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Emerging Writers' Festival 2021

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14 May 2021

The Emerging Writers' Festival (16 to 26 June) turns 18 this year, and they’re holding over 50 in-person and digital events across Victoria to celebrate.

Writers from around the world will be in Melbourne to tell their stories that will expand your mind and fill you with wonder.

State Library Victoria will be hosting several free online and in-person events during the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF).

Regional echoes (Wednesday 16 June 2021 to Tuesday 31 May 2022)

As part of the EWF, you can take a virtual walk through regional and rural Victoria.

Immerse yourself with the readings of six artists from regional and rural Victoria and how regional Australia features in storytelling. Explore how the regions can form an important part of our literary Canon through the amazing works of Renay Barker-Mulholland, Josephine Winter and William Farnsworth.

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Zine me up workshop (Saturday 26 June)

Calling zine lovers of all skill levels! The Library’s zine collection team invites you to an educational and practical workshop where you can create a zine of your own. The workshop will be held at the Create Quarter where the zine team will take you through the history and importance of zines and alternative publishing.

You’ll then get hands-on in a guided zine-making session, run by illustrator and comics artist Kim Lam.

Who knows? You might end up creating a zine of historical significance as well!

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Bodies of sound (Friday 18 June and Friday 25 June)

Fridays are for enjoying music and poetry during the EWF.

Be serenaded through spoken word and accompanying soundscapes as writers and sound artists come together to perform in perfect harmony.

About the artists:

  • Jess Zanoni is a writer, musician and editor and will perform with composer, producer and audio engineer Hyphira (Anna Durham).
  • Panda Wong is a poet and editor and will perform with writer and musician Hannah Wu.
  • Thao Ly is a sound artist and storyteller and will perform with visual artist Mahla Karimian.

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This event is a collaboration between Emerging Writers Festival and State Library Victoria.