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Events Legend

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Conference

The National Writers’ Conference

Sat 31 May, 9:00 AM

Across 31 May to 1 June, industry professionals from across Australia will converge on the iconic Melbourne Town for the National Writers’ Conference.  The cornerstone event of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the two-day Conference is programmed to inform and inspire writers of all genres and styles. Ranging from the emerging to the established, writers and panellists offer exciting and varied perspectives on the industry, sharing the ins and outs of their writing lives, deconstructing and discussing the art, the craft and business of being a writer.
Melbourne Town Hall Full $85/Concession $60

Launch

Festival Program Launch

Wed 30 Apr, 6:15 PM

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2014 Festival program with the ultimate game of fact vs fiction. How often do novelists base their work on actual events? Do journalists exaggerate the truth for the sake of a good story? Do poets even know the difference? Four guests from this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival present their tall tales at the program launch. The trick is to convince everyone they are telling the truth, unless of course they’re lying. It’s up to you to decide. Choose your side and behold the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival program in all its glory, as the truth (and this year’s stellar lineup) is finally revealed! The 2014 program will be available on the night – in print and online. So, if you can’t make it on the night, be sure to check this site for all the details. Please note this event is currently booked out, but there will be tickets available at the door on the evening.
The Wheeler Centre FREE

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Network

Interstate Mates: Your Welcoming Drinks!

Fri 30 May, 5:00 PM

Emerging Writers’ Festival prides itself on being the national meeting place for Australian writers, and it would be wrong of us to throw on the festival and not say hi to those who have jumped on a plane, train or automobile, whether from Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin or anywhere else on the map. Local writers are welcome to join in and say hi to their interstate mates. Our interstate artists will be presented, and we will be projecting Mapping the Words, our national map of Australian writers, with a short reading from the entrants. But best of all: grab a fellow writer, grab a drink and plan your next national collaboration right here.
Thousand Pound Bend FREE

Panel

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Performance

Amazing Babes

Sat 31 May, 7:30 PM

Inspired by Eliza Sarlos’s picture book Amazing Babes, we invite an incredible line up of writers to tell stories about the women who have inspired them, in their writing and their lives. With Canberra-based girl band Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret playing their second show ever, this is a night to be inspired and celebrate the women who made us who we are. Hosted by Eliza Sarlos, with a divine DJ set by Brodie Lancaster (Rookie). Featuring Kat Muscat, Michelle Law, Zoe Norton Lodge, Lou Heinrich, Sam George-Allen and more. Proudly supported by Dumbo Feather
The Workers Club $15 full/$12 concession
Mixtape Memoirs

Wed 4 Jun, 7:30 PM

Mixtape Memoirs is themed ‘Love + Lust’ in 2014; getting all John Cusack standing outside your window with a boom box above his head. A desperately romantic line up of writers and musicians have written memoirs based on songs they put on mixtapes for teenage lovers; some reached climax, some went unrequited. This night is the mix CD you shoved in the backpack of that sweetie back in high school. Featuring Jenny Valentish, Sam West, Ella Hooper and more. Hosted by sweetie Jack Colwell. With a hot DJ set by Geoffrey O’Connor. Presented in partnership with The Lifted Brow
The Toff In Town $15 full/$12 concession

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