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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Jessica Yu

Jessica Zhan Mei Yu is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has been published in Best Australian Poems, Overland, Yen, The Sydney Morning Herald, The White Review and more. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature Award in the Unpublished Manuscript category. Her debut novel, But the Girl will be published by Jonathan Cape (UK) and Penguin Random House (Australia) on August 1, 2023. Her essay collection, All the Stain is Tender will follow with the same publishers.