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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Sammaneh Pourshafighi

Sammaneh Pourshafighi is a Queer genderfluid Muslim from Iran who grew up on the problematic paradise of the Gold Coast. Their ancestral tribes originate from Isfahan, Gilan, and Kurdistan. Their work frequently examines identity politics, mental health, diasporic tensions, ethno-futurism and the complex relationships between bodies and environments through an intersectional feminist lens. As part of a trans-disciplinary practice, Pourshafighi’s work encompasses performance, poetry, collage, and photography often with an emphasis on surprising contrasts and humour. Pourshafighi is currently co-creating a performance based work ‘Over The Borderline’ with feminist arts collective APHIDS as part of the Arts House Culture Lab.

Saturday 24 June, 8pm

Closing Night: Celestial Bodies

See the festival off with us in true extravagance, gala-style, and witness a dreamy line-up of well-loved writers, artists and inter-galactic DJS.