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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Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, poet, critical autoethnographer, and academic who lectures in children’s literature and inclusive children’s media at Monash University. She has served as a literacy specialist for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia, Fiji, Singapore, UAE, and the USA. Her counter-hegemonic creative work continues the traditions of her Gullah heritage and explores themes of immigration, Black-motherhood, belonging, and racial literacy. Denise was shortlisted for the Queensland Poetry’s 2022 XYZ Prize, recently exhibited her poetry and interactive digital storytelling in the Volume: Bodies-of-Knowledge project at Brisbane MetroArts, and is a 2023 Mem Fox Visiting Research Fellow.

Friday June 16, 12:30pm

Lunch/Break: Writing for Children & Parents

In this discussion, writers will explore the diverse terrain of children’s literature and underscore the importance of creating inclusive and representative fictional worlds.