Emerging Writers’ Festival

Words - Evan Mery, Photos - Courtesy of the gallery

What: Emerging Writers’ Festival

Where: Various locations around Melbourne, St Kilda and Collingwood

When: 26 May to 5 June

Who: Local and international Artists and Writers

Why: - Whether your a word nerd or avid reader/casual writer - The Emerging Writers' Festival has something for everyone: loads of FREE events / VIP tickets / one off event tix starting at $10 / wine & pizza events! Performance readings, conferences, workshops - it's going to be a jam packed 2 weeks so be sure to check it out!

Tickets can be booked online at www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/events


Our Top Picks:


Date: Tuesday 26 May – Friday June 5

The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday 2 June, 7pm – 8.30pm

Price: FREE

Australia’s comics scene is a small but vital one. Come check out our exhibition Graphic Contents Express. A literal visual feast, it will showcase work from Lachlan Conn, Mandy Ord, Chris Gooch, Katie Parrish, Josh Santospirito, Nicky Minus, Simon Hanselmann, Jo Waite, Merv Heers, Leigh Rigozzi and more in all its graphic glory.



Date: Wednesday 27 May – Thursday 4 June

Venue: Slice Girls Pizza, 369 Little Lonsdale Street

Price: FREE and $10 Pizzas

Slice Girls Pizza plays host to 3 creatives a day for 9 days as they each add a chapter to a book created over the course of EWF. A writer, editor and designer will spend a day working away on their chapter as they chow down on some delicious slices. Pay them a visit and pick up your own slice of the EWF pie – literally.




Date: Saturday May 30, 4pm – 5pm

Venue: Swanston Hall, Town Hall

Price: FREE with Writers’ Conference Pass or $17 full/$15 concession

Race, gender, class, sexuality and disability. The writers from SWEATSHOP take you across the intersections with performance readings that span along the highways of Western Sydney. Featuring: Luke Carman, Tamar Chnorhokian, Peter Polites, Amanda Yeo, Stephen Pham and Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Hosted by Roslyn Oades.



Date: Saturday 30 May, 7.30pm – late

Venue: Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Price: $17/$15

What does a picture of yourself say about… yourself? Find out as we challenge eight writers to bare all, pictorially – narrating their inner-selves with a series of selfies. Come hear autobiographical tales in a visually stimulating environment! Bring your iphone/camera/ mirror. Featuring Ellena Savage, Ronnie Scott, and Liam Pieper, Jackson Eaton and more. Presented in partnership with SPOOK Magazine


TRAVEL WRITING [Conference Conversation]

Date: Saturday 30 May, 2pm

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-100 Swanston Street Melbourne

It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing a Facebook friend post their snaps from their latest trip – everyone’s always globetrotting without you. Past the photos and past the check-ins, how do we write about travel and how should we? Featuring Lorna Hendry, Alister McKeich and Torre De Roche.


TV WRITING [Conference Conversation]

Date: Sunday 30 May, 3pm

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-100 Swanston Street Melbourne

The television machine is always rumbling, and it can be easy to forget that each program has a team behind it. Who are the writers behind the TV shows we love, and how did they get there? Is writing for TV really like the 30 Rock writers’ room? These writers chat about their careers and what it’s like to see your words spoken on the little screen. Featuring Lawrence Leung, Fiona Harris, and John Richards.



Date: Monday 1 June, 7.30pm – late

Venue: Bella Union, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton

Price: $17/$15

This ain’t your grandparents slide night. Join us for a night of storytelling and visual feasts from around the world. From the confines of Carlton, we’ll explore the world with the help of incredible storytelling. Featuring Sean Dooley, Ni Made Purnamasari, Aan Mansyur, Harriet McNight, Amarlie Foster, Laura Stortenbeker, Joe Rubbo and Melody Newel. Presented in partnership with the Adventure Handbook



Date: Monday 1 June, 9pm – late

Venue: Thousand Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne

Price: Free

We know that writers are word nerds, but what other passions are they hiding? Join KYD and five of their favourite writers as they confess their nerdy fascinations and secret obsessions. It will be a night of fun and fandom, where good taste is abandoned for a daggy celebration of the things that really make writers tick. Divulge your own culture crush in the KYD Confessional for the chance to win prizes on the night.



Date: Tuesday 2 June, 8.30am – 9.45am

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne

Price: FREE (Booking Essential)

Queer writers share their experiences, their practices and their thoughts. Do issues relating to sexuality and gender identity inform their writing? The participants will shed light on the opportunities, advantages and challenges that face emerging and established LGBTQIA authors. Featuring Dean Beck, Kath Duncan and Eloise Brook.



Date: Tuesday 2 June, 12.30pm – 2pm

Venue: 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Price: FREE

Cut, paste, draw, staple: Zine is a verb. Get your hands dirty in your lunchbreak with a free zine making workshop from Cameron Baker – illustrator and maker of the zine Mote. BYO ideas and bandaids for paper cuts – we’ll provide the rest.



Date: Wednesday 3 June, 8.30am – 9.45am

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne

Price: FREE

Artists and illustrators collaborate with writers to produce graphic novels, picture books and comics. How do artists approach story telling differently to writers? What are the advantages to telling a story through pictures with little or no accompanying text? What are the challenges? Featuring Tim Molloy, Rebecca Hayes and more.



Date: Thursday 4 June, 6pm – 7pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne

Price: $17 full/$15 concession

Why not finish with a bang? John Marsden is one of Australia’s favourite writers, and Madeleine closes out a stellar series by getting a peek into his life.



Date: Thursday 4 June, 9pm – late

Venue: Thousand Pound Bend 361 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne

Proce: FREE

Last year, Archer hosted the biggest, boldest and sexiest night on the EWF calendar. Since launching in 2013, the award-winning journal of sexuality and gender has picked up media gongs, nominations and stockists in New York, San Francisco and London. Join the Archer community for the launch of this beloved publication’s highly-anticipated fourth edition, featuring articles on ageing and sexuality, feminism and porn, body diversity and homophobia in sport. Up Late with Archer – a night of passion, prose and promiscuity.