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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Patrick Mercer

Patrick is a Wadawurrung Kulin writer who spends their time split between Ballarat, their mother’s Country, and Narrm. Patrick also identifies with their Irish, Jewish and Anglo settler heritage and lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Patrick is interested in cultural heritage, cultural landscapes and forgotten or unsung histories; Patrick finds comfort and inspiration in writing for Country, telling stories about place and imagining Aboriginal timelessness from beyond colonial realities. Patrick is exploring their identities as a disabled First Nations person in a capitalist apocalypse and the confusing relationships that our entanglement create

Wednesday 14 June, 7pm

Opening Night: Truth Telling

Come set the stage for the landmark 20th Emerging Writers’ Festival!