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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Heidi Everett

Heidi Everett is a writer, multidimensional artist, independent producer, mental health and neurodivergent advocate based in Melbourne/on Wurundjeri Country. Heidi is founder and director of lived experience arts collectives Schizy Inc and Qualia Theatre. Heidi received the Victorian Government Disability Volunteer award, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Human Rights award, and Qualia Theatre received the Melbourne FRINGE Access and Inclusion award. Heidi’s memoir My Friend Fox was published by Ultimo Press in 2021 revealing the experience of the public psychiatric system through the metaphor of a fox.

Friday 23 June, 11AM

Writeability: Self-told Stories

This panel features writers who have lived experience of disability reflecting on writing today.