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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Mawunyo Gbogbo

Mawunyo Gbogbo is the Author of the memoir Hip Hop & Hymns, published by Penguin Random House and described by Books+Publishing as “a beautiful and heart-wrenching memoir”. Mawunyo writes about growing up in the sleepy coal mining town of Muswellbrook NSW, with her love of storytelling and budding journalism career taking her to The City That Never Sleeps: New York City, where she interns at the Bible of hip hop – the Source Magazine. Mawunyo has worked in the media industry for two decades and is currently a pop culture journalist for ABC News.

Friday 23 June, 2PM

I Got A Story To Tell: Hip-Hop & Literature

2023 marks Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary of international recognition. Join these artists for a deeply compelling conversation about the ties between music, culture and literature.