman Shad is a writer, editor, journalist and teller of stories.
Tamala Shelton is a proud Bundjalung and Lama Lama actor, audiobook narrator, writer and spoken word artist based in Naarm (Melbourne).
Harry Sherratt lives in Naarm. He has been published in sick leave and Cordite, and is currently studying creative writing.
Natasha Sholl is a writer and lapsed lawyer based in Melbourne, Australia.
Ella Skilbeck-Porter is a poet and visual poet living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.
Nicole Smith is a writer, wheelchair user, coffee addict, AFL footy fan and improviser.
Penny Smits is a writer, communications consultant, and ghostwriter based in Melbourne.
Anna Snoekstra is the author of Only Daughter, Little Secrets and The Spite Game.
Ishack Sonlay is a Writer and Community Development Practitioner from East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.
Mason Soto’s writing is inspired by New Narrative writers, abolitionists, landscapes of the American South, and the poetry of her lovers.
Ari Tampubolon is a performance artist working across filmmaking, writing, experimental performance, and commercial drag forms.
Saraid Taylor is a poet, novelist and athlete, living on Wurundjeri land.
Madhvi Singh Thakur is a bi-lingual writer, scholar, and sometimes ghostwriter.
Veisinia Tonga is a Tongan Kakala artist and a Multidisciplinary Storyteller.
Michelle Scott Tucker
Michelle Scott Tucker is the author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World and the co-writer of Aaron Fa’Aoso’s memoir So Far, So Good.
Jenny Valentish is a Castlemaine-based author, journalist and teacher, specialising in memoir and creative non-fiction.
Prithvi Varatharajan is a poet, essayist/critic, and sometimes literary audio producer who lives in Melbourne.
adam varty is a transsexual lover, fighter and sometimes poet living in melbourne
Dženana Vucic is a Bosnian-Australian writer, poet and critic
Sarah Walker is a writer, artist and photographed based in Naarm/Melbourne.
Khalid Warsame is a writer, editor, and producer who lives in Naarm.
Jenna Rain Warwick is a Luritja artist, curator and music selector.
Tegan Webb is a writer, zine and digital art maker.
Miriam writes stories in and around Naarm.
Zerene is a proud Wutyubaluk Woman living and working on Wada Wurrung Country in Ballaarat.
Emily Westmoreland is the Program Director of Willy Lit Fest and runs Dinner Party Press.
Vyshnavee Wijekumar is a freelance critic, arts worker and writer of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage.
Sean Wilson is a writer from Perth, now based in Melbourne.
Beau Windon is a neurodivergent author of Wiradjuri heritage based in Naarm.
Hannah Winspear-Schillings is Melbourne-based writer, having previously been published in Farrago, Concrete, and Forge & Flint.
Misbah Wolf is a Naarm based poet, who is a hybrid artist, combining music, poetry, performance and art.
Hannah Wu is a writer and musician from Aotearoa, studying on unceded Wurundjeri land.
Grace Yee’s poetry has been widely published and anthologised across Australia and internationally.
Kitman Yeung is an artist with origins wavering in the grey in-between zone of self-empowered Chinese roots and the colonised Australian histories.
Jessica Zhan Mei Yu is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Jess Zanoni is a writer, musician, and the current Program Coordinator of EWF.
Annie Zhang is a writer and editor based on Gadigal and Wangal land.
Anna Zobel is an author, illustrator and teacher from Melbourne.
Arts Centre Melbourne, The Channel
Performance Space in The Channel is around the corner of Hamer Hall.
St Kilda Road Terrace, Southbank VIC 3006
Arts Centre Melbourne, The Channel
The Computer Lab in The Channel is around the corner of Hamer Hall.
St Kilda Road Terrace, Southbank VIC 3006
Australian Queer Archives
The Victorian Pride Centre, 79/81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182
2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren 3085
711 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street
Marjoca Room, 253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Victoria St & Louisa St, Coburg VIC 3058
Courtyard, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066
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50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046
Grand Foyer, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Long Room, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Kathleen Syme Library
Multipurpose Room, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053
Library at the Dock
Activities Space, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
The Stables 2 Wreckyn St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
34-40 Jane Bell Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
REAR of 82/84 Ferguson St, Williamstown VIC 3016
Queen Victoria Womens Centre
Millarri Murnmut - outside breeze is located on level 5 within the Queen Victoria Womens Centre via access lifts. 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Melbourne Connect, at, 114 Grattan St, Parkville VIC 3052
27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Northbank, Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000
State Library Victoria
Conversation Corner, SLV, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Second Location (Edmund Herring Pavilion), 23 Dallas Brook Drive via SERCO Shrine Depot Driveway.
Fitzroy Gardens, 298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Wheeler Centre
Performance Space Level 2, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000, VIC
The Wheeler Centre
Workshop Space Level 4, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000, VIC
Thornbury Picture House
802 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Williamstown Town Hall
104 Ferguson St, Williamstown VIC 3016
Willows and Wine
315 Victoria St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
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