Emerging Writers’ Festival Launch: Fact vs Fiction
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2014 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.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival promote the interests of emerging writers – to improve their opportunities for professional development as well as their engagement with the broader public. Each year EWF brings writers, editors, publishers and performers together with readers for a festival that is an essential part of Australia’s literary calendar.
Co-hosted by Emerging Writers' Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore and Wheeler Centre Head of Programming Simon Abrahams.
Simon Abrahams is a strategic arts and cultural leader, dynamic programmer and experienced producer whose work has been recognised nationally and internationally. He is Chair of Theatre Network Victoria, and a freelance arts consultant and performer.
Liam Pieper is an author and journalist. His first book was a memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. His second was the Penguin Special Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, winner of the 2015 Geoff Dean Short Story Prize and the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague. His first novel, The Toymaker, received the 2016 Christina Stead Fiction Award from the Fellowship of Australian Writers.
Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage, audio and live art.
Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1). In 2015 she published her first book, Almost Sincerely, a collection of 'autobiographicalish' short stories. Zoe is also the co-creator of Story Club, a monthly storytelling night, ABC2 TV show and podcast.
Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, during which time he directed three Melbourne-based festivals, launched the Digital Writers’ Festival and toured the festival to Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and across Indonesia. As a writer he has contributed to the Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Australian, Meanjin, the Guardian, the Lifted Brow and others. He is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published in August 2018.
Nicholas J. Johnson grew up in the circus around carnies and sideshow folk, understanding and practicing sleight of hand and card tricks, and intimate with the power of manipulation, deception and distraction. After decades of rubbing shoulders with fraudsters and liars, Nicholas J. Johnson is now a sought-after performer, writer and scam consultant, educating the public about the tricks of the con artist’s trade.
He has appeared on A Current Affair, The Project, Sunrise, Kids WB, Today, ABC Radio National and Triple J as an expert on fraud and deception. He has consulted with everyone from magician David Blaine to Circus Oz. An acclaimed comedian, Nicholas J. Johnson has performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he was nominated for the 2014 Golden Gibbo Award for best independent comedy, and received the 2015 Moosehead Award.
His debut novel Chasing The Ace was published in 2014. His follow-up, Fast and Loose, was released July 2015. Nicholas J. Johnson lives in Melbourne.