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Unless you’ve had your eyes glued to books for weeks, you’ve probably heard that EWF is heading to Adelaide for the first time ever! Yep, next Friday 5 September we’re kicking things off with ‘The Night of the Living Journals‘, Adelaide’s biggest simultaneous lit journal launch.

Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, DubniumOn Dit and local zinesters will all be launching their latest issues with us in Adelaide, so make sure you come along and grab them before everyone else.

Things will also get a bit sexy in the evening as Empire Times, Flinders University’s student mag, will be launching their sex issue. It’s their 41st issue of the magazine as it’s been running since 1969! “Sex pet peeves, ‘pizza’ production, lab-grown vaginas, slut shaming, Dom dos and don’ts, the angler fish, sex work and freeing the female nipple are just some bits to get you on your toes for this issue”, says editor Jessica Nicole.

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Check out the EWF Adelaide program and we can’t wait to see you there!

Night of the Living Journals
7pm, Friday 5 September
SA Writers’ Centre
Second Floor, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide

EWF Adelaide is run in partnership with Flinders UniversitySA Writers CentreCarclewThe University of AdelaideFifth Quarter, and the Centre for Youth Literature.

Introducing our EWF Adelaide Artists: Simon Collinson

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What is your writing/publishing background?

I’ve been a bookseller for five years and a student magazine editor for three. I started freelancing in earnest as an ebook designer and book reviewer after I graduated late last year, and I’m currently Geek-in-Residence at the local trade publisher Wakefield Press, responsible for overhauling their ebook business. I’ve been working for The Lifted Brow since March as their online editor, and I’m also the editorial manager for the boutique ebook publisher Simply Ebooks SA, which we’ll be launching officially in just a few weeks.

Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?

I get withdrawal symptoms if I go more than a couple of weeks without visiting Chinatown and the Central Market. So much good, cheap food in one place (and with free parking nearby, to boot). Plus, I frittered away many many many teenage hours playing Counter-Strike in Chinatown’s seedy internet cafés, so there’s probably a bit of nostalgia there too.

What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide Roadshow?

I’ll be on a panel called ‘Digital Futures’ as part of The Writers’ Masterclass on Saturday 6 September, talking about digital writing in all its forms, with a particular emphasis on some of the stuff I’ve been commissioning for The Lifted Brow—criticism by email, coding ​ and​ writing for Tumblr, ‘Snow Fall’ type parallax pieces, JavaScript ​-enabled​ ​pieces, etc. etc.

I’ll also be at the SA Writers’ Centre on Friday 5 for ‘Night of the Living Journals‘, helping to launch the latest issues of The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, and Dubnium, as well as a few other rad little mags. Plus, the Brow’s ​hosting ​’​Mixtape Memoirs​’​ ​​on ​the ​Saturday ​night​ ​​, which is going to be excellent.

 

Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.

This exciting program begins on Friday with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.

 

 

Introducing our EWF Adelaide Artists: Rory Kennett-Lister

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What is your writing/publishing background?

 I’ve worked as a freelance writer for around 8 years, in that time moving from fawning album reviews of my favourite bands, to slightly more considered non-fiction and fiction pieces. My work has been published in Collect, Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Monocle, among others. I am a former editor of Adelaide University’s On Dit (2011) and currently work as a copywriter in advertising.

Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?

Himeji Garden in the South Parklands, The Exeter Hotel on Rundle Street, and the Adelaide Hills, particularly when viewed from a moving motorcycle

What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide Roadshow?

I will be one part of a writerly melange at the Night of the Living Journals. This will involve a reading of something/s I have written for The Lifted Brow, preceded by numerous, nerve-calming trips to the bar.

 

Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.

This exciting program begins on Friday with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.

 

Mixtape Memoirs is Coming to Adelaide!

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We’re super excited to be bringing Mixtape Memoirs (one of the most popular Emerging Writers’ Festival events ever invented) to Adelaide with the support of The Lifted Brow!

To whet your appetite for Mixtape Memoirs’ Adelaide debut, our friends at All The Best have recorded three stories from the last Mixtape Memoirs event. Listen in rapture/horror as “nascent love God” Chad Parkhill talks about losing his virginity, Anna Dunnil speaks about “clinging to other people who are hitting rock bottom just as hard as you” and totally nails a badass ukelele cover of The Mountain Goat’s ‘This Year’, and Sam West explains why he find “aggressive cyborg music” truly romantic.

To get you even more excited about Adelaide, have a listen to ‘You Can Have It All’, by Summer Flake. Steph Crase (aka Summer Flake, aka a bit of a musical genius) will be sharing her memoir at Mixtape Memoirs in Adelaide, and following it with some tracks designed to get you swaying soulfully while considering your place in the universe.

Mixtape Memoirs takes place on Saturday 6 September, 7.30pm, at Tuxedo Cat. Find out more and book your earlybird tickets here!

 

Mixtape Memoirs is run in partnership with The Lifted Brow. EWF Adelaide is run in partnership with SA Writers CentreCarclewThe University of AdelaideFifth Quarter, and the Centre for Youth Literature.

Introducing our EWF Adelaide Artists: Amy Maynard

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What is your writing/publishing background?

I’m a PhD student, freelancer, and short story writer. With my research, I study modern Australian comic book publishing. It’s pretty sick, to have a day job where I just study comics. The end game is to write a book about it. Last year I wrote a paper on the cultural capital of Batman graphic novels in the 1980s, and managed to present it at Mansfield College, Oxford. To say that was a wonderfully surreal career highlight is an understatement.

I’ve been a freelance contributor to Pop Matters, WhatCulture, Sequart, Fringe Review, the Australian Comics Journal, Comics Forum, and On the Record. I’m currently the editor of the Writers Bloc Tumblr, Hell Yeah Writers Bloc, where we publish strips and single panel comics, do artist profiles, and event coverage.

My freelance work usually entails me sitting down at my laptop writing about comics and film and and whatever else, trying to keep my profanity to a minimum. (I’m not always successful). The only times I get out the house when I’m freelancing are when I’m reviewing Adelaide Fringe shows. That’s when I turn up to a show three sheets to the wind, scribbling in my little notebook, NEEDS MORE CLOWNS. Even if the show is not about clowns.

Lastly, with my short stories, I’ve only recently started giving it a crack, but I’ve been published in a few places. Hearsay and Dubnium, mainly. I write stories in my spare time. The rest of the time is spent being as nerdy as possible (see above).

Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?

The Grace Emily Hotel. Where can you find a shrine to Bert Newton? The Grace. A tiny Jesus holding a cigarette in a Nativity play? The Grace. A TV showing old cult TV shows at strange hours? The Grace. And then there’s the beer selection! I once had this espresso stout there which was canned nirvana. I don’t remember what the blazes it was called, but it had a sumo wrestler flaunting his butt on it, and it was just perfection.

What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide Roadshow?

I’ll be reading out a story of mine on behalf of the lit magazine Dubnium, and doing some emcee work at comics events.

 

Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.

This exciting program begins on Friday September 5, with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday September 6, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday September 7, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.

 

 

Introducing our EWF Adelaide Artists: Jane Howard

 

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What is your writing/publishing background?

What is your writing/publishing background? I am a freelance culture critic, writer, and researcher. I started blogging theatre reviews completely as a hobby during the 2009 Fringe, and discovered this untapped passion for analysing performance. At the time I was studying a degree in genetics and working in a research lab, so I certainly never thought writing was where my career would end up. I was lucky to find some early champions of my writing, including local artists and producers, who pushed me in the direction of Lowdown Magazine, which was a youth arts publication – about youth arts or by young writers.

Since then, I’ve been a writer- or blogger-in-resdience on various projects, including two Australian Theatre Forums and an endurance performance art work Mass Action: 137 Cakes In 90 Hours, and I’ve written for publications including RealTime, ABC Arts Online and un Magazine. I’m now a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, and am having some fun doing ‘experimental theatre criticism’ for The Lifted Brow.

Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?

My go-to spot is Coffee Branch on Leigh Street for coffee and what ever lovely baked good they have for sale that day. I always go in just planning to buy a coffee, but it rarely works out that way! It’s good coffee, it’s good for a meeting, and it’s also one of those perfect Adelaide places to always (and I mean always) bump into several friends while you’re there.

What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide Roadshow?

I’ll be chairing a panel on performance writing during the Writers’ Workshop. I don’t know if writers often think about how their work can intersect with performance. Playwrights tend to gravitate towards theatre communities rather than writing communities, which means someone from a creative writing practice might not necessarily meet theatre writers and think about expanding their work out. By the same token, lots of writers who are interested in criticism tend to look towards literature criticism over performance. I hope we can tease out what it is about the genre of performance we love (both writing for and writing about) and inspire some people to think about their writing in a way they perhaps haven’t before.

 

Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.

This exciting program begins on Friday with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.

 

 

 

Introducing our EWF Adelaide Artists: Heather Taylor Johnson

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What is your writing/publishing background? 

I have had three poetry collections and one novel published. When I write poetry I feel like I’m indulging, and when I write prose I feel like I’m working. It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to switch between the two depending on my mood. I have been working as an editor for eight years. I was Poetry Editor for Wet Ink magazine, a guest Poetry Editor for Etchings, and I’m the current Poetry Editor for Transnational Literature. I was also a Co-editor for Australian Poetry’s first members’ anthology, Metabolism, and for a little book put out by Wakefield Press called Cracker: a Christmas Anthology. Actually, Cracker was published in 2013, so I guess I’ve been editing for 11 years! I have also written critically about the arts and literature as a reviewer for more than a decade, and I’ve had my moments of teaching Creative Writing at university too. I’m currently giving essay writing a go.

 Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?

I love the Port. It’s really grungy and artsy but still very local, not at all commercial. It’s quite diverse in its socio-economic and ethnic make-up, so a perfect place to raise our kids. I also love the Mockingird Lounge, which is a used bookstore in Glenelg. They’ve taken a house and transformed it into a store, with each room a different genre. They serve delicious Reuben sandwiches for lunch, which remind me of America, where I come from.

 What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide program?

I’ll be on a panel addressing freelance writing, so basically how to make it as a full-time writer. I’m not sure I’ve ‘made it’ but I’m really happy with what I’m doing and I’m busy every day. I feel I’m on the path I should be on.

 

Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.

This exciting program begins on Friday with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.

EWF TRAVELS TO INDONESIA FOR ‘ISLAND TO ISLAND’

The Emerging Writers’ Festival and Asialink Arts are very pleased to announce that a group of emerging writers will be travelling to Indonesia presenting a new immersive cultural exchange program, Island to Island, supported by Arts Victoria.

Island to Island will see two exceptional emerging Australian writers – André Dao and Gillian Terzis (pictured below) – travelling to Jakarta to meet with two emerging Indonesian writers – Maggie Tiojakin and Ninda Daianti – before travelling from Jakarta to Bali in time for the 2014 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

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The writers will be joined by Emerging Writers’ Festival staff Sam Twyford-Moore and Connor Tomas O’Brien. Along their journey, they will be meeting writers and cultural organisations, all while documenting their trip and new connections on a special travel website.

At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival – whose vibrant and diverse program was launched today – the writers will partake in a number of panels and events, before collaborating during a week long writing residency.

Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Sam Twyford-Moore said, ‘We are so excited to continue our relationship with Indonesia with ‘Island to Island’ following two incredibly successful exchange programs. This international exchange, comprising of both a tour and residency, with both writers and artistic staff, is a completely unique program, and we are excited to be working with Asialink Arts to allow writers from Australia and Indonesia to travel together and form meaningful connections and expand their professional practice, too. We can’t wait to pack our bags and head over in a couple of months!’

The tour will take place from September 26 and run until October 13, taking in the dates of the 2014 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival from 1 October – 5 October.

 

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Island to Island is presented by Asialink Arts and the Emerging Writers’ Festival, supported by Arts Victoria.

Congratulations Writer Pals!

Hey! Remember our opening night back in May, where we announced the winner of the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript? Well, more congratulations are in order for winner Miles Allinson, because he’s just signed a two-book deal with Scribe! Congrats, Miles!

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Runner up, hot desk fellowship-er, EWF panellist, and all round babe Jennifer Down also deserves a thousand rounds of applause, securing a deal with Text, who will be publishing her manuscript, Our Magic Hour, in 2015.

Congratulations guys! We look forward to seeing many of our emerging writers on the cover of lovely books in the future.

Open Callout: Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 Digital Reporters

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The Emerging Writers’ Festival is on the lookout for five Digital Reporters to become the voice of the Melbourne Writers Festival!

Digital Reporters will be given the run of the Melbourne Writers Festival, with exclusive media passes to MWF events, a $200 stipend, and professional development from the Emerging Writers’ Festival team. Reporters will have their coverage of the MWF published on the Melbourne Writers Festival website, and will participate on stage in a special MWF event.

Sound interesting? We’re looking for applicants with unique approaches to digital reporting: bloggers, vidcasters, podcasts, photographers, illustrators… coders?

The selection of Digital Reporters will be based on the standard of the applicant’s writing sample, the standard of the applicant’s existing blog/vidcast/podcast portfolio, and their ability to report in a tone that suits coverage of the MWF.

Applications are open now and close Tuesday 8 July!

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