Emerging Writers’ Festival highlights

Joshua Allen, one of the Creative Producers of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, shares his top picks for #ewf14.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is one of the only festivals in the world which aims to grow the next generation of emerging writers. Packed with events ranging from book launches, spoken word, panel discussions, zine swapping, masterclasses, and live music, the festival explores all forms of Australian literature and storytelling.

EWF_2013_29May_credit_Mark_Gambino-5740

#ThreeJerks
Friday 30 May, 7pm
Members of Sweatshop, a literacy collective based in Western Sydney, return this year for a performative reading, featuring Peter Polites, Luke Carman and Michael Mohammed Ahmad. The collective is known for producing powerful and engaging works from contemporary speakers.

Emerging Q&A
Monday 2 June, 7.30pm
Taking inspiration from ABC’s Q&A, our panel of guests will discuss Australia’s arts and culture landscape. Hosted by The Age’s Acting Deputy Arts Editor, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, the conversation will be guided by the audience.

Mixtape Memoirs
Wednesday 4 June, 7.30pm
Head to the Toff in Town to see local writers from the Lifted Brow performing love and lust ‘mixtape memoirs’: words written about their own personal connection with mixtapes.

Graphic Contents: A Night of Comics, Zines and Visual Oddities
Thursday 5 June, 7.30pm
Grab a zine, have a dance and watch Melbourne’s local artists showcase their work in this multimedia storytelling event. Followed by a set from DJ Game Girl, the event will also feature a readers’ room and swap stall to check out some of Melbourne’s local zines and meet the people who put them together.

These are just some of the festival highlights – make sure you head along to one of the many Emerging Writers’ Festival events, from 27 May until 6 June.