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Emerging Writers’ Festival: Re-Forming the Field

20 June 2023, 1:00pm2:00pm
CostFree; booking required
Location Conversation Quarter
State Library Victoria
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Brimming with triumph and tragedy, passion and hope, sport is a fertile ground for storytelling. But sport has also excluded and othered as many as it has welcomed. So how can we explore the possibilities on the pitch and use sport to tell our own stories? 

Hear from sports-focused writers and artists Simona Castricum, Kirby Fenwick and Saraid Taylor as they explore pathways to sports writing, representation in sport storytelling, the creative possibilities in sport and how we can use sport to tell our stories.

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About Simona Castricum

Simona Castricum is a multidisciplinary creative and academic working in music and architecture on Wurundjeri land of Kulin Nation. Her work explores queer and trans intersections in architecture, music, the public realm, and civic life. Simona is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and is a musician and producer. Simona’s speculative creative practice explores queer and trans fictions, reimagining radical relationships between the tactile, virtual, and affective conditions of gender and sexual nonconformity.

About Kirby Fenwick

Kirby Fenwick is a writer, researcher and audio producer living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land. She is a co-founder of Siren: A Women in Sport Collective and has written for the ABC, The Guardian, Eureka Street and more. In 2022, she completed her honours thesis on women in sports journalism in Australia. Kirby’s audio documentary, The First Friday in February, was awarded the 2018 Oral History Victoria Award. In 2021, she was a participant in The Wheeler Centre’s Signal Boost program.

About Saraid Taylor

Saraid Taylor is a poet, novelist and athlete, living on Wurundjeri land. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, with a bachelor’s degree of fine arts (screenwriting). In 2022, her writing won the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Questions Writing Prize, and was shortlisted for the Djillong Short Story Competition, the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing, the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize and the Alan Marshall Short Story Award. Her debut novel Flinch is forthcoming with UQP. You can find her at:

About Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. EWF exists to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.

Through the flagship festival in Melbourne and an annual program of events, EWF provides opportunities for emerging writers to develop professionally, and supports them to engage new and larger audiences. EWF is a place where creativity and innovation are celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers' Festival