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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Jes Layton

Jes Layton is a writer, content creator, freelancer and artist, who has appeared in a number of  writers festivals including National Young Writers’ Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival among others. Jes is also the current Digital Manager for National Young Writers Festival, and Admin and Communications Coordinator for Express Media. Some of his work can be found with SBS Voices, Archer, Junkee, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, as well as in Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short stories (Nero Books, 2019) and Growing Up in Country Australia, (Black Inc, 2022).

Thursday 16 June
9-10pm AEST

Late Night Literature: Best Bookish Friends

Reconnect with the writing community in person with an event all about friendship!